October 23, 2017

New blast modelling and consumables tracking tools target mining costs

The latest release of Maptek BlastLogic drill and blast accuracy management system reduces costs for mining operations.

‘Getting the fundamentals of drill and blast right every time is crucial,’ said Maptek Product Manager for BlastLogic, Mark Roberts. ‘Better blast performance leads to better fragmentation, which in turn leads to easier handling and processing of excavated material.’

‘Improving fragmentation for example has a direct impact on ‘digability’ and can lead to shovel gains of up to 10%,’ he added.

Other factors which can have a positive influence on downstream productivity include explosives loading and blast timing controls. BlastLogic Version 2.0 adds tie up tools, blast modelling and inventory management to an already powerful solution for tracking and improving blast performance.

Commodity loss can be reduced by as much as 20% when blast techniques and performance are improved.

With tie up tools, users can quickly create and compare multiple design scenarios. BlastLogic 2.0 directly targets fragmentation, vibration and overpressure issues, providing blast modelling previews to help determine if the design will produce the desired outcome.

With BlastLogic inventory management is linked to blast results. A site catalogue tracks and reconciles explosive received, dispatched and used. This information can be easily referenced and analysed to improve forecasting.

‘BlastLogic effectively provides a live window to what’s happening in the field,’ continued Roberts. ‘Immediate access to production data, analysing results in real time and making changes on the fly mean all teams are working in sync.’

‘Sharing and analysing data instantly at critical stages helps clarify priorities. BlastLogic puts operations in a prime position to make decisions which ensure they get the best drill and blast performance for their outlay.’

Only BlastLogic supports blast-by-blast analytics, allowing comparison of blasts across the mine to correlate design, execution and results.

The performance can be analysed to ensure that every aspect of the drill and blast process is finetuned to reduce costs in downstream processing and continuously improve overall mine productivity.

Maptek is a leading provider of innovative software, hardware and services for the global mining industry with offices in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Australia. Maptek products are in use across 1700 sites in more than 65 countries. Products marketed by Maptek cover the whole mining cycle from exploration to reclamation. Vulcan is the world leader in 3D mine planning and modelling packages. I-Site is an integrated hardware and software system for 3D laser scanning, surveying and imaging. PerfectDig is an augmented reality system used to evaluate and support design conformance. BlastLogic is intelligent 3D drillhole validation and load design software, and Maptek Sentry tracks changes to surfaces over time. Maptek Eureka provides an interactive 3D environment for visualising and interpreting geophysical and seismic data.

Only recently has the company launched other products to aid miners, including modular laser scanners, Maptek Sentry, and Maptek I-Site Studio 5.0

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