Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Improve the Pit Design Process with Micromine 2018
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Improve the Pit Design Process with Micromine 2018

The release of Micromine 2018, the latest version of MICROMINE’s 3D modelling and mine design solution, sees the introduction of a range of new features and enhancements that will improve the overall usability of the software.

Through Micromine’s intuitive software, mining and exploration companies are able attain an in-depth understanding of their project so that prospective regions can be targeted more effectively, increasing the chance of a project’s success. Micromine users are provided easy-to-use tools for modelling, estimation, design, optimisation and scheduling resulting in increased productivity and cost efficiencies.

“We are focused on making our client’s job easier, these enhancements will assist Micromine users to increase efficiency, save time and improve the decision-making process for managers” Micromine Technical Product Manager Frank Bilki commented on the release.

A key focus for the Micromine development team over the past 12 months has been to improve the overall usability and functionality of the Pit Design tool. 

Pit design presents a crucial step in the mine planning process for mining engineers and can ultimately influence the overall success of a project. Micromine 2018 Pit Design tool assists users to simplify the pit design process providing users with access to the essential tools required to optimise a block model.

Designing and evaluating different pit designs for optimized models can often be iterative and time consuming for engineers and mine planners. The Micromine team recognized this problem and has developed a new feature that quickly converts the results of the pit optimiser into an operationally sound pit design.

Users no longer need to worry about string directions, fixing cross overs, smoothing strings or manual intervention to construct complex ramp systems. The new Optimised Shell options can be used to automatically produce pit contours that respect the extents of the optimised pit shell.

It includes a setting which can be used to control the degree of smoothing applied to the auto-generated contours, so a design can obey the shape of the optimised shell or be smoothed to produce an operationally practical design.

Design parameters can be set to account for variable design configuration (bench heights, batter slopes, berm width) by elevation or based on geotechnical zones.

The tool can also facilitate the inclusion of ramps and prompts the user if a decision needs to be made about a ramp system. Ultimately, these new features will improve efficiencies for users and allow mine planners to prepare practical pit designs with minimal effort.

These enhancements ensure Micromine’s pit design tool remains the most intuitive and robust design tool on the market. Through Micromine’s enhanced Pit Design tool, mine planners can now spend less time preparing designs and more time evaluating different scenarios.

Micromine 2018 is now available for download, for more information and to start downloading please visit our website.

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