Maptek takes a big picture approach to blast management

21 August, 2015 - Maptek will take BlastLogic, mining’s most advanced blast design and management system, to FragBlast 11 in Sydney this month.

BlastLogicenables mines to pre-empt risk and productivity issues before they emerge through instantaneous sharing and visualisation of operational data.

Maptek Blast Accuracy Solutions Manager Mark Roberts says the company is delighted to sponsor the global forum for scientific and technical updates on rock blasting and explosives engineering.

FragBlast is a terrific way for us to connect to the people who use our products,’ Mark says.

‘We’ve developed BlastLogic in collaboration with industry and it is relied on to track, quickly understand and act on all factors impacting drill and blast at critical stages.

‘BlastLogic accelerates the process of creating and implementing accurate blast designs. At the same time it provides measurements and reports on blast execution accuracy.’

Roberts says this is achieved through real-time data integration, reporting and 3D visualisation which can be viewed by users throughout the blast design and execution process.

‘Linking blast designs directly with the geological model and field measurement allows mines to enhance precision in blasting and understand how this impacts downstream processes,’ he says.

‘For example, if you’re looking to optimise fragmentation to improve dig rates and crusher throughput BlastLogic can quickly relate fragmentation results back to blast and geology parameters. The BlastLogic frag modelling tool helps engineers advance future designs and better inform operations of expected post-blast ground conditions.’

Roberts says Maptek is aware mines are increasingly approaching drill and blast with a big-picture perspective of the entire mining process.

‘Customers are integrating drill and blast design with our Vulcan grade control and Eureka drill-hole geophysical interpretation tools in order to validate the resource model and increase the recovery of minerals.

‘Maptek I-Site 3D laser scanning systems are being used to track the accurate extraction of resources and maximise mine safety through remote survey and precision geotechnical analysis.’

Maptek will exhibit at booths 17 and 18 of 11th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting at Sydney’s Sheraton on the Park from August 24 to 26.

About Maptek

Founded more than 30 years ago, Maptek is a leading provider of innovative software, hardware and services for global mining. Maptek solutions are used at more than 1700 sites in 75 countries, with applications across the mining cycle. Maptek develops industry-leading software Vulcan, Eureka, Evolution and BlastLogic for mine evaluation, planning, design, scheduling, operation and rehabilitation. I-Site is integrated hardware and software for 3D laser scanning, surveying and imaging. The spatial data collected can be used for geotechnical analysis, stockpile measurement, design conformance and movement tracking supported by software systems. 
I-Site Studio, Drive, PerfectDig and Sentry.


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