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What first attracted you to mining?  Was it the excitement of giant machines, the sheer scale of earthmoving, and the prospect of a job with an outdoor element?  No way did you want to be stuck behind a desk all day every day.  As careers progress, different reasons keep us passionate about mining. In time we realise that mining is the key enabler to quality of life. Construction, consumer goods, transport, entertainment, none of it would be possible without mining. But the minerals we extract are finite and non-renewable. This puts industry insiders in a unique position of responsibility to make sure we mine as efficiently as possible. We need to extend the life of our resources even where grades fall and extraction becomes complex.

So, what does all this have to do with Datamine? It has everything to do with Datamine! We continually strive to advance the tools you use to accurately model evermore complex deposits, and we provide sophisticated analytical tools to optimise extraction and plan and manage operations efficiently.

This edition of our newsletter highlights significant new capabilities in a number of our software products. We are putting sophisticated functionality in the hands of everyday engineers and geologists. With a focus on ease of use and structured workflow, you don’t need three PhDs to create highly accurate models of complex deposits and detailed extraction plans. We’ve further improved the graphics so that you can gain greater insights for what is inherently a three dimensional problem. And you can save and share the data on our secure Summit cloud platform to quickly distribute key information to downstream decision makers and analysts.

From the team here at Datamine, we hope that you enjoy using our new range of Studio products as much as we do. And we hope it goes some way to supporting the goal of efficient, responsible extraction of our mineral resources.

What drives your passion for mining?  Let us know on our LinkedIn forum.

Section1

Studio OP is a complete design and scheduling package for medium- to short-term planning of open pit mines. With a highly visual and interactive environment, Studio OP is packed with tools that make preparing data, designing pits and waste dumps, and scheduling a breeze. The system includes sophisticated optimisation routines to achieve desired financial outcomes or product blend specifications with minimal manual intervention.

As part of an intensive and ongoing engineering program, the first major update to Studio OP was released earlier this year.

Version 2.0 represents a significant upgrade for Studio OP users with respect to both the user interface and technical capabilities.

Ensure the Strategic Plan informs Operational Schedules

Studio OP v2.0 imports and understands data produced by strategic planning applications, such as Datamine’s NPV Scheduler. Mine planning block model preparation forms the first part of a managed reserves workflow, introduced for the first time in version 2.0.

Pit and Surface Design

Studio OP leverages powerful core Studio tools to facilitate rapid generation of pit designs and mining surfaces. Studio OP’s layout provides a more holistic approach to mine design, allowing you to design mine elements such as berms, contours and roads within the full context of other project artefacts such as mining blocks, dependency indicators and key destination points. This is a focus area for Studio OP moving forward –more functions are planned for this area in the future, including dynamic pit modelling.

Managed Reserves Workflow

Studio OP’s managed Reserves workflow is new for version 2. This task-based approach provides tools to generate mining block reserves that can be scheduled to form a practical mine plan.

Above: Studio OP’s Managed Reserves Workflow

Above: Studio OP’s Bench Definition Panel

The workflow comprises a set of managed tasks.

Above: Studio OP’s Reserves Ribbon

Studio OP guides you through the process of importing and managing planning block models, defining benches, using mine phase designs and topographies to create phase shells, and generating mining block reserves that can be scheduled. This information can be used as a starting point for operational planning.


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Image 1: Automatically-generated mining blocks and cutter strings for multiple benches
Image 2: Mining block strings and their inter-phase dependencies
Image 3: Studio OP Phase Bench Solids

Intuitive Mine Infrastructure Design and Short-Term Planning

The Reserves workflow is part of Studio OP’s larger capability. Block reserve data sets can be saved separately and used as a direct input to the operational scheduling functions.

The mining-specific infrastructure definition in Studio OP has been extended and includes haul routes, equipment, calendars and processing destinations and targets. Datamine’s Summit Scheduler optimisation uses the same rules to determine optimal solutions and is initiated from right within Studio OP.

Schedules, whether produced manually or via the optimizer, can be sent to the latest version of Datamine’s EPS (Enhanced Production Scheduler) via a live data connection.

With its redesigned user interface to help automatically manage your open pit data, extended data import/export functions, significant new visualizations tools (including multiple, external 3D views) and over 400 other improvements, Studio OP v2.0 is an important update and one that demonstrates Datamine’s commitment to producing the most capable open pit planning software.

Above: Example of 3D window, EPS and Plots window reports

What’s Next for Studio OP?

Many exciting developments are planned for Studio OP are already in progress. Here are some of the features you can expect to see later this year:

Dynamic Rules-based Pit Modelling: Datamine wants to change the paradigm of how pits are designed and the allow engineers to quickly assess many more alternatives.

Studio OP’s dynamic pit modelling is highly interactive and allows you to quickly test alternative ramp layouts within a pit. gradients, switchbacks and ramp exclusion/inclusion areas and sophisticates slope controls are all included. The tool generates and stores rules that can be subsequently modified to model alternative designs.

Loader Movement Optimisation Modelling: Summit Scheduler will include enhanced modelling of loader movement between phases and across benches, leading to significantly more practical schedules.

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Studio UG v1 is here!  The first step towards the major product upgrade for Studio 5D Planner is now available to existing customers.  Studio UG v1 will be issued as a bound license to existing Studio 5D Planner core licenses.  This means you can utilise both products and start to benefit from the huge improvements that are coming your way over the next 12 months.

The first release of Studio UG contains design functionality and support for the latest MSO Version 3 features. Studio UG Version 2 will follow later with complete replacement of the data preparation functionality and live link to EPS.

Here are just a few of highlights Studio UG v1 has to offer:

POWERFUL MINE DESIGN

  • Multiple design windows with data viewing controls specific to each window
  • Easily create, save and work between sections
  • Design and draw strings across multiple windows
  • Full 3D block model display with dynamic interrogation of wireframes
  • Define a 2-D design plane whilst working in a 3D view
  • Lock your view to automatically align in a 2D plane
  • Dynamic controls for clipping and moving across sections
  • Faster graphics and support for larger files through 64-bit technology

Above: External view window with independent clipping.

NEW DATA CLEANING TOOLS

  • Powerful tools for repairing wireframes for verification
  • Clean a Stope CMS and Create a 3D Isosurface
  • Use closed solids for downstream processes such as reconciliation

Above: Cleaned and smoothed CMS files.

Once released, Studio UG will be a FREE upgrade for existing Studio 5D Planner customers. Stay tuned for it’s upcoming official launch.

For more information or to request a demo please email click here.

AUTOMATED STOPE DESIGN IN MSO Version 3

  • New slicing options and introduction of the Prism method
  • Intuitive workflow to simplify parameter setup
  • dynamically view the stope orientation framework and compare to the block model area
  • Increased stope definition with 6 or 8 point shapes
  • Create stopes that break to defined structures (ie Hangingwall or Fault)
  • Adjust stope floors for existing or planned ore drives with gradients
  • Create open stopes with crown profiles or trough shapes
  • 1-click sensitivity analysis using multi-core processing

Section3

Datamine has recently released a major update to Aegis, including the new scenario-based costing features, which enable mine planning engineers to more accurately cost out an entire blast. The new functionality is contained in the Aegis Analyzer module, and allows the user to organizes drilling and blasting costs robust cost models via an easy to use spreadsheet-style interface.

Through the costing functionality, users can now set up models to perform cost comparisons between products that affect the operations differently. For example, comparing a current explosive type to an alternative, more energetic explosive which will allow a mine to widen spacing in blast pattern. Users can also change a drilling pattern in Aegis and apply the appropriate cost model to effectively compare the cost differences between different explosive products. Other uses include comparing different drill types, drill patterns and mining methods.

Unlike traditional costing approaches where costs are fixed to one item, Aegis allows users to create multiple models, linking different cost rules to identical products. The revolutionary toolset can track costs over time, compare against historical costs, and set up cost rules per hole, per ring, per stope or per length drilled basis.

“We are excited to announce the introduction of our new costing module, which will help drill blast engineers better estimate and track costs across an entire mine,” said Troy Williams, Mining Engineer and Lead Software Developer for Aegis. “Aegis Analyzer helped to fill a much-needed hole in the mining industry by giving blast planners access to powerful analysis tools to make well-informed choices regarding their ring designs. Through the ground-breaking costing model, planners can now take it one step further by organizing mining costs across different scenarios and easily adapt to mine planning changes as needed.”

The scenario-based costing module is integrated into Aegis’ superb reporting infrastructure as an extensive series of flexible tables that can be incorporated into sophisticated reports capturing all aspects of the cost model.

If you are eager to learn more about this release, please get in touch with our team at sales@dataminesoftware.com.

Section2

This quarter saw the official release of our latest Explorer’s Pack, a solution that focuses on our software solutions that are relevant to exploration companies with products tailored to an explorer’s needs and tight budgets.

Recent client, GBM Resources, purchased Core Profiler from the Explorer’s Pack and can already see significant improvements to their drill hole interpretation. “We currently use Core Profiler at our Mt Coolum Project where it helps us to improve drillhole interpretation by giving us ready access to our core. It allows us to treat our core as data so we can recheck our initial assumptions.” states Neil D. Norris, Executive Director- Exploration at GBM Resources.

Our Ecosystem

We have designed an entire exploration software ecosystem incorporating Data Management, Resource Modelling and Image Capture with seamless interoperability between all our products.

If your exploration project matures into a mine, your data can be easily used by any of our world class mining packages, for complex resource modelling, design, planning and scheduling.

The Explorer’s Pack is comprised of our trademark exploration products which include: Studio EM, Fusion Hosted, DH Logger, Sample Station and Core Profiler.

Scalability & Flexibility

All of our software is scalable meaning the Explorer’s Pack can suit any size business. Fusion is used by some of the largest mining companies in the world, down to single-geologist exploration companies.

The Explorer’s Pack is entirely flexible and can be purchased as a whole solution or in separate modules.

Section5

There is always excitement in the air come the first week of March thanks to the four-day convention, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), which is held every year in the bustling city of Toronto, Canada. The PDAC convention is “the” event for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration and finance.

The team here at Datamine were amongst the undeniable buzz of 900 exhibitors and 22,000 attendees from 125 countries, all whom have been brought together to see the latest exploration projects and technology on offer and to ponder the next big discovery and how it will be found.

The PDAC 2017 convention showed a positive outlook on commodities and markets and indicated an investor confidence return to the mineral exploration and mining industry.

During the four-day event, Datamine met with government officials, mining companies, exploration groups and industry consultants and talked about their projects and current challenges.

This year we had a variety of Datamine experts in attendance who conducted a range of compelling demonstrations including the latest advanced geostatistical tools and engineering solutions that help to increase productivity and efficiency in open pit and underground mining projects.

Damian Gregory, Datamine’s Senior Consultant, demonstrated RM Scheduler and how it can be used for long term planning in a limestone mining complex. He continued on to show how users can design a pit that includes all limestone material, optimize the pit using blending target for Lime Saturation Factor, create practical pushbacks, and make several schedules that optimize the cement plant life under different conditions.

Datamine’s Project Manager, Alain Robitaille showed attendees just how seamless our latest Explorer’s Pack offering is, highlighting the effortless integration from in field data capture through to resource modelling.

All in all we had a blast at PDAC 2017 and we hope you did too. This year we able to meet countless new faces as well as re-connect with our existing users. Now that another year is done and dusted for PDAC, it’s time to begin planning for 2018. See you all there!

Above: Alain Robitaille, Project Manager at Datamine, is demonstrating new Explorer’s Pack solution that provides seamless integration from in field data capture through to resource modelling.

Above: Damian Gregory, Senior Consultant at Datamine, is talking about new functionality in the new Studio RM platform.

Section6

In December 2016 we welcomed Underground Mining Consultant, Caroline Corte to the Datamine family who brings over 10 years of mining experience with her. Caroline is based in our Perth, Australia office but before she could make herself a cup of coffee, she has been on the road, involved in a number of long term consultancy projects including the Tanami Expansion Project. Proficient in Aegis underground drill and blast software, Caroline recently provided software demonstrations and training to Datamine clients and helped to implement Aegis at Ernest Henry Mine (Glencore). Caroline has also provided Studio 3 software training for students at The University of Queensland.

Her areas of specialty include mine design, scheduling and drill and blast. Caroline is skilled in the use of technical mining packages as Aegis, Studio 5D Planner, MSO, EPS, Deswik CAD/Scheduler/IS, AutoCad, MineCAD, Vulcan and Surpac.

Caroline graduated with a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) 2006 and a Masters in Mining Engineering from the University of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (USA) 2007. During her Masters degree, she worked as research assistant on projects related to vibration analysis of explosives.

She spent the next four years working Newmont in Nevada. Her initial role was as drill and blast engineer in a gold narrow vein stoping operation, using Vulcan as a design package. She then transferred to Australia with Newmont working at the Tanami Operations in the Northern Territory.

During her time in Australia she worked as a Production Engineer, Senior Mine Engineer, Planning Engineer and Long Term Planner using a variety of mining packages as Vulcan, Surpac, iRing, MineCAD and Deswik.

On the non-business side of things Caroline enjoys getting to know different cultures and being part of the community. During her time in the USA she learned how to shoot rifles and ice-fishing, as well as learning new sports from different cultures including golf, softball and cricket. She also has been involved in the community doing volunteer work with Cancer Council and the Nevada Outdoor School. Working FIFO in Australia, Caroline was part of the Newmont Women Network Northern Territory promoting health at the mine site. In her spare time she became a certified massage therapist and often volunteers in different events as massage crew for Albany-Perth cyclists participating in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth and massaging the Melville Women Soccer team.

From the team here at Datamine and on behalf of our customers, a warm (and belated) welcome!

Section7

Ever wanted to apply legends to loaded objects in the 3D window of Studio RM by simply clicking a button? This handy tip will show you just how.

First load the object, apply the legend (plus any other desired formatting), then save as a 3D Template file. 

Then in your script you can do something like this (Click here to download TXT file of code):

In the above example, “Imported Holes” is the name of the object given in the Sheets tab, while “MyTemplateName” is the name of the template given on the Templates tab of the object’s properties: