Datamine’s industry-leading systems form an unparalleled, integrated toolset for underground mine planning. Whether for an active mine production environment or a potential mine, from concept through to bankable feasibility stage, Datamine’s solution will help you design, plan and schedule all aspects of your underground mine.

Strategic Planning

Mineable Shape Optimiser (MSO)

Based on algorithms developed over a ten year period of collaborative industry research, MSO automatically produces optimized stope designs to maximize the value of recovered ore within the given orebody geometry and design constraints. Supporting a wide variety of underground mining methods, MSO quickly generates individual stope designs saving days or even weeks of manual work. The process is repeatable and objective, eliminating the risk of different engineers achieving inconsistent reserve conversion.

Summit Underground Strategic Optimisation (UGSO)

Summit UGSO takes the highly popular MSO algorithm to the Summit high performance cloud computing platform. This achieves scaling to simultaneously run hundreds or even thousands of scenarios for comparison. These may include use of conditionally simulated grade fields, multiple sub-level, stope width or other design parameters, cut-off grades, recovery, dilution and many more. Results are automatically compiled, reported and compared. The user can download the resultant shapes and use these further in more detailed design and scheduling processes in Studio 5D Planner.

Summit UGSO is a compelling new toolset that provides insights never before possible. To truly understand the value drivers and risks in your underground project, see how your deposit performs in a wide range of scenarios with Summit UGSO.

Mine Design and Scheduling

Studio 5D Planner

Studio 5D Planner is the world’s leading integrated design and scheduling package for underground mines. A structured workflow guides the user through the design and data preparation process, with extensive automation making the process extremely efficient and robust. Mine standards are incorporated in templates, and multiple users can work on portions of the mine simultaneously. Studio 5D Planner dynamically links to EPS, the intuitive Gantt chart scheduling application that is used to apply practical constraints such as work calendars and equipment resource levelling.

Enhanced Production Scheduler (EPS)

EPS is a comprehensive Gantt chart scheduler designed specifically for mining, with industry-specific functionality not available in off-the-shelf schedulers such as weighted average grades, equipment and crew resources and optional modules for blending and optimisation. EPS is dynamically linked to Studio 5D Planner, but can also be used in a stand-alone mode where visual animation of schedules is not required.
Schedule Optimisation Tool (SOT)
Did you know that for a given design, changes in the mining sequence can impact the NPV of the project by over 25%? The optional SOT module addresses this opportunity by applying a sophisticated Genetic Algorithm that assesses many sequence options, and ‘learns’ which sequencing strategies deliver the greatest value.  Read more about SOT here.


Aegis is the next generation in underground blasting software, providing automated underground drill and blast design. The system allows users to rapidly compare different scenarios and produce ring layouts, charging plans and blast letters to paper or directly to compatible drill rigs using IREDES. Aegis even optimizes the ring layout and charging to achieve a desired fragmentation outcome and reduce costs.


Ventsim Visual is the world’s most popular mine ventilation modelling and simulation application. The application features a powerful 3D visual interface with real-time animation of airflow & ventilation controls. Accurately simulate airflow, contaminant dispersion, thermodynamic heat and moisture to ensure optimal and robust plans are in place for your primary and secondary ventilation infrastructure. Financial evaluation functions are available for analysis of capital and operating costs of ventilation systems, as well as the ability to display actual readings in real time with the optional LiveView module.