Some good news for users of NPV Scheduler and Studio OP: the next major version of NPV Scheduler will be released on the full Datamine Studio platform, which means all sorts of additional functionality will be available. Because you can use multiple 3D windows, the visual validation of results is faster and clearer; for example, you can make use of the animation controls for communicating pushback configurations and scheduling sequences.
Refining your designs and schedules using geometric constraints is also much easier. Digitising pit boundaries, pushback limits, slope regions and other control strings all benefit from the Studio editing tools.
Perhaps even more significant is the ability to process your data to more easily produce better mining models and higher quality input data. You will no longer need a separate software package for preparing and validating input block models and surfaces – all that work can be done directly within Studio NPVS. Studio NPVS has tools for modelling dilution, combining and expanding models, generating tonnage grade curves and much more. If you wish, you can even automate those processes to easily accommodate updated geological models.
Some customers are using Datamine’s Mineable Shape Optimizer for pre-processing and analysis of mineable shapes within the pit to be optimised. MSO is available within Studio NPVS.
Long term users familiar already with NPV Scheduler needn’t worry that the overall workflow will be compromised in Studio NPVS. The Tasks Pane, Project Map and Project Data control bars all remain as before, so managing your scenarios, workflow and data is unchanged, but now they integrate with the Studio objects and visualisation.
Alpha versions of Studio NPVS are being tested internally with the first official version planned for release in the second half of 2020.