Datamine is proud to announce the next version of Studio RM 1.6 has been released in February 2020. This update, available to maintained customers, offers a mix of significant improvements and great new functionality.
Vein Surface Modelling
Vein surface modelling was a highlight in RM 1.5 and we have continued to make constant improvements. It now has a host of handy settings that provide detailed control over how vein surfaces are constructed.
After creating a vein model, you will now notice a detailed report of the settings that were used, as we understand it is truly complicated to keep track!
For situations where you have mixed drilling support (e.g. when you have a mix of holes that are close and sparsely spaced), we have developed an auto continuity control. Continuity is the measure of how far the model extends from drillholes (think of this as a search distance). Auto continuity automatically adjusts the continuity according to the sample spacing.
We have also added a smart restore functionality to the domain handling tools and vein modelling, so you can quickly switch back and forth between the interpretation of drillhole samples and creating vein models. Using a new drillhole file with the same geological coding is easy – just load the new file and all previous settings will be restored, making for quick updating of vein models. For the advanced users – these commands are supported in scripting.
There are lots of other enhancements to the vein modelling tool which were all added as a result of customer feedback and working through real projects on-site.
Categorical Surface & Grade Shell Implicit Modelling
RM 1.6 contains new commands for modelling of intrusions, complex or irregular shaped geological bodies, grade shells at a cut-off value, and massive, shear or stockworks veins. Whether you are modelling geological structures or grade shells, you have access to new ellipsoid tools to control the changes in the trend and resolution of your structural model.
A great feature is that ellipsoids can be calculated automatically from selected sample data. By selecting samples in areas with a distinctive tend, the geologist can exercise fine control over how the structural surfaces are generated.
A grid of ellipsoids can be displayed to show how the ellipsoids will be used in the generation of the surface.
We have continued to focus on improvements to Advanced Estimation. We have added tools for sample outlier management which are both flexible and support best practice treatment of extreme value samples. There are options to cap or exclude samples based on their grade value, as well as reduce the visibility of samples based on a distance from sample.
Studio RM’s Advanced Estimation module supports full multi-variate co-kriging, as well as simpler approaches like univariate nearest neighbour, ordinary Kriging and simple Kriging with a local mean. Advanced Estimation also supports modelling of normal-score cross-variograms.
Uniform Conditioning (UC) now allows for variable bin cut-offs and has a restore functionality support for the UC wizard.
New Processes, Commands & Improvements
The following is a selection of some of the other new features in RM 1.6.
- A new process, CHANNL3D, for creating desurveyed drillholes from channel sample data improves flexibility for exploration geologists.
- Massive speed improvements to TONGRAD and MOD2XYZ; around 10 to 20 times faster.
- Option to add tick marks and down hole depth markers on drillholes.
- Sequential Gaussian Simulation (SGSIM) has been improved and we have increased the size limit of output simulations. This also includes cloud support for automatic graphical reporting and post processing.
- Improved support for MineSight block models.
- Enhanced CAD vector export support.
- Enhanced underground drive modelling tool for geologists designing exploration drill drives.
We have introduced a Geology category on the ribbon to provide easy access to the automatic surface modelling tools. We will be enhancing these tools and adding new functionality to each future release.
The Geology section provides a home for the well-established vein modelling and contouring tools, which were recently added for creating contours and surfaces from drillhole intersections or points.
There are also commands for defining geological domains and assigning their values to samples prior to structural modelling, and for generating ore optimised samples, based on grade and mining parameters.
Touch Screen Enabled
As a final addition, Studio RM is now touch compatible. We have added in support for running Studio RM on a Windows Tablet device, and support for gestures and stylus has been added. There are also some new drawing functions developed specifically for working with a stylus! All part of our commitment to technological innovation and constant re-investment into our products.