MineScape 2021 is due for release at the end of November. This release will be a step-change, not only for us, but also for our current clients. This change will be neither gradual nor incremental. The theme of the release is centered around all things rapid, ensuring that geologists and engineers can do their work quicker and be more efficient by reducing mouse movements while focusing on their work, and improved the workflow by incorporating a ribbon menu system. We should easily see big efficiency gains and improved productivity.
In conjunction with the rapid theme, there was also a major focus on enhancing our engineering design tools that were neglected for several years. The impetus for this was two-fold; improve the user experience that clients have been asking for and reposition ourselves as a viable solution for engineering. What we did was to ensure that these improvements and enhancements leveraged all the other rapid CAD improvements. One major enhancement for MineScape 2021, was adding functionality to quickly design and reserve short-term mining blocks aptly named Rapid Reserver.
Following are some of the major enhancements that have been included in MineScape 2021.
- New ribbon menu system:
Access existing and new MineScape functions quicker within a familiar environment along with improvements to the workflow.
- New rapid CAD tools:
Streamline creating, editing, and manipulating CAD elements. These rapid CAD functions are executed in CAD, minimizing mouse movements to and from the ribbon menu. Users stay focus in their CAD work.
- New high-performance Mesh functionality:
Create, merge, intersect, and cut mesh surfaces. Generate and manipulate meshes from point cloud data.
- New Rapid Reserver:
This provides the short-term engineer a rapid, interactive design tool while at the same time generating volume and reserves for rapid display in CAD.
- Redesigned engineering solids:
Redesigned, rapid workflow for engineering solids creation. Improved visualization and filtering of the engineering solids for ease of validation and output.
- New Just in Time modeling:
Geologists and engineers can now easily maintain, and rapidly create a short-term geologic model, derived from the resource geologic model, based on new data collected in the field. This feature supports higher accuracy for midterm to short term mine designs.
- New Geo-referenced image support:
Easily and quickly position mine images in their correct location in CAD as well as improved texture support.
- Revised forms:
Many forms, from different menu options, have been combined utilizing a tree structure that provides both a streamlined workflow and a better user experience.
- Start Page:
Improved user experience interface by providing a familiar Microsoft feel.
As part of a Go To Market plan, and because of the massive step-change, we are planning to conduct internal training so that we properly prepare and enable our consultants to effectively manage support, train, consult and prepare demonstrations and presentations. The training plan is to spend 2 hours per day for 4 days. During the training, not only will we be showing new functionality, but we will also be discussing the reasons behind the changes, reasons for the newly added functionality, and why some legacy MineScape functionality has been obsoleted. We feel it’s very important that all MineScape consultants have a good understanding of the why’s behind the improvements. This is very important; when a user calls or submits a support ticket, we need to be able to articulate an answer and offer a very good explanation and, secondly, we need to be well prepared and have a consistent message when we present and do MineScape 2021 demonstrations to prospective clients. Our goal is to effectively inform, instruct and inspire.
Finally, we are planning to implement a controlled release of MineScape 2021. This should ensure that our clients will have a good user experience with this release. We have never done a controlled release before, so this will be new for us. Even with a controlled release, we are very excited to get this out and are looking forward to the future.