Maptek Geology Solutions – A Story that Began with Coal
‘The Symposium is an ideal pla...
‘The Symposium is an ideal platform for the exchange of technical ideas to solve common geological challenges and to highlight new technologies,’ said Peter Odins, who directs the development of stratigraphic solutions at Maptek.
‘Maptek has been attending the Bowen Basin geology meetings since 1990 and in fact our story began with coal. The first sale to Utah international in San Francisco in 1981 was just the beginning of a success story that today sees Vulcan installed at more than 1800 sites in over 75 countries,’ added Odins.
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Since then Maptek has extended its spatial data solutions to 3D laser scanning systems for survey, design conformance reporting and surface movement detection. Eureka is an integrated 3D platform for modeling and interpreting exploration data. These systems provide a competitive advantage to operations by enabling them to fully exploit their geological, geophysical and geotechnical information.
‘Maptek technology is designed with the user in mind. Systems are intuitive and workflow driven,’ Odins told AustMine in a recent interview. ‘Attention to high end graphics and 3D visualization refocuses expertise on driving informed decision making and productivity improvements.’
The revolution in stratigraphic modeling began with the release of integrated stratigraphic modeling tools in Vulcan about 10 years ago. In 2010 HARP modeling in Vulcan provided geologists with a new technique for using drillhole data and downhole geophysical characteristics for interpreting and interpolating coal horizons. It also allowed better classification of the most economic seams and the unviable seams included in burden removal.
The latest Maptek innovation sees positional information of seam contacts collected by I-Site laser scanners modeled and imported into Vulcan to control the HARP modeling process in the vicinity of the highwall. The resultant model represents the best understanding of the geology.
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The introduction of implicit modeling in Vulcan in 2014 continued the trend of providing tools that allow geologists to concentrate on validating and improving interpretations. Users can rapidly build/create solids and surfaces for estimating the potential size of a specific horizon. Implicit modeling of complex 3D geological surfaces produces more consistent results, and block model outputs are ready for processes such as reserving.
Measurement while drilling information captured by drill rig automation systems was introduced into the modeling process in 2015. Pressure and torque readings recorded as holes are drilled can be visualized, analyzed to give a clearer account of the resource and improve coal recovery through improved blast outcomes.
Vulcan 10, due for release in the first quarter of 2016 will introduce further enhancements including new tools for splitting pit solids into scheduling blocks, variogram analysis, enhanced implicit modeling and working with large block models. Vulcan 10 will also deliver additional support for multi-threaded processors for up to 10 times better performance over the current version. The upgrades will see a significant improvement in the speed of block model scripts, block slicing, implicit modeling, grade estimation, attribute reporting and simulations.
Axora launches global challenge for digital technology
Axora is launching the world’s first international competition to discover new cost-saving digital technology for industrial companies, which can produce rapid benefits within a year.
The Metals & Mining and Oil & Gas sectors have recently experienced budget cuts of 20% on average, driven by a variety of factors including the global pandemic, slump in demand and price wars. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge aims to transform these industries by discovering innovative, digital solutions that reduce cost fast and pay for themselves, whilst achieving the same or improved productivity, health and safety and sustainability standards.
“While digital solutions can help to get work done quicker and more cost-effectively, they typically require a three-year ROI, and if there’s no flexibility in the budget, a full budget planning cycle is needed to get things moving”, said Dr. Nick Mayhew, Chief Commercial Officer, Axora.
“Yet, extra financial cost is often incurred in delaying digital projects, so customers have asked us to highlight solutions that can have an ‘in year payback’ whereby the cost spent on the solution and deployment will be more than recovered within the budget year - this accelerates the timeline and drives positive business impact, quickly.”
The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge
Axora is keen to learn of any digital cost-saving innovation which: meets the 12-month payback timeframe; can be deployed in any part of the value chain including upstream, downstream or midstream oil and gas, metals processing or mining; and is ready for market. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge is open to entrepreneurs, start-ups, academics and sector leaders across the world. The competition will be judged by a panel of leading industry experts.
“We’re passionate about supporting our industries and customers through all forms of digital transformation and the cost-saving solutions we are searching for could also provide a lifeline to many mining and metals and oil and gas companies in the current economic climate,” added Dr. Mayhew.
Improving productivity, safety and sustainability
Up to ten finalists will be chosen to pitch their solutions at a digital pitch day later this year, after which Axora will validate the ROI models and vet the solutions. The winner will receive the ‘Axora Market Accelerator’ sales and marketing package worth £10,000. This includes a two-hour workshop, promotion through Axora’s thought leadership content and inclusion into its digital demand engines, providing the opportunity for the winning solution to benefit thousands of industrial companies. Entries are open until May 31. Full details of the competition including terms and conditions can be found here.
To learn more about the Axora B2B digital solutions marketplace read our feature in the latest issue of Mining Global magazine.