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Mining Operations & Strategies

The bucketwheel excavators (BWEs) often used in surface mining of soft coal deposits are gigantic machines. With great size comes great punishment. BWEs must absorb a tremendous amount of impact...

Suppliers Report

For an industry that mostly measures its success in terms of the volume of rock blasted, hauled, processed into product and shipped, a growing dependency on an often-arcane tool such as software is...
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3-D Software Solution for Geological Modeling


Aranz Geo Ltd., developer of 3-D geological modeling software Leapfrog, has released Leapfrog Geo, a new workflow-based solution for modeling geology and mineralization.

According to the developer, Leapfrog Geo advances the techniques pioneered in Leapfrog Mining with intuitive workflows that simplify operation and enhance flexibility. Leapfrog Geo offers an add-on Interpolation module that provides a robust indication of the available resource while ensuring the effects of geology are incorporated clearly and effectively. Intuitive workflows and simplified operation means rapid grade contouring is now accessible to many levels of users. The Leapfrog model is produced as a continuous shape that clarifies artifacts and domaining deficiencies. This rapid grade contouring is an important step in verifying domains and estimating parameters, according to the company, and the Interpolation module also integrates with, and complements, traditional geostatistical workflows—with the successful synergy of implicit geological modeling, interpolation and geostatistics representing a major advance for grade shell production, said Aranz. The software is
available in 32 and 64-bit architectures. A full-featured trial version can be obtained by visiting the URL below.
www.leapfrog3d.com

From the Editor

This month, E&MJ offers an in-depth report on Newmont Mining Corp. When gold prices started to decline, the company began to optimize operations and sell assets. Lowering operating costs allowed it to invest in operations during the downturn and now they are reaping the rewards.
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Exploration Roundup

Aston Bay Holdings has initiated at $C4 million field program at the Storm copper project on Somerset Island, Nunavut, Canada, where BHP Billiton can earn a 75% interest in the project by spending a...

This Month in Coal Mining

Contura Energy completed the previously announced acquisition of several core assets from Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), which was a key step for Alpha to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Contura...