Maptek released Vulcan 11, the latest version of the mine planning and modeling software that dates back 37 years. The iteration introduces the Kriging Neighborhood Analysis tool for grade-estimation workflow and new functionality for the Vulcan Data Analyzer. It also introduces an automated panel-caving design process for creating 3-D CAD level production and sink-level mining designs. Mine planning updates focus on greater efficiency in reserving and preparing data for scheduling, the company reported. Open Pit Solids and Mining Block Generation upgrades tighten the connectivity between mine planning and scheduling. Mining block generation employs a simple, repeatable process, while maintaining flexibility for easy updating when running calculations, Maptek reported. Vulcan users who have had access to the Maptek Workbench for more than 12 months will experience a smoother Workflow Editor, the company reported. www.maptek.com
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