3GSM GmbH reported several updates to its flagship BlastMetriX UAV software that improve communication with smart drills, offer face profiling enhancements, and deliver more sophisticated drill-pattern analysis.

The software captures information from each blast and allows users to go back and review historical data to correct issues in the field.

The enhanced drill pattern analysis tool provides heat mapping of drilled borehole deviations for simple visualization of differences between planned and actual patterns.

Updates to the International Rock Excavation Data Exchange Standard interface improves two-way data communication between BlastMetriX UAV and smart drills. It now allows for importing measure-for-drilling data like drill-penetration rate and air pressure to map the subsurface geology of the borehole.

Incorporating the ShapeMetriX system for generating and assessing 3D images, new geological-mapping integration allows users to better visualize dips, strikes, seams and voids throughout the drilling pattern. The software can characterize irregularities in the face, which are projected back through the borehole.

The underground volumetric measurements tool inside ShapeMetriX now provides the determination of precise volumes in a generalized manner, based off captured subsequent tunnel faces and perimeters.

BlastMetriX UAV gives technicians the confidence the blast will perform as designed to mitigate flyrock issues, high air overpressures, excessive vibration, poor fragmentation, subpar cast, loss of grade control and wall damage, the company said.

The updates are automatic for license holders.