Australian mining software, hardware and services provider Maptek has unveiled its latest interface for mine scheduling with attributed solids.

The new system is named Evolution 5 and is intended to offer mining companies greater strategic control through an optimised mine schedule with practical production plans.

The intelligent optimisation approach is expected to allow companies to conduct short or medium-term scheduling with block models or solids, as well as facilitate the seamless handling of stratigraphic reserves.

Maptek previously conducted a three-month beta testing programme prior to the release of the latest interface, which helped identify potential improvements to the system.

“Maptek is relentless in its drive to put smart functionality on the desktop for customers to intuitively apply their scheduling and site knowledge.”

Maptek Evolution product manager and mine planning business manager Eduardo Coloma said: “Customer feedback provides an understanding of what the industry wants to see next, helping us prioritise ideas for our scheduling roadmap.

“Maptek is relentless in its drive to put smart functionality on the desktop for customers to intuitively apply their scheduling and site knowledge.”

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In addition to saving time when setting up schedules, the interface’s enhanced road network tools are said to afford engineers more time to carry out analysis.

Evolution 5 also enables users to assign dependencies to solids, while allowing them to employ their preferred approach in order to control schedules more effectively.

Furthermore, the system is expected to grant users a greater degree of control over processes and the accumulation of parcels.

The company noted that the interface’s improved validation of user data prior to submitting a scheduling job is anticipated to result in time savings.

Evolution Strategy assists in the definition of residual capital categories that commonly apply towards the end of mine life as stockpiles are being depleted.

The system subsequently allows users to make dynamic adjustments to fixed administration costs accordingly.

Additionally, the reporting and graphing of any data associated with scheduling helps engineers when deciding on a preferred plan by offering more efficient and accurate comparisons.

Along with the latest Evolution 5 solution, Maptek is also offering a new aggregation module, which allows operators to calculate coal and waste quantities and qualities throughout each stage of the mining process.