Australia-based Maptek and Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) subsidiary Vuma have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create a new mine design and ventilation solution system.
Under the MoU, the primary focus will be on enabling detailed data transfer between Maptek Vulcan mine planning software and Vuma ventilation simulation software.
Using Vuma software, underground mine ventilation, contaminant tracking, refrigeration and cooling networks can be evaluated.
Maptek Africa general manager Nick Venter said: “Vuma is an impressive software suite. Integrating Vuma with Vulcan offers huge benefits to mine planning departments.
“It will allow mine survey and design data to be used in ventilation and cooling analysis, without replication of data, and ensures accurate, current representations of the mine surface can be applied to ventilation planning.”
By considering all factors contributing to heat load, including equipment, advance rates, heat from broken rock and mine design, the heat engineering balance can be examined.
Vulcan software provides underground mine design, planning as well as scheduling tools.
Maptek said that enabling detailed design, survey and operational data to be transferred to Vuma software will provide gains in speed for analysis and planning around ventilation and refrigeration in underground mines.
Vuma software specialist Frank von Glehn said: “This unique interface enhances the holistic approach required for modern mine planning and design, particularly the intensifying demand for fast, accurate and reliable answers.”
Image: Vuma software can be used to evaluate underground mine ventilation, contaminant tracking, refrigeration and cooling networks. Photo: courtesy of Maptek Pty Ltd.