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BlastLogic Drill and Blast Management

Case study: Anglo American

Mining’s most advanced drill and blast system – Maptek BlastLogic – lowers risk and provides better results and greater productivity.

BlastLogic is an all-in-one solution adding value to open cut operations through streamlined drill and blast design, tracking and analysis. It enables operations to make blast design and implementation decisions with reference to mine plans, geology and geotechnical data, with instant data connection and visualisation in the field or office.

The flexible drill and blast system is designed to work in a demanding production environment. BlastLogic is proven to save up to 40% in engineering time. Access to data is immediate and universal across users, simplifying and accelerating routine tasks.

Connecting fleet systems, explosives loading and initiation, as well as production management and reporting systems, allows continual improvement both upstream and downstream from the drill and blast process.

BlastLogic represents true innovation in blast design, modelling and analysis, offering a centralised record of all operational blast data. BlastLogic interfaces with leading drill navigation systems for automation of data capture, and provides a business-wide solution that can be scaled to suit operational requirements.

Superior blast performance is achieved by merging distinct datasets associated with mine planning, drill guidance, field survey, load design parameters and post-blast evaluation to create a more intelligent blast design.

The single source of drill and blast data allows rapid identification of deviations at critical stages, which in turn reduces risk of incidents and leads to production improvements. Electronic tie-up delivers finer timing control and reduced misfire potential, increasing safety for crews in the field and minimising excessive vibration and noise.

BlastLogic facilitates in-depth analysis and accurate modelling of drill and blast. Cost-saving measures can be achieved, such as expanding the blast pattern and reducing explosives use without compromising blast performance.

Operations can catalogue blast outcomes by tracking execution in the field in real time, blast performance factors, reconciliation to design, production reporting and inventory management.

The BlastLogic Tablet dynamically updates plans in the field. The simple interface ensures effortless data entry that is instantly synchronised or cached. The uptake drives improvements across drill and blast activities and directly targets industry demand for reducing paper records and manual data handling, and tighter, automated connections between processes up and downstream.

BlastLogic enables operations to pre-empt risk, productivity and cost issues before they emerge and track and monitor against KPIs. Custom reporting supports operational requirements to track and monitor drill & blast performance.

Adjusting hole-to-hole and row-to-row changes is accomplished quickly, accounting for actual drilling, charging and stemming positions, ensuring optimal safety and fragmentation is delivered for every blast. Hole temperature logging supports site practices through assessment of stability or choice of explosive products and helps manage safety risk.

Operations benefit from the interoperability of BlastLogic with other Maptek solutions – Vulcan for geological modelling and mine planning, Eureka for modelling MWD data, and PointStudio and laser scanning for compliance to design. All open pit operations, regardless of commodity can take advantage of the key outcomes of increased productivity, continuous improvement, reduced costs and increased safety.

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