Mintec, a software developer and service provider to the mining industry, has introduced new Sub-Blocking to the MineSight suite of tools, which aids geologic modellers with 3D block model (3DBM).
The new Sub-Blocking tool in MineSight is an extension to the 3DBM file that can be created to redefine resolution along contacts.
The new MineSight Sub-Blocking, which is part of MineSight Version 8, offers two advantages - a sub-blocked model can carry multiple divisions and can be updated at any time.
A geologic modeler can easily update the latest pit design or additional geologic data, even though the initial sub-blocking is done.
Mintec president John Davies said models with very small block sizes and hundreds of items can quickly become unmanageable due to their file size.
"Sub-blocking in MineSight generates an additional file associated with the 3D block model that is only applied to sub-blocked areas and items.
"This includes geologic characteristics, grades, and other information, such as mined outflags. It can be created to redefine resolution along contacts," Davies added.
Sub-blocked information is accumulated separately for each item and items can be added to sub-blocked storage at any time.
These sub-blocks can be defined by coding from solids and surfaces set from user calculations, or interpolated from composites.
In addition, MineSight Sub-Blocking features a new, improved query that can group similar items into zones and create a visual breakdown of individual parent blocks.
Recently, the company launched MineSight Atlas, which is a complete package for manual scheduling and stockpile management.