Maptek updates software with fragmentation analysis

Maptek has added a rock fragmentation analysis tool to the new 2020 edition of its PointStudio geospatial modelling and reporting software.
Breaking, Drilling & Blasting / September 25, 2020
By Liam McLoughlin
The new tool enables rapid assessment of the condition of blasted rock
The new tool enables rapid assessment of the condition of blasted rock

PointStudio software is designed to offer analysis tools to support survey, geotechnical and engineering deliverables within the quarrying, mining and civil industries.

Referring to the new paid add-on fragmentation analysis tool, Maptek's group product manager for mine measurement Jason Richards said that better understanding of fragmentation can account for phenomenal downstream cost-efficiencies, with implications for many aspects of an operation.

"Sub-optimal fragmentation is immediately associated with inefficient excavation and haulage," said Richards. "Undue damage to crusher parts is another impact. Excessive energy usage, crusher downtime due to wear and tear outside of planned maintenance and delivering out-of-specification product are directly linked to operational performance."

Maptek says that PointStudio Fragmentation Analysis allows KPIs to be achieved consistently. Individual rocks can now be modelled from scanning of muck piles and draw points to provide accurate fragmentation S-curves from blasting or caving operations.

The new tool is designed to allow blast engineers and surveyors to quickly assess the condition of blasted rock, ideally before the material heads to the crushing process. Oversize rocks can be isolated for more effective haulage and processing.

"A simple scan > analyse > report workflow provides a table where rocks outside of spec can be identified and dealt with before the material gets anywhere near the plant," added Richards. "A unique feature allows editing rocks or fines in the 3D view and characterising any that are not correctly defined."

Visual and tabular reporting is designed to be understandable at a glance so rock can be fed with optimal dimensions for crushing.

The Fragmentation Analysis tool is a paid add-on, and Maptek says many other new and enhanced features will be delivered to existing customers for free in their PointStudio 2020 update.

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