Dassault Systèmes has released the latest version of GEOVIA Surpac, a geology and mine planning software application.
According to Dassault the new Surpac 6.6 underground engineering tool "introduces the first mining software solution with features specifically suited for the design of stope shapes.
The new Stope Design Tools module enables underground engineers and designers to accomplish stope design tasks efficiently with an easy, simple and fast stope design process.
The module includes two tools: interactive Stope Designer and Stope Slicer.
Dassault says the interactive Stope Designer tool offers easy and rapid comparison of the geometry on successive planes so that it is easy for the engineer to ensure the resultant designs are practical and achievable.
The Stope Slicer tool quickly and easily produces practical, tactical mining shapes, by dividing any solid into smaller solids that represent the stoping units to be mined and the pillars that must remain to satisfy safety requirements.
The company went on to say that the latest software also provides productivity improvements for plotting, making it dramatically faster and easier to include tabulated data on plans and sections created by Surpac; and new enhancements to Surpac’s digitising and 3D CAD tools, providing benefits to underground and open pit mining operations by enabling more efficient work practices with fewer mouse clicks to achieve better results