Encom Technology , a subsidiary of Pitney Bowes, provide desktop geoscientific and GIS software, data management and advanced technical consulting solutions for the natural resources sector. Encom Technology have released Discover 3D Version 4.0 software.
This latest release of Discover 3D with MapInfo Professional delivers a new range of capabilities to geoscientists working with three-dimensional data. Additions include new analysis and editing tools for drillholes, boundaries, surfaces, and solids. Discover 3D software also offers the users a three-dimensional data-immersion experience with enhanced 3D graphics performance. This 3D software can be used for various mine planning applications.
Using the new Drillhole Planner in Discover 3D 4.0, geoscientists are able to dynamically create and visualise new holes and directly target mineralisation. Holes can be interactively refined accurately and thoroughly by utilising the existing drill pads or by wedging the parent holes. The speed and ease in which geoscientists can now plan holes in 3D to more accurately intercept targets results in more precise and informed decisions and also maximises the return on drilling expenditure.
Enhancements to the 3D drawing and digitising tools in Discover 3D make it possible to more accurately delineate mineralisation and structures when digitising geochemical or geological interpretations. Geoscientists now have the ability to snap to 3D features, such as the boundary of an orebody and existing drillhole intervals. This ensures that interpretations are accurately aligned with the known data.
Manipulating and editing 3D solid models, such as those used to represent geological units or mineralisation, is now possible with the new set of powerful feature editing tools. Using the new toolset, an inclined orebody, which is truncated between an upper unconformity surface and an inclined fault plane, can now be modelled, trimmed, visualised, and have volume calculated.
The addition of dual graphics card support in the latest version of Discover 3D means the system can directly drive full-colour 3D stereo projector systems to create a semi-immersive 3D visualisation environment. By presenting detailed geological information using full-colour 3D stereo projection, project teams are able to better visualise, communicate and collaborate on the information available.
Significant enhancements have also been made to the visualisation of 3D data. Smooth, intuitive, fly-through navigation features have also been made possible in this software by using the inbuilt support for 3D Connexion’s SpaceNavigator series of interface devices.