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Minnovare partners with Maptek/Vulcan on Production Optimiser

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Global Mining Review,

A project recently completed for an Australian gold miner is a great example of how collaboration between technology providers can result in better outcomes for mining companies.

Linking Maptek™ Vulcan™ design and modelling software with the company's new Production Optimiser system for underground production drilling streamlines the connection between design and as-built for more accurate outcomes. Ring design data, including images, can now be exported from Vulcan and easily uploaded directly to Minnovare CORE – the Production Optimiser software interface – through scripting provided by Maptek.

The Vulcan−Production Optimiser combination helps ensure that drilling follows design. It also reduces the need for re-work, as feedback on accuracy and compliance is available to both the rig operator and the technical engineering team using Vulcan.

The optimiser combines advanced rig alignment hardware with innovative drill data capture software, substantially reducing blast hole deviation and average rig setup times. This leads to optimum charge patterns and blasts, with a host of flow-on productivity benefits for an operation, including improved ore recovery, reduced average dilution and a faster stope cycle time.

The company developed the Production Optimiser, which was released in June 2018, in close collaboration with Australian gold miners, Gold Fields and Evolution Mining. Since its release the new technology has been taken up rapidly within industry, with companies such as Northern Star Resources signing an official collaboration agreement with Minnovare in August 2018.

This was contrary to the prevailing industry perception that in-hole deviation was the primary contributor.

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