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Orica launches underground blast design software

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Global Mining Review,

Orica, a large manufacturer of commercial explosives and blasting systems, has announced the release of its blast design and modelling software for underground mining applications, SHOTPlus™ Underground.

Since its original launch, the drill and blast software solution has been used in mining operations around the world. Following successful trials by the company’s technical services teams, the new product is designed specifically for advanced underground blast design and complex blasting scenarios.

Orica Global Digital Products Senior Manager, Angelo Labriola, said: “The latest SHOTPlus Underground has been fully re-written. Designing, analysing and visualising in 3D has never been easier, ring to ring and hole to hole interactions and overall blast dynamics are at your fingertips."

Underground production blasting typically requires geometrically complex ring patterns. Optimising the explosives loading and initiation design and producing clear instructions to blasting crews requires a specialised software solution.

The product is designed to meet the discrete needs of underground mining applications, delivering an improved interactive 3D environment and enhanced visualisation as well as Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) tools to allow engineers to identify the most efficient blast design. The new set of features and tools also allows for easy adjustment of blast designs and rapid comparison of different scenarios.

Labriola commented: “The ability to seamlessly adjust, visualise and optimise underground blast loading designs and timing allows users to efficiently design blasts, irrespective of complexity. It also enables the necessary analysis to optimise the performance of blast designs with Orica’s electronic initiation systems, dramatically cutting down the time required to produce loading and timing instructions for blast crews.”

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