The industry insight you have as a practicing engineer is valuable. At Rocscience, we are always open to hearing your ideas. Learning about the challenges you face as an engineer often create opportunities for software innovation. This communication drives our customer-centric approach to development, ensuring that you are equipped with software that will make your job easier and more efficient.
The new release for Slide3, our 3D Limit Equilibrium Analysis software, includes new features that will make your job a lot more efficient.
One feature, highly requested by our users is the ability to import Block Models into Slide3.
Block models are an integral part of mine design and planning. Modern day software allows mining engineers to generate huge point clouds of data to provide insight into the mine’s geological properties. Every “block” that gets mapped represents an area of rock labeled with specific material data like rock type, density, etc. This information is generated by exploratory drilling. The mapping of block models improves the efficiency and accuracy of prospecting new mining locations by creating a 3D map of the underground material.
The point data that makes up block models gets stored in data tables, which depending on the size of the mine can be quite large and complex. To analyze these block models, a model would need to be built from scratch in a slope analysis program using the point data which can be a time-consuming task.
Our team of developers worked with industry partners to create this new integration feature allowing you to import block models from spreadsheets or .csv files directly into Slide3 for stability analysis.
Figure 1: Slide3 Analysis of a Block Model for an Open Pit
With the new Maintenance+ update, Slide3 now has the ability to import block models generated in Leapfrog, Deswik, Vulcan, Datamine as well as other programs. Once the block model is imported, you can analyze the factor of safety in the same way as any other model.
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