MaptekTM has joined other suppliers in co-sponsoring an AMIRA research project looking at mine design and schedule optimisation tools. Maptek will provide Maptek VulcanTM licences, training and support to the Planning and Rapid Integrated Mine Optimisation project, which will focus on developing more efficient computational methods when complex infrastructure branching is needed for distributed ore zones. AMIRA International is an independent association of minerals companies which facilitates collaborative research projects addressing industry issues and fosters the development of a stronger industry research base.
Australian Sales Manager for Vulcan, Steve Sullivan who conducted training for researchers recently in Melbourne, Victoria, said that Maptek is pleased to be involved in the project. “We have always invested heavily in R&D and we see this as another way to continue to add value to our products. When the results of the research are commercialised our customers will be among those who will benefit from this.”
Key researchers involved in the project are MIRARCO Mining Innovation, Alford Mining Systems, AMC Consultants and Melbourne University. Sponsors Barrick, Rio Tinto, CVRD Inco, Xstrata, Oxiana and BHP Billiton are joined by supplier sponsors Maptek, GijimaAST, Datamine and AMC Consultants.