Mine Planning Software Foundation - 3 Days


Who Should Attend

The Mine Planning Software Foundation course is a comprehensive three-day course designed for mining and resource industry professionals including mine planners, mining engineers, geoscientists, geologists, and managers from exploration to operations. It is ideally suited to those from industry who wish to gain a more in depth and hands-on knowledge of modern strategic mine planning and optimization software tools and theory.


Course Description


Software: GEOVIA Gems

The Foundation course is a comprehensive three-day course designed as the basis of the Mine Planning & Design professional development series. The course covers principles and fundamental concepts involved in drillhole database management; data entry and editing; data manipulation, filtering, and validation techniques; creating points, polyline, and triangulations; drillhole compositing techniques; plot generations of plans and sections; and surface and solid modeling for geological domain characterization. The course complements theory with comprehensive instructions and hands-on experience using modern mine planning software. Participants will complete a project with real drillhole data. The project covers all the required steps from drillhole data to surface and solid modelling techniques used to model different orebody types and country rock environments using polylines, drillholes, surfaces, and solids. The modules for the course are as follows:

    • Module 1: Project Data Management
    • Module 2: Database and Workspace Concepts
    • Module 3: Profiles and Profile Groups
    • Module 4: Drillholes and Data Manipulation
    • Module 5: Drillhole Compositing
    • Module 6: Point Data and Polylines Tools
    • Module 7: Geology – Surface Modeling
    • Module 8: Geology – Solid Modeling
    • Module 9: Plot Maker

Outcomes of the course include:

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
    • Create new projects and databases
    • Add and modify section/ plan views
    • Load and display drillholes
    • Manipulate data in the workspace
    • Perform basic statistics on drillhole data
    • Compositing drillhole data
    • Create points and polylines
    • Use PlotMaker
    • Use drillhole data to create basic surfaces
    • Digitize 3D rings from interpreted drillhole data and use it to create a solid
    • Create and manage triangulation surfaces.
    • Create triangulation solids representing geological domains

Module 1: Resources and Reserves

    • Review of Resources and Reserves - CIM Definitions
    • National Instrument 43-101 

Modeule 2: Data and Drillholes

    • Drillhole Databases
    • Workspace and Database concepts
    • Header, Survey, Assay, Lithology,
    • From–To, Distance, and Point Databases
    • Workspace concepts
    • Data Types
    • Creating workspaces for drillholes
    • Editing data
    • Validating the drillhole data
    • Defining colour profiles and drillhole display profiles
    • Opening drillhole data into the graphical area

Module 3: Sections, Plan Views, and Plotting

•  Sections and Plan Views
• Profiles and Profile Groups
• Cross and Longitudinal Sections, Plan Views
• Creating sections and plan views
• Viewing data on sections and plan views
• Creating inclined and diagonal sections
• Plotting Data
• Creating drillhole plots from displayed data
• Creating symbol plots from displayed data
• Creating a grid and contour plot
• Create a structure plot
• Batch plotting
• Defining Plotstyles
• Creating extra viewports
• Creating title blocks and graphical images
• Saving images into catalogues
• Defining grid transformations

Module 4: Basic Statistics and Data Manipulation

• Point Data and Filtering Data
• Validating Data
• Creating a workspace structure report
• Generating a quick report
• Preparing a user defined report
• Data extraction from the workspace
• Univariate statistics
• Multivariate statistics
• Creating a point area workspace
• Importing points into a point area workspace
• Defining the point display profile
• Opening points in the graphical area
• Basic statistics on raw data
• Working with data filters
• Working with SQL filters
• Manipulating data
• Defining manipulations
• Simple manipulation and conditional manipulation
• Cross table transfer and de-surveying

Module 5: Compositing

• Compositing methods
    • By plan view
    • By equal length
    • By length within intervals from another table
    • By merging intervals from two tables
    • By a single cut-off value.
    • By multiple cut-off values
    • By grouped similar values
    • By Optimal 
• Modifying the workspace to accommodate composite results
• Calculating the composite
• Performing a thickness calculation
• Displaying drillholes with the calculated composites
• Composite by rock code for geology polylines
• Composite by grade cut off for grade
• Basic Statistics on Composites
• Determine optimum sample length for compositing
• Composite data to equal length intervals inside geological domains
• Extract composites into a point area workspace and split into domains
• Carry out and compare basic statistics on different geological domains

Module 6 – Geology - Surface and Solid Modeling

• Surface Modeling
    • Working with polyline data
    • Creating a polyline workspace
    • Importing polylines from DXF or ASCII files into a polyline workspace
    • Defining the polyline display profile
    • Opening polylines into the graphical area
• Selecting the drillhole intersects for the surface
• Preparing the surface from active data
• Preparing the surface using Laplace gridding
• Gridding and Contouring Surfaces
• Create and validate surfaces (topography, weathering, pits, faults, etc.)
• Creating surfaces with two sets of lines
• Creating two sets of lines
• Optimising surfaces
• Creating Surfaces using Spherical Gridding
• Defining a spherical grid profile
• Solid Modeling
    • What are the basic polyline types and uses
    • Digitizing new polylines
    • Making polyline modifications
    • Drawing close polylines on sections
    • Defining 3D rings on section or plan
    • Using tie lines to connect 3D rings
    • Basics rules for the creations of rings and tie lines
    • Grooming the 3D rings
    • Creating the solid from rings and tie lines
    • Plotting the solid on section
    • Handling split rings
    • Handling dog ears
    • Drawing tie lines
    • Updating the drillhole workspace with the solid intersections
    • Create geological domains using basic solid modelling techniques
    • Quick tonnes/grade calculations for geological domains
    • Solid Boolean Operations
    • Solid intersection with clipping boundaries, surfaces and solids
    • Contouring solids