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VENTILATION: Maptek, BBE join forces to advance mine vent solutions



DENVER – Maptek and VUMA, a subsidiary of Bluhm Burton Engineering, have agreed to collaborate in the design on underground mines and mine ventilation solutions. The primary focus will be on data transfer between each company’s planning and simulation software.

VUMA software is developed for analysis of underground mine ventilation, contaminant tracking, refrigeration and cooling networks. The heat engineering balance can be examined in detail, taking into account all factors contributing to heat load, including equipment, advance rates, heat from broken rock and mine design.

Maptek’s Vulcan software provides advanced underground mine design, planning and scheduling tools. Enabling detailed design, survey and operational data to be transferred to VUMA software will deliver valuable gains in accuracy, efficiency and speed for analysis and planning around ventilation and refrigeration in underground mines. This also allows ventilation factors to be considered earlier in the mine planning process.

“Maptek is committed to delivering the best technical capabilities to our customers. Collaboration with leading practitioners in specialised fields helps improve operational value and productivity,” Maptek African general manager Nick Venter concluded.

“This unique interface enhances the holistic approach required for modern mine planning and design, particularly the intensifying demand for fast, accurate and reliable answers,” commented VUMA software specialist, Frank von Glehn.

About Maptek (www.Maptek.com) Founded 35 years ago, Maptek is a leading provider of innovative software, hardware and services for global mining. Maptek solutions are used at more than 1800 sites in 75 countries, with applications across the mining cycle. Maptek develops industry-leading software Vulcan™, Eureka™, Evolution and BlastLogic™ for mine evaluation, planning, design, scheduling, operation and rehabilitation. I-Site ™ integrates hardware and software for 3D laser scanning, surveying and imaging. The spatial data collected can be used for geotechnical analysis, stockpile measurement, design conformance and movement tracking supported by software systems I-Site Studio, Drive, PerfectDig™ and Sentry.

VUMA’s ventilation modeling software output.

VUMA’s ventilation modeling software output.

About VUMA (www.VUMA.co.za) VUMA has developed a ground breaking suite of products for the simulation of steady state environmental conditions encountered in underground mines. VUMA is designed to simulate airflow, heat loads, gases, dust, blast clearance and fires. VUMA is used in the planning, design, troubleshooting and energy optimisation of mine ventilation networks. VUMA systems are based on current research and development, and use state-of- art procedures and technology. These can be customised to suit any combination of mining method and orebody. VUMA’s product range includes VUMA3D-network, VUMA3D-coal, VUMA3D-live and VUMA3D-coolflow.


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