After many years of development a completely new version of 3d-Dig, to be known as 3d-DigPlus is now released. This new system incorporates six new modules in addition to the existing modules:The 3d-DigPlus mining simulation system provides:
Automated and Excavation sequencing. Excavation is automatically executed according to a schedule and material reports automatically to a dump hierarchy.
Truck and Shovel simulation. Full simulation of truck and shovel operations is conducted. Material is automatically excavated and dumped in accordance with a schedule and each increment is simulated with a haul route connecting excavation and dump.
Environmental Reshaping. The post mining topography can be reshaped in a manner that conforms to design slope criteria, balances cut and fill and minimises transport distance. This module includes a Transportation Analysis which models incremental movement of parcels of material from cut to fill and produces a set of transport vectors indicating the required spoil movement.
Dragline Simulation. In addition to the traditional Single-Step Dragline Simulation for which 3d-Dig is well known, work has recently been completed on an Automated Dragline Simulation module. This module is now incorporation into 3d-DigPlus.
Bulldozer simulation. Bulldozing operations are simulated in an incremental fashion. The simulation commences with a blast profile and progresses via a series of incremental surfaces to the final target surface. Bulldozer movements and productivity are modelled for each step of the process.
Dragline Truck Shovel Integration. This module rapidly simulates multiple strips of dragline operation producing a pre-strip horizon and spoil profile for each strip. Other functions allow the rapid design of spoil dumps to accommodate pre-strip material and in conjunction with other modules the life of pit can be modelled incrementally block by block and strip by strip.