New Updates to BlastMetriX UAV Optimize Blast Performance

3GSM GmbH, developer of software that optimizes blasting and reduces inherent environmental issues, announces several significant updates to its flagship BlastMetriX UAV software. Advancing blast performance and safety, the new version improves communication with smart drills, offers face profiling enhancements and delivers more sophisticated drill pattern analysis. 

“3GSM works closely with its blasting customers to adapt to new challenges faced in the field and improve blast optimization,” said Robert McClure, president of Robert A. McClure (RAM) Inc. of Powell, Ohio, an international blast and engineering consulting firm that provides service, support and training for BlastMetriX UAV. “Customers with an active update license automatically receive these new features inside the BlastMetriX software, or they can be ordered separately.” 

The enhanced drill pattern analysis tool provides heat mapping of drilled borehole deviations for simple visualization of differences between “as planned” and “as drilled” patterns. Semiautomatic mapping of linear rock mass features is imported into the blast plan. By providing enhanced burden and spacing information, the software allows users to adjust explosive amounts in each borehole to account for irregularities. 

“This is a great tool for a company’s key performance indicator (KPI) program. The software captures information from each blast and allows users to go back and review historical data to correct issues in the field,” said McClure. 

Updates to the IREDES (International Rock Excavation Data Exchange Standard) interface improves two-way data communication between BlastMetriX UAV and smart drills. It now allows for import of measure for drilling data like drill penetration rate and air pressure to map the subsurface geology of the borehole. At a quick glance, the software shows the geology and burdens from borehole top to bottom out to the free face. The program is compatible with all major drilling equipment manufacturers. 

Incorporating the ShapeMetriX system for generating and assessing 3D images, new geological mapping integration allows users to better visualize dips, strikes, seams and voids throughout the drilling pattern. The software can characterize irregularities in the face, which are projected back through the borehole. This allows for more precise loading of the borehole and improves blast safety. 

The underground volumetric measurements tool inside ShapeMetriX now provides the determination of precise volumes in a generalized manner, based off captured subsequent tunnel faces and perimeters. 

With the aid of aerial targets or standard BlastMetriX targets as reference points, the software imports images from a calibrated DSLR camera or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to quickly, safely an accurately capture three-dimensional face profiles for enhanced visualization of the blast area. Multiple data-rich overlapping images generate hundreds of thousands of data points for accurately characterizing typography of the surveyed area and creating a three-dimensional face profile. 

BlastMetriX UAV gives technicians the confidence the blast will perform as designed to mitigate flyrock issues, high air overpressures, excessive vibration, poor fragmentation, subpar cast, loss of grade control and wall damage. 

Through blast design optimization using BlastMetriX UAV, operations can realize significant benefits including improved fragmentation, higher crusher throughput and lower drilling manpower requirements. The scalable BlastMetriX UAV software allows companies to integrate as much or as little technology as required. 

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