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How 3D Modeling has Changed the Face of Mine Planning

Technology touches every part of our lives. Mining operations are no exception to this trend. Robotics, advanced gradiometers, and automated drilling are only some new mining breakthroughs. 3D Modeling is a recent but important innovation. It allows you to show subsurface structures in three dimensions. This feature has great advantages over two-dimensional representations of underground space. Because of this fact, 3D Imaging has become standard in the mining industry, and for good reason. It's likely a part of your mine planning. But why is it so important? Why did 3D Modeling change the game? Read more...

Guesswork vs. Science and Technology

Years ago, coal exploration wasn’t a scientific process.  Many times, soft coal seams would be washed away and lost during the core drilling process.  Marshall Miller, the founder of Marshall Miller and Associates, believed that practices being utilized in exploration to identify oil and gas reservoirs would also benefit coal exploration.  Subsequently, he invested in geophysical logging equipment to accurately measure the thickness of coal seams present in boreholes.  He also offered his services to companies pursuing unconventional sources of gas, including coalbed methane.  MM&A adapted computer technology to enhance methods of mapping and modeling coal seams and other mineral deposits.  As MM&A was quickly becoming one of the best known firms of its kind, it branched out to offer other services such as mining engineering and environmental services.  The days of hand drafting maps and analog technology are long gone.  MM&A staff takes a tremendous amount of pride in operating the latest computer programs, including Carlson based platforms, Vulcan, RockPlane, LaModel, SDPS, among others.  MM&A provides products to work clients in digital form, and offers cutting-edge technology such as its new drone services division. Read more...