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African coal industry to get data management software

South Africa: Mines in the African coal sector can now safely store and analyse data by using a three-dimensional (3D) coal system, called Coal Measure, a first for the African coal market, said mining and exploration software provider Micromine. The software, which will be released onto the market later this month, has been used successfully in coal projects in Mongolia and China before it was redeveloped for the African market.

Coal Measure is designed to provide a data management and 3D modelling solution tailored to suit the needs of the coal mining industry and integrates with the various aspects of the sector, such as exploration and rehabilitation.

It also provides users with tools for coal data preparation, geology interpretation, gridded seam modelling, resource categorisation, resource reporting, pit optimisation, pit design, underground design, as well as survey and plotting.

Micromine sales manager Craig Peek said the software provides fast, easy-to-learn graphic tools that allow users to create 3D geological models for the interpretation of the most difficult faults.

“Coal Measure also has a coal washability function that is designed to model a complete wash curve, calculate cumulatives from fractional washability data, provide access to regularisation tools to interpolate missing data and compile a standard wash matrix. It also has features to export coal washability tables,” explained Peek.

Other characteristics of the software include accuracy, speed and a user-friendly design. It is also dongle-based and supports a single-user mode or a network of users.

Source: Mining Weekly