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Mining Infrastructure

12d Model’s powerful set of exploration, site investigation, survey and analysis tools are crucial for the initial design, construction and ongoing operation of mining projects.

Comprehensive tools for the survey, design and construction of access roads, railways, earthworks and services allow for the coordinated design and management of mining infrastructure from within 12d Model.

Surveying
Refer to ‘Surveying’ Dimension.¬†

Earthworks
Carry out earthwork design and analysis. Created staged designs or combine using the “SuperTIN” capabilities of 12d Model. Develop mass haul diagrams and other project documentation.

Volume Calculations
Multiple volume reporting options including length, area and exact methods.

Geotechnical
12d Model can be used to illustrate borehole data and analyse volumes of excavated material from differing soil conditions.

Access and haul road design
Design access and haul roads as well as intersections using 12d Model’s alignment and earthwork design tools. Refer to ‘Roads and Highways’ dimension.

Mine civil infrastructure design
12d can be used to design tailings ponds, mining pit, channels, hardstands and numerous other elements of mine civil infrastructure.

Surface drainage
Create overland flow models. Calculate and display extent of ponding at sags and flooded widths/depths/velocities along overland flow paths. Highlight critical areas. Fully integrated in 3-D with the terrain model, road design and underground drainage networks. Analysis options available in 1-D and 2-D.

Drainage networks
Analyse, design, grade and size drainage networks (pits/pipes/culverts/channels). Integrated in 3-D with terrain model, road design, crossing services, and hydrological models. HGL analysis available using the rational method and dynamic hydrograph methods. Use of 3rd party drainage analysis software is also supported.

Non-gravity services  and subsurface utilities
Coordinate and grade all non-gravity services and subsurface utilities to ensure sufficient cover and clearance for all. A variety of string types may be used, including Super string conduits, Pipeline strings, Drainage strings and Super Alignments. Designs can be exported to GIS for future reference and use.

Visualisation and presentation
The 3-D design is automatically/continuously created and can be viewed at any stage of the design process to provide instant real life representation of the project. This is enhanced by:

  • the automatic application of textures to the design surface triangulation
  • the draping of aerial photography on existing surfaces
  • addition of features such as guardrails, line marking, street lighting, barriers, vehicles, trees and houses

walk and drive through the design with options to record the drive as a movie to share with clients and other stakeholders.

Project documentation
Automate the production of reports and drawings (plans, cross-sections and long-sections) and reduce drafting times.