Block Cave Mine Visualiser

Block Cave Mining Data Visualiser

Underground mining operations are complex and inherently hard to visualise due to the lack of physical access. Within the block cave mining method which is commonly used for copper... Read more
Underground mining operations are complex and inherently hard to visualise due to the lack of physical access. Within the block cave mining method which is commonly used for copper extraction, there is a lot of critical ground movement and geotechnical conditions that need to be managed. The management of these conditions involves the collection and interpretation of a large variety of data. This includes data recorded on different time scales (velocity), of large quantities (volume) and of different spatial formats (variety), leading to a Big Data problem. A solution was developed with the University of New South Wales to bring these data sets together through their links in space and time through the use of virtual reality scientific visualisation.   Show less
Block Cave Mine Visualiser
Block Cave Mine Data Visualiser

This application allowed the information to be "played back" through time to look for cause and effect patterns within the mining system. Analysis using this tool led to a Doctoral thesis, multiple publications and an award for Best Paper from the International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM). The Block Cave Mining System Data Visualiser was developed for the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering at the University of New South Wales. It was developed to run on:

  • A 3D immersive theatre powered by a server of high performance PCs
  • A 2D desktop gaming PC application 
  • A gaming PC with an Oculus Rift VR headset

Special thanks go to the School of Mining Engineering at UNSW for the opportunity to work with Dr James Tibbett, Professor Fidelis Suorineni and Professor Bruce Hebblewhite to produce this fantastic product.

Client: UNSW (Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering)
Technology: VR
Block Cave Mine Visualiser

Visualisation and Big Data analysis are perfect partners

We love presenting 3D data in a visual form as it makes it easier to understand. Optimising this data display for a smooth user experience is our focus as this promotes exploration... Read more
We love presenting 3D data in a visual form as it makes it easier to understand. Optimising this data display for a smooth user experience is our focus as this promotes exploration within the data, leading to discovery. Gaming technology and virtual reality (VR) lends itself perfectly to diving into a data set and starting to look for patterns without the boundaries of traditional 2D screens. Do you have a Big Data visualisation idea to discuss with us? We would love to work with you to find the optimum solution to your needs and aid immersive investigation.  Show less
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