Deswik launch new software tool for dragline and dozer design
Engineers using Deswik.DD are able to analyse and refine dragline and dozer push designs, in turn reducing operating costs and maximising value. Time savings of up to 80% in overall planning time can then be reinvested in scenario analysis to find the most efficient operating plan. As well as automating repetitive section operations, time savings are realised through integration with upstream design and reserving tools, downstream scheduling tools, and 3d-DigPlus, the leading material movement simulation package from Earth Technology.
Ian Neilsen, (Senior Consultant, Dragline Engineer, and one of the team behind Deswik.DD) explains the enthusiasm for Deswik.DD:
“We are really excited about the release of this new Deswik tool. Sectional analysis is an engineering discipline that has seen little improvement in 15 years, and yet is a key link in the planning of many mines around the world. In developing Deswik.DD we have been able to kick a number of significant goals already, through:
- Delivering automation of section operations both along strike and down dip, in addition to manual operations
- Eliminating cumbersome spreadsheeting and manual transcription of results
- Integrating with 3d-DigPlus. Simulation with 3d-DigPlus is a key part of best practice engineering design, so providing a seamless user experience here is a big plus
- Integrating with production scheduling so the impacts of design updates are understood immediately.
Now that the boom times are over, we are seeing a resurgent emphasis on a fundamental approach to improving mine operations, and have built this tool with optimization as a clear focus.”
Deswik.DD is a welcome addition to Deswik’s suite of integrated software tools for mining engineering, operations planning and mining data management. Future releases are focusing on deeper functional integration and improving all of the frustrating and unproductive steps in best practice design and analysis of dragline and dozer push operations.