It has daily scheduling quicksurf Autocad 2007 monthly scheduling. It gives accurate results, rapid computations and convenient editing features which allow the mine engineer to try numerous scenarios and find the best combination of operating practices and mine design. Reports can be printed directly from AutoCAD or exported to third party software like Excel and Report Writer.
It has extensive Royalty Reports and a very flexible function to view and draw the timing maps allowing for solid fill, hatching, and various labeling options. It also allows for Shift Exceptions based on machine and month, or you can have shifts per day for the mining area, otherwise it uses the shifts per day in the calendar. Individual parameter grids are combined into a master grid which contains up to fourteen parameters. A master grid must be assigned to each mining area. Where bore hole data is relatively sparse, coarse grids are typically used. But, where more information is available, such as a longwall panel after development, a segment of the coarse grid can be refined to a small increment and the grid node parameters can be graphically edited to reflect local anomalies.
Each grid can contain a difficulty code to reflect adverse mining conditions. This information is used to change the miner units productivity. Typically the geologist will outline problem zones on the seam map, and the planning engineer assigns the difficulty codes and productivity adjustment factors. For overburden removal in surface mining, one of the grid parameters must be the overburden thickness. Where the deposit varies significantly in the vertical dimension and is thick enough to be removed in separate homogeneous layers or benches, each layer can have its own master grid. Each machine can have its own calendar.
The calendars are created graphically from a standard wall calendar format. Non-working days that repeat each month, such as Saturdays and Sundays, are accounted for automatically. Non-working days which vary within and between years, such as holidays and vacation shutdowns, are picked individually. The number of working shifts in each working day are also inserted in the calendar.
The Advanced button allows you to automatically mark off days of the week and holidays over the entire span of the calendar or a specified time as shown below. ICAMPS has two approaches to mine layout. One is to draw the mine layout using standard AutoCAD commands and later attach attribute blocks to each area. The other is to work inside the simulated mining module and use the special ICAMPS commands to draw mining areas or to create detailed projections including centerline drawings and pillar outlines. The system can handle any reasonable mine layout.
The mining areas are not limited to rectangular shapes. Designs can be retrieved from an existing drawing and copied to a new layout and repeated as necessary. The system allows the user to mirror, rotate, delete and reshape portions of existing layouts. The mine layout file can include symbols, identifying legends, text description and pointers to labor and material requirements files and other information that will affect mining costs. Where the mine operates in multiple seams, all the layouts for the individual seams are stored in one drawing. The sequence in which areas are to be mined is an interactive process that involves the user and the ICAMPS system. To assign mining areas to a machine, the user points to the areas in the order they will be mined.
Color coded graphical feedback lets the user see which areas have been assigned to a machine. The user also maintains the technological sequence of mining among the machines by assigning precedences where necessary. Above is a simple timing map with the text set to fit within the month mined. Much more advanced timing map display options are available. Each mining unit can have its own mining rate, either in tonnage or in linear advance.