Can the virtual world improve mining?

By Alexandre
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Imagine a world in which you could experience anything you wanted to without risk to yourself or your pocket book? What would you choose to do?

In the virtual world, you can experience skydiving off of a building. That is probably something none of us would actually do in real life, but might try if there were no risks of failure in a simulated version of reality.

The virtual world is being used to explore and innovate in some fascinating and world changing ways, beyond personal experiences, as technology has developed to a point where data from the real world informs simulations of them. Take for example, the Living Heart project in which scans of hearts are used in conjunction with expected and actual performance data to allow doctors to diagnose and recommend actions for patients. The Living Heart also allows surgeons to practice operating on a patient in a simulated environment.

This type of technology can be applied in mining today as well. 3D Lidar scanning is common place, as is the collection of data on mining performance. This information can be turned into a virtual version of a mine site, one in which problems can be diagnosed and options for improvements investigated. Since this virtual world is a simulation of the real one, ideas can be explored that would be otherwise deemed too costly or risky. These ideas might be small, such as scheduling, or larger, involving a reconfiguration of the mine site.

With a virtual environment in which to visualize, explore, and change things, continuous innovation becomes possible. This is not just continuous improvement, but one in which provocative ideas can be proven and improved upon before being deployed.


Watch “Exploring the 3DEXPERIENCE Mine” to learn more,

with Marni Rabasso, Vice President of Natural Resources, Dassault Systèmes .

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Future in Reverse with 3D

By Oleg
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I’m always trying to share with you my view about the future of technology. However today I’d like to take a different angle.  I wonder how future 3D technologies and applications can help us to know more about our history?

I truly believe that 3D technologies will play a key role to help us re-create our past. And to understand our past is important in order to build our future.

I’ve found several examples where I see 3D technologies already helping us to understand, re-build and preserve our history for the future.

The first example comes from my personal history.  Many years ago I lived in the former USSR. Even so, during that time I wasn’t able to visit Lenin’s mausoleum on Moscow’s Red Square. To my big surprise, I found a website (thanks DL blog for that) that has recreated this architectural monument in an interactive way (interactive link is here).  The 3D technologies for this specific project were provided by ParallelGraphics. On a side note, for a few years the president of the Moscow-based ParallelGraphics was Francis Bernard, a person key to the creation of CATIA software, as well as the former president of Dassault Systemes.


Another example is the appreciation of Industrial Archeology with 3D CAD, which helps designers and engineers preserve history by recreating products that no longer exist.

“Industrial archeologists like Californian William L. Gould use SolidWorks software as an efficient, mechanically faithful way to illustrate, in three dimensions and myriad individual components, a piece of lost history. Gould’s (pictured) full-color 3D CAD model of the 1879 Mason Bogie steam locomotive, is rendered in SolidWorks and PhotoWorks software, and exists only as a 3D CAD model with hundreds of discrete parts. It is available as a fine art lithographic print or a set of plans in exacting detail.”

Lastly, you’ve probably heard of the Khufu Pyramid project by French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin?  It’s  an impressive theory presented with Dassault Systèmes’ 3D technologies to help and understand of the secret of how the Great Pyramid was built. I enjoyed watching the video again and thought you would too.

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I hope you enjoyed my 3D Future in Reverse perspective. Please share any other examples you have about the usage of  3D to discover and recreate our past.

Best, Oleg