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Northwest geology students work with Vulcan 3D software, which the University secured this summer through an agreement with Maptek™, a global technology company. The software bundle will provide students with tools for statistical analysis and grade estimation while enhancing course work in economic geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology and geostatistics.

Northwest geology students work with Vulcan 3D software, which the University secured this summer through an agreement with Maptek™, a global technology company. The software bundle will provide students with tools for statistical analysis and grade estimation while enhancing course work in economic geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology and geostatistics. (Submitted photos)

July 16, 2012

Maptek gives Vulcan 3D modeling software to Northwest

Northwest Associate Professor of Geology Renee Rohs and geology student Kellen Koll work on GIS analysis using the Vulcan 3D software.

Northwest Associate Professor of Geology Renee Rohs and geology student Kellen Koll work on GIS analysis using the Vulcan 3D software.

The software allows users to display 3D images of drill hole data, perform statistical analysis of grid and block models, and work with plotting and triangulation tools.

The software allows users to display 3D images of drill hole data, perform statistical analysis of grid and block models, and work with plotting and triangulation tools.

Educating university students and creating a partnership for the future is a shared goal for Maptek and Northwest Missouri State University.

Dr. Aaron Johnson, assistant professor of geology at Northwest, heard about Maptek Vulcan software from one of his previous students who had been introduced to it in the workplace. Johnson called Maptek to find out more, and one month later an agreement to pledge 21 Vulcan licenses to the University was in place.

Northwest received its Vulcan licenses in May. In August, all advanced undergraduate students across economic geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology and geostatistics courses will begin using Vulcan to analyze data and create dynamic 3D models in the classroom.

“Our natural sciences department is like a four-legged table,” Johnson said. “One leg is the traditional classroom setting, the second is inquiry-based lab experience, and the third is field experience. These three legs are strong but we were missing the fourth leg, which is computer technology and modern applications like Vulcan.”

Northwest chose the Vulcan GeoStatModeller bundle because it prepares students for work in geostatistics and modeling. This Vulcan bundle is a complete package that will provide students with tools for statistical analysis and grade estimation, which are required for accurate modeling and mine planning. It allows users to display 3D images of drill hole data, perform statistical analysis of grid and block models, and work with plotting and triangulation tools.

“We want our students to be able to visualize the data, and draw and render in 3D,” Johnson said. “The tools include options for creating models and give us the ability to directly analyze borehole data, which is important in exploration geology.”

“Donating software is a great way to encourage the use of high technology at universities,” said Robert Slade, senior vice president of Vulcan sales. “Maptek is always eager to participate in educating the next generation of earth science, geology and engineering professionals.”

With award-winning students, record graduation rates and a 93 percent job placement rate, Northwest is confident the addition of Vulcan will add value to its students’ education and boost their skills for their future professions.

“Our goal is to give our students every possible advantage,” Johnson said. “And Vulcan will allow us to take our program right to the cutting edge of technology.”

About Maptek

Maptek™ is a global company that has developed high technology solutions to help mining companies make the most of their data for more than 30 years. Maptek Vulcan™ is one of the world's most trusted 3D mine planning and modeling packages. Some 6,000 licenses of Vulcan are active across the globe for applications ranging from mine exploration and geological modeling, to mine design, planning and rehabilitation. Vulcan is in use at more than 1,200 sites worldwide that are aided by technical support from our global network of 14 offices.

Maptek’s North American office was established in 1986 and now employs more than 70 staff. These include mine engineering, geology and survey technical staff, and sales, marketing and administration teams. In addition to Vulcan, Maptek develops and sells cutting edge I-Site™ 3D laser scanners and scan data modeling software. I-Site technology is used for pit and topographic survey, and stockpile and material volume calculations, as well as survey applications in civil and forensic industries.

For more information, visit www.maptek.com/vulcan.


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Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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