Datamine Discover3D

3D Modeling for Mineral Exploration

Learn how 3D modeling can help you make better-informed decisions in all stages of the mineral exploration process. From grass-roots to advanced drilling projects, 3D modeling is rapidly replacing traditional 2D sections and plan views as the modern tool for exploration planning, simultaneously displaying surface and subsurface data, communicating exploration ideas and for investor presentations. This two-day MapInfo-Discover3D course focuses on exploration planning, targeting and data presentation using integrated drilling, geophysical, geochemical and imagery data. The MapInfo-Discover3D course is an advanced level course – attendees must have prior experience with, and a good working knowledge of both MapInfo-Discover. It is strongly recommended that attendees take the MapInfo-Discover Modules 1 and 2 courses prior to attending the MapInfo-Discover3D course.

Each attendee requires their own laptop and a copy of MapInfo-Discover3D 2016. Free evaluation licenses can be provided but these must be requested and installed before coming to class.

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Course Outline

  • Exploring the Discover3D interface
  • 3D Navigation: flying, rotating, panning, and zooming
  • 3D Cursor Plane
  • Orthographic view – A crucial tool and concept in visualizing spatial relationships in 3D
  • Discussion: 3D geomatics and spatial data accuracy issues. Reprojecting 3D files. The consequences of using multiple elevation datums – an issue that cannot be ignored
  • Clipping for sectional and down-plunge viewing
  • Saving 3D session (project) files
  • Preparing 2D data for 3D display
  • Viewing draped surface imagery
  • 3D point and line data. Incorporating soil data into the 3D model
  • Vector data display (DXF files, mine workings, geological solids, etc.)
  • Gridded data display (DEM files, geochem and geophysics)
  • Block (Voxel) model display and querying. Display slices, and grade shells etc.
  • Drillhole Display. Query lithology and set threshold grade values
  • Exporting 3D slices to 2D sections
  • 3D digitizing and object editing. Points, lines, polygons, polyhedral faces, and solids with volumes
  • Geological Modeling – solid generation and fault surface creation
  • Determining dip / dip direction, plunge, true thickness, and projected sub-surface feature locations
  • Modeling the intersection of geological features (e.g., structure and stratigraphy) for determining plunge orientation
  • Drillhole planning
  • 3D videos and animations: Communicating ideas effectively for intuitive presentations

Upcoming Dates:

August 28, 2020 – Vancouver