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Introduction to MineSight®


©2007 Dr. B.C. Paul

{Note


The Name MineSight® and the Program described are property of
Mintec Inc


Tucson, Arizona}

What is MineSight®?


MineSight® is a suite of mining tuned computer
programs


Heart is a 3D CAD graphics program called
MineSight®


Has a wide array of mining calculations programs that
link production planning to the graphics functions in
the 3D CAD program


MineSight® development started with first
computer routines in the 1970’s and list has grown
since


Collection includes everything from old fortran
routines to modern python program language routines

MineSight’s ® Visually Linked
Calculation Routines


MineSight ® Compass


A windows like user interface built over a bunch
of old Dos, Fortran and Unix Programs


Collection of over 400 routines


Have the feel of old mainframe batch programs


That’s because they are old mainframe routines and
subroutines with a modern windows like graphical
interface to feed them


Looks new but has you do some things to set
up runs that are like old mainframe batch
routines

New Kids on the Block


Built a Suite of New Programs that run in Python
visual language


Economic Planner


State of the Art Open Pit Metal Mining Optimization and
integrated together


Activities Planner


Microsoft Projects Gant Charts set up for Mining


Data Analyst


Ore Reserves Statistics and Geostatistics


Interactive Planner


Link between databases and 3D graphics for planning


Strategic Planner


Other procedures constantly being prepared

Editorial Commentary


Lack of Consistency


A 40 year collection and operating systems have run in fundamentally
different ways over the years


Made to look windows like but can’t always hide the architecture
underneath


Has bugs in it


Most bugs are triggered by assuming people will input in a certain way


and you don’t


Mining has lots of local terms in it so wording can encourage you to do
unexpected things


Most bugs are operator “error” triggered but it is rather unforgiving


Very computer and graphically intensive


Pushes hardware and designs to the limit and a lot of hardware and system
components misbehave when they are at their limit


Its wonderful to have so much integrated power and routines all in one
semi
-
coherent package

Specialized Software


Mintec is about 9 full time programmers, 12 technical
support and training people and a collection of dreamers,
secretaries and administrators


This is not a world wide Microsoft Operating system like
windows


Does provide 24/7 Tech support (and the program is
powerful and quirky enough that you need it)


Ie


if you figure out how to steel the program and then go look
for “MineSight for Dumbies” at 7
-
10 BookStore you are in for an
unpleasant surprise.


This program updates in response to client needs and bug
fixes and is much more fluid than Microsoft Word (and not
as fluid as an anti
-
virus program)

One of a Limited Set of Programs


MineSight®


(master of the open pit metal mine)


Probably most overall advanced and complete


Vulcan


(very good 3D CAD for hardrock
underground)


Gemcon/Mincom


Serve CAD / Carlson


Really an autocad add on for graphics and design


Quite popular with underground applications not
demanding heavy 3D visualization and manipulation


Well liked in coal

Lets Start this Puppy Up!

If Used Often MineSight ® has an icon that says

“MS3D” (ie MineSight ® 3 D)

Can Also Do A Menu Fishing
Start

#1
-
Click Start

#2
-

Pick All Programs

#3
-

Find MineSight®

And Highlight it until

A side menu pops out

#4
-

Click on the

MS3D icon

(note you do have

Icons for some of

The other routines

I mentioned).

Look for the Desktop Icon for MS3D
and Click on It

Ok


I Don’t Have One Cause I Don’t Start

That way


but some people do.

As Program Starts Microsoft Says It
Doesn’t Know Who Mintec Is
(Don’t
Worry about Billy Boy not knowing everyone on
the block)

Programs Front Icon Opens

Mines or designs

Are kept as

Projects


It can default

Start where the

Program lives


Or be sent to

Where you store

A project

If you have a

Project or design

Already you can

Have it loaded

And ready to go.

Operating the Starting Prompt

If you pull down the

Menu it will show

You were up to the

Last 10 projects

Worked on were

Stored.

You can also

Trigger a Windows

Explorer style

Pick using a

Browse function.

It has typical Windows Options for Oking or Canceling

The strange looking

X symbol is

MineSight’s ®

Delete command.

MineSight Opens ® (sometimes it
will prompt you to do something first)

Looks a little like

An Autocad for

Windows

It has a 3D display

Area similar to

Autocad.

Data Manager is

A two tiered

Windows

Exploring

Down below it

Has a message

And info window

Two Tiered Windows Exploring

Has two Levels

Top Level Shows You

The Folders

Bottom Level Shows

You the Files in a folder


(as a 3D geometry program

Has a variety of different

File types that support

The program logic


no

You probably won’t understand them on sight).

The X Box

The little red

X box closes

Things.


You can close

The “Windows

Explorer” like

Data Manager


You can close a 3D

Visualization

window

You can close the

Whole program

Driving Options

Uses the familiar

Drop down menus

Of a windows

Program

(some options do

Appear on more than

One drop down)

Also has a huge

Collection of icons

(They are short
-
cuts

To the most

Popular functions.

You also will only

Learn what these

Funny symbols stand

For by experience)

General Quirks and Observations


MineSight ® does not have an “escape” key function


You right click to finish a function which gets you out of it (but might also
finish a goof)


MineSight® has a more enforced save structure


Some drawing functions will not let you move on until you save you last
“group” of edits


It is not consistent in when this happens but if the program stops taking
orders a right click to finish what ever it thinks your doing and then a save is
a good guess.


MineSight® has limited “Undo” functionality


You can save the lest set of edits and then go back and undo it.


It does not keep a step by step undo list that lets you go back and undo
the last 20 things one at a time


Undo function often requires you to save before it becomes available


If you really goof it keeps back
-
up copies of everything and you can go
in and fetch a back up copy of what you screwed up.

Some Rigidity in Menu and Icon
Structure


Microsoft Office allows you to pick groups of
icons, call them toolbars and “dock” your
favorites in a certain position


Vulcan has created some tool bar dockability


MineSight ® has not


MineSight ® does allow you to right click
and pull up an on the spot menu of recently
used and custom chosen functions

So Why Should I Learn
MineSight®


CAD like mine design packages are rapidly
becoming an industry standard


knowing one
increases your marketability


There is enough similarity in packages that
knowing one will allow you to learn any other with
greater ease (in case your employer didn’t make
the same choice for basic package as we did


or
if your employer changes his/her mind later).


We are using it in this class and you don’t want to
even think about life without it.

Why Did We Pick MineSight


The Alumni Connection and Free Educational
Service


Anytime one says one package is better than
another will have get in fights


All packages have fans or someone would be out of
business


A conservative industry


once someone learns
something they resist change


That said now I’ll tell you why MineSight ® is best

Comparison


ServeCAD by Carlson Software is an AutoCad
overlay


It has the advantage of a widely used CAD platform


Of course this can mean needing two software licenses


It also means other larger disciplines drafting needs will
likely trump yours.


AutoCad is a 2D drafting tool with some forced 3D
functionality


MineSight and Vulcan are ground up 3D drafting tools


ServeCAD can work well on 3D objects that are usually
drafted and visualized in 2D


Popular in coal mines were workings in a single seam can be
represented 2D even when there is lots of 3D action.


Ultimately ServeCAD is limiting over the range of the
Mining Industry as a whole

The 3D Mining Models


Gemcom just doesn’t have the tools or versatility
of its competitors


Vulcan is excellent 3D


Great underground capacity


Arguably better 3D underground drawing


Will loose out on surface drawing


especially in metal
mining where MineSight ® was born


MineSight® has an unmatched set of planning and
design and calculation tools all in one package


Add ons allow one package to be used for support of
more courses and functions