BLASTCAD — Noranda's three-dimensional computer-aided underground blast design system

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 86, No. 967, 1993

P. Favreau and P. Andrieux, Noranda Technology Centre, Pointe-Claire, Quebec

This paper describes the progress accomplished at the Noranda Technology Centre in the field of three-dimensional computer-aided underground blast design. Traditional methods of laying out underground blasts are reviewed, and the new computer-aided approach is described. Time savings achieved through the use of BLASTCAD can be advantageously used to better engineer blasts, using models and blast vibration analysis. Future work involving the attachment of blast models directly to the system is also addressed.
Mots Clés: Computer applications, Underground mining, Blast design.