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KGHM Cuprum Ltd.

3D/VR hardware:

- AOC D2769VH 27" 3D Monitor​

Used 3D/4D modelling software:

KGHM Cuprum uses a number of different 3D modelling software. Their specific application depends on the particular need of the company. There are two main applications of the software: for geological and hydrogeological purposes. For many years, KGHM Cuprum has been using Gemcom Surpac. This software was essential for geological modelling as well as for mine modelling. Recently we have acquired Datamine Studio, which enhances the geological modelling process. Furthermore, for the purpose of mine planning we use Studio 5D Planner, also developed by Datamine. Both Surpac and Datamine are used due to requirements of our main customer, KGHM PM S.A. Altogether with implementation of touch screen devices, the three dimensional modelling both in Datamine and Surpac became intuitive and comprehensive. It is possible to do modelling or view the model with a finger touch, without necessity to use a mouse. As aforementioned, an another application of 3D modelling software is for hydrogeological purposes. For these, we use Visual MODFLOW Flex, GMS 8.0, Hydro GeoAnalyst and AquaChem. They are a significant aid in creation of sophisticated 3D models of groundwater systems.

Recent/ongoing projects:

We are currently running a several projects with application of 3D modelling. One of them is concerned on sediment-hosted copper ore deposit. As an exemplary output of the model, below is shown a block model distinguished by thickness of the particular layer. In order to achieve this model, different geostatistical methods were compared and the most accurate output was selected.

Another of the on-going projects is the potassium salt deposit. The deposit is lense-type, therefore different approaches of modelling were compared. After all, due to insufficient amount of data, the simplified model must have been created – application of geostatistical methods was impossible.

The next project is concerned on hydrogeological interpretation of the archival data. The preliminary modelling was done for the needs of further 3D hydrogeological modelling. Within the drillholes, the water-bearing and impermeable beds have been defined. Joining them into one system made creation of preliminary hydrogeological model possible. Two cross-sections through the layers are presented below.

3D modelling of sediment-hosted copper deposits.

3D modelling of potassium salt deposits.

Integration of hydrogeological and 3D modelling.


Mateusz Niedbał

KGHM Cuprum Ltd.