Carlson Underground MiningCarlson Underground Mining — For Precise Design, Scheduling, and Mapping

Create complete mine projections and ventilations in minutes vs. hours with all the tools needed for precise design and scheduling

The Carlson Underground Mining module enables users to individualize their design with:

  • Choice of pillar designation and preferred method of locating pillars and rib lines
  • Ability to choose ventilation directions including automatically placing stops, man-doors and escape ways
  • Option to enter mine survey notes by azimuth or in a spreadsheet-type dialog
  • Use of full array of mine symbols from the Mine Symbol Library or ability to define your own to create the final map

Timing is everything. Carlson’s timing routines provide valuable information to help assign equipment to reduce idle time and increase production rates by avoiding illogical, delaying layout elements and precedence. Retreat mining may be part of the schedule, splitting the panels by advance and retreat. Added options for color settings for enhanced visual feedback in the underground timing sequencing. Retreat mining can also be included in the scheduling, splitting the panels by advance and retreat.

All of this is accomplished with Carlson Software’s renowned ease-of-use, thereby increasing efficiency and savings.

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System Requirements


Underground Mine Mapping
  • Process survey data and generate the mine map seamlessly with the mine mapping features in Carlson’s Basic Mining or Underground Mine Modules
  • Calculate end-of-month tonnage on each section in one of three ways with Quantities, either by: Average, Grid, or Centerline
  • Use the full array of mining symbols from the Mine Symbol Library, or build your own library of mining symbols, pillaring
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    plans, point symbols, or map symbols

  • Automatically connect the survey data using Auto-Connect Pillars
  • Layout your room and pillar mine automatically using Advanced Panel Layout features
  • Draw and then view the underground in 3D
Underground Mine Reserves

Determine these complete with quality attributes, thickness, and grades calculated and displayed using user-defined parameters, such as:

  • Tonnage
  • Overburden
  • Area mined
  • Qualities
  • Periods
  • Equipment
  • Cost
Underground Scheduling

Get valuable information with Carlson’s timing routines to assign equipment to reduce idle time and increase production rates by avoiding delaying of illogical layout elements and precedence.

Use the options for color settings to enhance visual feedback in the underground timing sequenceing. Also have ability to include Retreat Mining in the scheduling and split the panels by advance and retreat.

  • Schedule timing and quality forecast, tying into the geologic model
  • Individually schedule mining sections based on both productivity and operating schedules
  • Forecast difficult mining areas using Difficulty Factors in several different ways; for example:  as a function of time, location, or thickness
  • Place drawing events in the mine to accumulate specific tasks such as belt moves, belt heads, stopping points, longwall moves, etc.
  • Update your mine and reforecast quickly using one of two methods
  • All reports export directly to XML Reports, ASCII text files, and more
  • Automatically calculate extraction ratios when pillars are drawn, or input the ratio using simple closed polylines on the PERIM layer representing the panel
  • Input much of the panel data by just keying in text on specifically named layers, such as Difficulty, Extract, Ret_Extract, and more
  • Accumulate timing results by property owners

Four of those who use Carlson Mining software spoke to us about their background in the industry and they offered a little something about their experiences working with Carlson Mining. They include:Brian Glackin uses Carlson Mining software

Brian Glackin (right), now with Lehigh Hansen, who is in the cement and aggregates industry, and is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has been working with Carlson Software since 1999, mostly utilizing the Carlson Mining module, Surface Mining.

“I moved over to Carlson because people in the company had CAD experience. We use it for short-range mine planning and long-range feasibility. I like working with Carlson Software because it means we can work in CAD files and so be in the same environment as surveyors and outside civil engineers and be able to push the same files back to them – it allows us to have a common language.”

James Hitt, a consulting engineer who has been working with many of the Carlson Software office products – Civil, Geology, Surface, Underground & Hydrology as well – for at least “a couple of decades.”

“One of my favorite aspects of Carlson includes the ease of use as compared to other software packages – people with AutoCAD training can pick it up and use it right away.  In 2002, we were the first company to introduce Carlson Software into Indian market. We recommended that our client use Carlson software for their project and we trained a number of their people to use Carlson Software over the last 10 years. In addition, Carlson helped us figure out a way to create and calculate volumes for mining blocks for a steeply dipping strata coal deposit which were then used to develop detailed mine plans.”

Mike Ross has 38+ years in the industry and has used Carlson Software almost since the very beginning (1983) of the company. In his work, he uses Carlson Civil, Geology, Surface Mining and Carlson Survey.

“My responsibility now is for mapping and mine planning and I use Carlson Software every day on every project that I do. I like it for three main reasons: it’s intuitive and easy to use, it gives me great flexibility to do the things I need to do, and the response from the technical support team is both fast and good.”

Phil Patton, with Agapito in Grand Junction, Colorado, has been in the industry for 35 years and has worked with Carlson Software for “25 years at least.” He works with Basic Mining and the Civil package.

“Carlson provides an accurate way of calculating for mining operations. A person can learn the software quickly and their technical support is very good and always there, plus their movies and detailed information on the website make it easy to learn and use the software.”

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