Implicit Modelling with Micromine

Implicit Modelling has developed a strong following among modelling software companies over recent years. To mining companies in particular, it’s value has been enormous as it allows for the process of data modelling to be sped up, and therefore allows for a more efficient operation. The numerical process of Implicit Modelling also helps reduce result bias as it eliminates the personal perceptions of geologists.

What is Implicit Modelling

Micromine256x256There is a lack of knowledge around what a true implicit model is. A true implicit model is a big equation that covers the entire volume under investigation. This has infinite resolution however, and therefore doesn’t always produce a visible result. A true implicit model can also be queried in an infinite number of ways without having to recalculate the equation. Applications that don’t support a true implicit modelling framework must recalculate the entire solution each time. The methods they use to produce the resulting triangulated model are generally less sophisticated too.

In early days, computers were unable to handle the size of the calculation required to produce the model, however as they developed more power, they became equipped to handle the calculations. Another big change over time was the integration of implicit modelling into mainstream mining software and the expansion of modelling applications into mainstream mining.

It is now becoming more and more mainstream within the minerals industry as seen through the adoption of the software by most general purpose mining applications.

MICROMINE’s namesake product, Micromine, promises to deliver several enhancements in 2016 for Implicit Modelling, which include support for variable structural trends within a model, and the ability to save and re-use the implicit model equation.