Autodesk Software for Mining Engineering

October 4, 2021
Paulina Gallego

Paulina Gallego

I am a Mining and Metallurgy Engineer from the National University of Colombia. I work at Promine as a Technical Support Specialist, supporting our clients, performing training, webinars, and more. As a woman belonging to the mining industry, I am an advocate of the role we represent, as well as how highly qualified we are to be part of the mining sector alongside the male gender. In my free time, I thoroughly enjoy reading science fiction books, as well as watching movies or series of the same genre. I believe strongly in sustainable mining development, that is why my greatest desire is to be part of its development generating change, in order to show the world that responsible mining is possible.

Autodesk as a world leader in design and creation technology, provides the necessary tools for 2D and 3D design, facilitating the work of engineers, architects and designers around the world. The flexibility of its products and the wide range of tools it offers, allow it to position itself as one of the companies with the most complete options and that provides the best 2D and 3D solutions for users. Among the most outstanding products, we can find AutoCAD, a computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers and construction professionals rely on to create accurate 2D and 3D drawings. (“CAD software with design automation plus toolsets, web, and mobile apps”, n.d.) 

Now you may be asking yourself, how can Autodesk be related to mining and become a fundamental tool in daily tasks? 

Currently, mining software is essential in day-to-day mining in both underground and open-pit mining. The mining industry has been facing significant challenges in recent years, keeping in mind the crucial necessity to achieve automated operations that decrease the likelihood of losses and risks in mining operations. These operations include geoscience information analysis, geological resource estimation, geological modeling, mine planning, ventilation design, control in the supply chain, mine production management, dilution control among others. 

All of the above can be achieved with a good 2D and 3D design software such as AutoCAD or Civil 3D (another Autodesk software specializing in 3D design), which in turn, due to its flexibility allows the use of extensions that provide the ability to add additional utilities in the interface. Autodesk joins different companies by providing its development environment to achieve this goal and thus, allow the development of new tools for mining activities that meet the needs of the current industry in the different phases of the mining process. 

Thus, beyond being a design software, Autodesk tools allow us to model today’s world, bringing fiction to reality and further optimizing day-to-day mining processes. 

 

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