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Creating the Block Model

2007 Dr. B.C. Paul

{Note The Name MineSight and the Program described are property of
Mintec Inc Tucson, Arizona}

Now Lets Set Up A Model View for My

Block Model

Name My Model View

I picked
Block Model

Pick My Project Control File

If you dont know to type it in - Browse

Select My Model

Obviously a
File 15

Pick My Primary Display Item

Click on Apply to Tell It What to Display

The Difference between apply and Ok (Apply applies what ever changes you have
Made but leaves the dialog box open for adjustment. Ok also closes the dialog box.

And There Is the Start of Our Block Model

Model Ranges and Crashing MineSight



is a graphically intensive

Relies heavily on your graphics card

A large

file will bury the video card and

cause a crash (exactly when is usually
sensitive to what kind of video card you
We Usually try to limit the display range to
avoid a crashing overload

It started bringing up just the top level of the

model to avoid the problem.

Home on the Range or setting the display

Click on the Range
I want to see 1/4th of
The model
1- Ill set for full height
2- But on Northing
And Easting range Ill
Only display each
(Ie I will look at 1/4th
Of the model)

Now Hit Apply

Im Beginning to See My Block Model

Go to the Geometry Tab to Bring in the

Top and Bottom Surfaces that will provide
for Air Block Identification

Now Use the Red Boxes to Start Searching for my Top and Bottom File

Probe Down to Select the Geometry for

the Model Top (and Bottom)

I Need to Hit
Another red box

Now I will
Select my
Top and
Surface and
Say Ok

Now Ill Select My Solid Surface

And click Ok

We Will Now Proceed to Code the Model

By the % of a Block Within Our Surface
(Note that this will identify our Air Blocks)

Highlight the Geometry

We will use for coding
Our model

Instruct the program to

Begin coding the model

We Are Now Getting Ready to Code the

Air Blocks

Tell the program to code

Each block with the %
Between our surfaces

Also have the program

Make an initial pass
And set everything to 0
So that blocks truly in
The air will be 0% rock

Pick this from a pull

Down menu of choices

Check the box

Put a 0 in here

Holy Water Bugs We Have A Problem!

When I check which

Variable I put this in
I discover I didnt
Initialize my block
Model with a variable
For % rock.

Not to Worry We Will Use Compass to

Add the Variable

Open the Project File Editor

Pick File Clone

We will copy the file and add our extra variable. As with most windows programs you
Cannot copy an item to itself. We save it as another name and then clone it back again.

It Asks Me What File I Want to Clone

I will use the drop down and pick my file 15 and then give the clone command

Now I Have Access to Add My Variable

Im going to type in

Then I will
Click the save

Now Overcoming My Problem

Using the menu

List at the side I
Pull up variables
I could store this
In. - I like Rock

Then click Ok

It Tells Me It has Updated my Block Model

(specifically it has labeled my air blocks 0% rock)

Ill Also Save a New Geometry Set called


Now Were Ready for the Good Stuff

We will open
Compass and
Interpolate the grade
From our drill holes
Into our blocks

Pick the Menu Tab in Compass to Choose

the Interpolation Routine

Playing with the Routine Filters (So We

Dont have to Look at 40,000 routines for the right one)

We drop down the

Group menu
And pick
3D Modeling

More Filters
Pull Down the
Operations Menu
And Pick Calculation

Pick the Interpolation Routine

The name of the
Routine we pick is
It is a model interpolation

Picking it starts the process

It Wants to Know Our Interpolation

Move on
Most of the choices
Involve some sort
Of Kriging.
We are going to pick
Inverse Distance

It Wants to Know What Files to Use for

Inputs and Outputs and how much of the
model to interpolate
Since we are
Using the usual
Procedure in the
Usual way the
Defaults are
Move on

Next It Wants to Know How Far to

Interpolate a Sample
Move on
Your knowledge
Of the geology tells
You how far a sample
Is still relevant
My picks were
300 M x direction
300 M y direction
Default 0.1 in
Z direction (keeps
Interpolation on
Same bench only)
And requiring 2
Samples to do
An interpolation
(ie I wont use just one sample)


It Then Gives an Optional Search

Parameter Screen
Ill move on

The Last Thing It Wants to Know is the

Power to Use on the Weighting

The default is two which is standard inverse distance squared. Thats Fine

It Now Wants to Find Out Which

Parameters to Interpolate
The little arrows
Offer pull down
Obviously I want
To interpolate
Copper and Moly
From my composite
Assays in the drill

As for calculation type I want to do IDS (I could use this

Feature to estimate my blocks by different methods and
See the differences)

After Loading In My Responses I Move


It Asks for Anything Else It Should Weight

Samples By
Move on

Ill pick length

(ie a longer composite
Gets more weight)

I Can Search in an Ellipsoid for Samples

(you might do this with anisotropies in kriging)
Ill move on

It allows me to reject interpolating off of

extreme values if I consider some grades
to be extreme outliers Im not worried for my data set move

It Allows Me to Reject Samples if the

Rock Type of Some Other Geologic
Parameter Does Not
Since we are ignoring geology we can move on

Note It Tells Us the Last Set of

Specialized Options is Our Last Screen

Its asking what to do with uniterpolated blocks the default is label them
Missing better than setting 0 because they may be undiscovered ore

The Routine Takes Off

We Can See We Now Have A Lot in Our

File 15 Block Model

We Also Have A Very Exciting Block


Orange is Our High

Grade Ore
Yellow is Above
Cut-Off Grade
Green is Our Leach