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SHOTPlus®-i is an advanced windows compatible blast design program for use with the i-kon™ Electronic Blasting System. SHOTPlus®-i provides a simple and convenient way to design, analyse and optimise i-kon™ blasts. The highly visual interface makes the program easy to use and timing delay schemes easy to visualise.

SHOTPlus®-i is an integral component of the i-kon™ System - by integrating with the i-kon™ Loggers the blast design process seamlessly flows into the hook-up design, both speeding up and ensuring the integrity of the process. SHOTPlus®-i can import survey data detailing blasthole coordinates and identifiers. This gives the actual location of blastholes and allows for more accurate initiation designs to be developed.

Using SHOTPlus®-i

The interface consists of a top line main menu, a series of tool buttons on the left hand panel and a status line at the bottom of the screen. The button tools are grouped according to their functions:

  • Viewing
  • Drawing
  • Measuring distances
  • Blast design (explosives, primers, stemming, hole length, diameter, angle, pattern, decks, numbering or names, harness wire)
  • i-kon™ detonator delay time design
  • logging sequence.

The main menu contains standard menu items found in most applications for managing files. The software also contains a Quick menu for the common actions, a View menu for managing the information currently displayed, a Calculations menu for evaluating the blast design and a Tools menu for selecting less common tasks.

The Calculations menu allows simple initiation calculations to be performed on the blast design including:

  • Visualise - this shows a representation of the firing sequence of the detonators at different display speeds
  • First Movement - this displays a representation of the direction of first movement of material based on the hole firing times
  • Burden Relief - gives the amount of time delay per metre of burden across the blast
  • Angle of Initiation - shows the timing contours
  • Time Envelope - shows the hole deck firing times and allows checking of the amount of explosives per delay time
  • Quantities - displays the number of detonators, the amount of harness wire, and the amount of explosives consumed in the blast
  • Logger Data - enables the download of the design to the equipment and the post-blast upload to the design file.

SHOTPlus®-i is available exclusively for i-kon™ customers and can be ordered from you local Orica Representative.

SHOTPlus®-i UG

SHOTPlus®-i UG is a variant of the SHOTPlus®-i package designed specifically for Underground operations.

Using SHOTPlus®-i UG

The front end interface for SHOTPlus®-i UG varies from the standard design software in a number of key areas. The interface consists of four top line main menus, each represented by different tabs on the left hand panel and a status line at the bottom of the screen. The four different components of the package are as follows.

  • Design
  • Sequencing
  • Loggers
  • Visualise

The design page is structured in a similar manner to the surface package.

The design capability of the package offers simple ring designs to standard geometry. However, the strength of the package lies in it's ability to import pre-designed blasts from standard mine design packages such as Surpac and Datamine. DXF and text file imports allow for excellent flexibility in design download formats. The following image shows a complex multi level blast imported from a mine's survey and design package.

With a fully defined blast, the functionality of the package then comes into its own. The blast designer now has the flexibility of viewing the blast in 2D perspective drawing from any angle, delaying each individual hole through the blast, or simply delaying each ring and defining inter ring delay sequences.

Special functions such as auto harness tie up and default hole loading processes have been included to aid in the speedy functionality of the software.

The Calculations menu allows simple initiation calculations to be performed on the blast design including:

  • Time Envelope - shows the hole deck firing times and allows to check the amount of explosives per delay time
  • Quantities - displays the number of detonators, the amount of harness wire, and the amount of explosives consumed in the blast
  • Logger Data - enables the download of the design to the equipment and the post-blast upload to the design file.

SHOTPlus®-i UG is available exclusively for i-kon� customers and can be ordered from you local Orica Representative.