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27 JUNE 2022 WorldWide Drilling Resource® BlastMetriX UAV Optimizes Blast Performance and Improves Safety Adapted from Information by 3GSM and RAM Inc. The company 3GSM, a developer of software to optimize blasting and reduce inherent environmental issues, announced several significant updates to its flagship BlastMetriX unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) software. Advancing blast performance and safety, the new version improves communication with smart drills, offers face profiling enhancements, and delivers more sophisticated drill pattern analysis. “3GSM works closely with its blasting customers to adapt to new challenges faced in the field,” said Robert McClure, president of Robert A. McClure (RAM), Inc. of Powell, Ohio, an international blast and engineering consulting firm providing service, support, and training for BlastMetriX UAV. “Customers with an active update license automatically receive these new features inside the BlastMetriX software, or they can be ordered separately.” The enhanced drill pattern analysis tool provides heat mapping of drilled borehole deviations for simple visualization of differences between “as planned” and “as drilled” patterns. Semiautomatic mapping of linear rock mass features is imported into the blast plan. By providing enhanced burden and spacing information, the software allows users to adjust explosive amounts in each borehole to account for irregularities. “This is a great tool for a company’s key performance indicator program. The software captures information from each blast and allows users to go back and review historical data to correct issues in the field,” said McClure. Updates to the IREDES (International Rock Excavat ion Data Exchange Standard) interface improves two-way data communication between BlastMetriX UAV and smart drills. It now allows for import of measure for drilling data like drill penetration rate and air pressure to map the subsurface geology of the borehole. At a quick glance, the software shows the geology and burdens from borehole top to bottom out to the free face. The program is compatible with all major drilling equipment manufacturers. Incorporating the ShapeMetriX system for generating and assessing 3D images, new geological mapping integration allows users to better visualize dips, strikes, seams, and voids throughout the drilling pattern. The software can characterize irregularities in the face, which are projected back through the borehole. This allows for more precise loading of the borehole and improves blast safety. New geological mapping integration offered by BlastMetriX. EXB