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Vale chooses GeoVisionary

Publishing Date
27 Mar 2012 3:28pm GMT
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Mining Magazine

Loading & Hauling  Crushing & Conveying  Drilling & Blasting  


Vale has adopted GeoVisionary software, which aids the visualisation of complex data, and installed a portfolio of Virtalis ActiveWorks 3D visualisation systems.

GeoVisionary was developed by Virtalis, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey (BGS), as specialist software for the high-resolution visualisation of elevation and photography data overlaid with a wide range of geospatial data. One of the major advantages GeoVisionary offers over other visualisation software (3 & 4D GIS) is its ability to integrate very large volumes of data from multiple sources, allowing a greater understanding of diverse spatial datasets.

Henry Galbiatti, Vale’s general manager for iron ore exploration, closed mines and manganese planning, explained: “The nature of our business is such that visualisation is vital. Prior to our discovery of GeoVisionary, we used a GIS platform across our projects and while we had a small level of 3D capability, we weren’t able to understand fully and interact with our data. When I visited the BGS's ActiveWall and also Northampton University’s ActiveCube, I saw at once that GeoVisionary running in a Virtual Reality (VR) environment was exactly what we were looking for.”

The Virtalis ActiveWall is an installed, immersive, interactive 3D visualisation system and one of the best-selling VR systems in the world. Vale’s ActiveWall draws on active stereo technology and features a custom rear-projection screen, specialist computer, Virtalis custom software and a powerful projector. Movements within the ActiveWall environment are tracked using a tracking system.

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