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Map3D Demo Version

Map3D Demo application
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Map3D Fault-slip (32 bit)

Map3D Fault-slip (32 bit single core) application
requires Basic license


Map3D Fault-slip (64 bit parallel processing)

Map3D Fault-slip (64 bit multi-core) application
requires Professional license


Map3D Visco-Plastic (64 bit parallel processing)

Map3D Visco-Plastic (64 bit multi-core) application
requires Suite license


10 July, 2022 - V68
  • Bug fixes affecting "Analysis > Restart".
4 July, 2022 - V68
  • Bug fixes affecting "Plot > Surface Components > Es".
  • Bug fixes affecting "Help > Email Key check to admin@map3d.com".
6 June, 2022 - V68
  • Fixed: Issue with block slicing tool "CAD > Edit > Slice"
  • New: User defined variables in Visualization routine"
14 May, 2022 - V68
  • Fixed: Issue with mining step assgnment "CAD > Edit > Entity"
13 May, 2022 - V68
  • Fixed: Issue with toolbar and menu bitmap displays.
16 Feb, 2022 - V68
  • Fixed: Jumbled toolar buttons.
  • Fixed: Improved functionality for "CAD > Edit Entities > More Steps".
4 Feb, 2022 - V68
  • Material softening: Softened material type allows users to investigate possible stress redistribution due to de-stressed pillars, hydraulically fractured zones and pre-conditioned ground.
  • Surface tengential stresses: Tangential/extreme fibre surface stress calculations on excavation surfaces.
  • Tunnel building routine: Select a profile and automatically extrude this along a tunnel path.
  • Higher order elements: Linear or quadtratic interpolations provides more accurate stresses around re-entrant corners.
  • Toolbars: Resizable/scrollable toolbars - useful for large models.
  • Results files compression: Compression of analysis results files *.001, *.002, ... provides reduced disk storage size requirements.
  • User function allow nested calls: "Map3D > Plot > Stress > User" allows for nested calls.
22 Jan, 2022 - V67
  • New: Improved diagnostics for licence and/or key problems.
  • New: Support for networked Sentinel key.
    • Allows users to keep the dongle on a server.
    • This allows you to use Map3D remotely from wherever you are.
    • This requires the purchase of a licence upgrade.
    • Contact your distributor or Map3D International Ltd for more information.
9 Dec, 2021 - V67
  • New: "Map3D > Plot > Stress > User" allows for nested calls, for example:.
    • user1: 54
    • user2: 7.3*user1*s3
    • user3: 0.04*user1^2
    • user4: s1-[s3+sqrt(user2+user3)]
25 Nov, 2021 - V67
  • New: Support for networked Sentinel key.
    • This requires the purchase of a licence upgrade.
    • Contact your distributor or Map3D International Ltd for more information.
  • New: "Map3D > Analysis > Options > MSCALC" optional specification of UB orientation and strength parameters.
    • Required specification: x,y,z
    • Optional specification: x,y,z,psu,tsu where psu and tsu represent the plunge and trend of the normal to the ub plane.
    • Optional specification: x,y,z,psu,tsu,so,phi where so and phi represent the cohesion and friction angle to be used for shear strength calculations on the ub plane.
26 Aug, 2021 - V67
  • Fixed: Problem with pre-mining stress state plunge of SVert.
25 October, 2020 - V67
  • Fixed: "CAD > Edit > Slice" DD elements given different block numbers.
16 July, 2020 - V67
  • Fixed: Bug that caused "WARNING: Narrow gaps (BLUE)" incorrectly.
29 May, 2020 - V67
  • Fixed: Bug that caused random crash during intersection analysis.
24 May, 2020 - V67
  • Fixed: Excel caused crash when using a comma as a decimal separator - Either a period or comma can now be used.
  • Fixed: Antivirus software deleting some critical Map3D files.
27 April, 2020 - V67
  • Windows Remote Desktop Connection temporarily enabled with Map3D Pro (x64) version.
4 April, 2020 - V67
  • New: Map3D Pro now supports up to 1000 mining steps.
  • New: Map3D Pro "Analysis > BEM Analysis" significant speed enhancement during solutions due to improved handling of multi-processor.
  • New: "Analysis > Options > MSCALC" significant speed enhancement during calculations.
  • New: Enhances messaging during model building to avoid confusion with hide options.
  • New: Excavation volume change calculations added to "Analysis > Options > ERR and LERD" calculations - useful for comparison to seismic parameters.
  • New: Updated Map3D user's manual.
  • Fixed: Miscellaneous bug fixes to Excel interface.
  • Fixed: Miscellaneous bug fixes to "File > Output > Selected Grid Components".
  • Fixed: Infrequent random program crashes during various operations.
  • Fixed: Infrequent display lockup after pick function.
7 March, 2020 - V67
  • Updated: "CAD > Edit > Slice".
    • This routine allows the user to slice FF zones, DD zones, GPlanes, GLines and CLines into two separate pieces.
    • This allows larger excavations to be subdivided into two separate excavations.
  • New: "File > Save CAD State" Allows you to return to exactly where you left off in a previously saved CAD State.
  • New: "File > Restore CAD State" Allows you to return to exactly where you left off in a previously saved CAD State.
13 February, 2020 - V67
  • New: "CAD > Edit > Slice".
    • This routine allows the user to slice FF zones, DD zones, GPlanes, GLines and CLines into two separate pieces.
    • This allows larger excavations to be subdivided into two separate excavations.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.
26 November, 2019 - V67
  • New: "Plot > Options > UB Disks" visualization of UB plane orientation.
  • New: "Plot > Excel > PLoop" select a closed polyloop of points.
  • New: "Material Properties > Stress State > SVert Plunge" allows for more flexibility when specifying stress state orientation.
  • New: Double Click on model to relocate centre of rotation like "View > Centre of Rotation".
  • Fixed: "Plot > Excel > Add Points" not highlighting properly.
27 September, 2019 - V67
  • Fixed: "Plot > Excel" not detecting occluded grid planes properly.
25 September, 2019 - V67
  • New: Performance improvements to "File > Open Construction Lines".
  • Fixed: "Plot > Options > 3D Scaled Length Trajectories".
23 September, 2019 - V67
  • New: Calibration examples.
  • These examples can be downloaded from these links and used with any version of Map3D.
  • KB_Example
  • CR_Example
  • V377_Example
  • All examples are included with the demo version Download Demo
  • These examples demonstrate how to calibrate strength criteria from observed mine behaviour.
31 May, 2019 - V67
  • New: Improvements to model intersection analysis.
15 May, 2019 - V67
  • New: Further improvements to model editing and integrity checking.
4 April, 2019 - V67
  • New: Re-written model integrity checking.
30 November, 2018 - V67
  • Fixed: Error 26 on start up caused program crash.
  • Fixed: Faster startup.
  • New: Double click on *.inp - do not run analysis.
  • New: Batch startup options: -analysis, -silent, -console.
13 October, 2018 - V67
  • Fixed: "CAD > Edit > Group" caused program crash.
  • Fixed: Faster startup to avoid key error 26.
  • New: "CAD > Edit > Group" parallelized.
  • New: Additional routines parallelized during file load and intersection stages.
  • New: "CAD > Properties > Control Parameters" simplified/detailed option.
  • Other minor bug fixes.
14 June, 2018 - V67
  • Fixed: Excel plot parameters changed unpredictably.
  • Fixed: Help "?" on Analysis and Analysis Options dialogues did not work.
9 May, 2018 - V67
  • Fixed: "File > Open Model (CAD)" restarted an new analysis if Analysis Dialogue box open.
5 March, 2018 - V67
  • Fixed: "Analysis > Options > Async I/O" caused program crash when not checked.
  • Fixed: "Analysis > Options > P-Ram" more memory now available.
27 January, 2018 - V67
  • Fixed: "Plot > Average Box/Polygon Box" caused program crash for surface stresses.
  • Fixed: "Visualization > EVP File > Contour Time" not displaying.
  • Fixed: "Plot > Surface Components" missing parts of contour plots.
  • Fixed: "CAD > Edit > Group Entities" not working for DD elements.
  • Fixed: "Plot > Options > Spacing" not working for Surface Components.
  • Fixed: "File > Import Model From DXF" fixed spacing assigned intermittently.
  • Fixed: "CAD > Build FFLoop" does not complete when using Spanish language menus.
  • Fixed: "Plot > Options > Grid Lines" lines were jagged.
20 December, 2017 - V67
  • Fixed: Analysis results from models run prior to year 2000 would not load.
  • Fixed: "Excel > All Steps" not giving values for step one if the model is displaying a different step.
  • Fixed: "CAD > Edit > Copy > GPlane" moving corners of adjacent/incident grids.
  • Fixed: "File > Quick Open Model" very slow when selecting multiple *.inp files.
  • Fixed: "CAD > Edit > Smooth" not working properly.
  • Fixed: Gline contour results not plotting.
  • Fixed: "File > Import DXF" not grouping all surfaces into blocks.
9 December, 2017 - V67
  • "File > Save Model (CAD)" - bug fix.
7 December, 2017 - V67
  • "CAD > Edit > Group Blocks" missed some blocks, caused random program crash - fixed.
3 December, 2017 - V67
  • "File > Output > Selected Grid Components and Selected Element Components" now supports full length of "name" parameter.
  • "File > Plot > Excel > name" disabled so that chart plotting can proceed without error.
  • "L" parameter now calculated for line grids using "Polyline" and "Window" options.
  • "L" is measured from the the starting point of the grid line, so line grids should be constructed from the excavation surface outwards.
  • "L" parameter can be "fully populated" if you have not used a "Fixed Grid Spacing"./li>
1 December, 2017 - V67
  • Join triangles into quadrangles not working during file load - fixed.
  • Coordinate pack and renumber missing some corners - fixed.
28 November, 2017 - V67
  • Excel "Abort" not working - fixed.
  • Excel "name" parameter causes data dump failure - fixed.
  • New "Plot > Surface Components > Merr" only displays large "Serr" values - this makes it easy to find solution problems.
  • New "CAD > Edit > Entity Properties > More Steps" displays steps in grid format.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.
30 October, 2017 - V67
  • New: "CAD > Edit > Group Blocks" merges multiple blocks into one, by deleting interfacing surfaces.
  • This feature is very useful for combining blocks constructed by extruding DD surfaces.
27 October, 2017 - V67
  • Fixed: "Plot > Surface Components > ERR" not plotting.
  • Fixed: "File > Import Model from DXF" unnecessary colour renumbering.
  • Fixed: "Analysis > Options > MSCALC" results formatting error.
  • Fixed: "Plot > Surface Components > Absolute/Induced Strain" not calculated correctly.
  • Fixed: "CAD > Properties > Material Properties > Stress State" not enough digits displayed.
  • Fixed: "View > Hide > Show Errors" not showing "WHITE" edges linking wrong way errors.
28 September, 2017 - V67
  • Fixed: Excel "ea" parameter not being parsed correctly.
27 September, 2017 - V67
  • New: Extended precision Excel plots.
  • Fixed: Excel multi-step dump.
  • Fixed: Miscellaneous bug fixes.
24 September, 2017 - V67
  • Fixed: Plot > Stress > Induced/Absolute.
  • Fixed: Plot > Strain > Induced/Absolute.
18 September, 2017 - V67
  • New: Optimized "File > Open Model (CAD)" - up to 4 times faster file load - Map3D PRO only.
  • New: Optimized "File > Save Model (CAD)" - up to 10 times faster file save - Map3D PRO only.
  • New: "Control Parameters > Use Host Material Datum as Ground Surface".
    • Automatically assigns "-1" material code to elements located above the datum.
    • This eliminates the requirement to surround areas above the datum in a "-1" zone.
  • New: All Steps option for "File > Output > DXF, WRL, OBJ, BMP, PNG, JPG, TIF and GIF".
    • This allows you to get screen images for all steps.
  • New: English, Spanish and Russian menus.
  • New: DXF 100% compatibility with AutoCAD specification.
  • New: DXF import of GLINE using LWPOLYLINE, POLYLINE, LINE or 3DLINE.
  • Fixed: Excel export format to support all sgnificant digits with no truncation.
  • Fixed: "Help > Check for Map3D update".
15 July, 2017 - V65
  • New - PRO version now supports all cores/threads available.
  • New - "Analysis > Options > Halt on Errors" enables analyses to proceed even if there are errors detected.
  • Bug fix to "Intersection Analysis" - not all blocks were checked for negative volumes.
  • Bug fix to "All Steps" option for "File > Output > DXF, WRL, OBJ, BMP, PNG, JPG, TIF and GIF".
  • Bug fix to Excel plot - scatter plot will now always generated.
  • Bug fix to "Excel > Repeat" now available after changing mining step number.
26 June, 2017 - V65
  • Bug fix to "Analysis > Options > Collapse" routine.
25 June, 2017 - V65
  • New "Analysis > Options > Collapse" routine that collapses adjacent triangles to quads.
  • New "All Steps" option for "File > Output > DXF, WRL, OBJ, BMP, PNG, JPG, TIF and GIF".
  • Updated Spanish and Russian menus.
  • "View > View Grid Plane" improved so geometry is always upright.
  • Bug fix - comma separated values in *.inp files fixed.
  • Bug fix - "View > Hide > Mining Step81-100" fixed.
1 May, 2017 - V65
  • New "CAD > BUILD > FFLoop & DDLoop > Mesh" routine.
  • New support for cylinders (line grids) with "File > Output > DXF and OBJ".
  • New support for spheres (point grids and seismic visualization) with "File > Output > DXF and OBJ".
7 April, 2017 - V65
  • Bug fix - "File > Export Model as DXF" full compatibility with AUTOCAD specification.
  • Bug fix - "File > Ouput > DXF Screen Image" full compatibility with AUTOCAD specification.
5 April, 2017 - V65
  • Bug fix - Problems with more than 1.5 million nodes had lumping error.
  • New support added for DXF - MESH entity.
  • MESH is heavily used by the AutoCAD Promine mine design software.
28 March, 2017 - V65
  • Bug fix - "File > Save" defaulted to DXF instead of INP.
  • Bug fix - 3DPDF colours incorrect for certain models.
22 March, 2017 - V65
  • "Plot > Excel > Polyline" selection of grid lines - bug fix.
  • Random program crash during "CAD > Edit > Undo/Redo" selection - bug fix.
  • Random program crash during "File > Save Model (CAD)" - bug fix.
13 March, 2017 - V65
  • Clarification of how to specify mining steps from within Deswik:
    • Export each block using DXF-POLYLINE/POLYFACEMESH - this is the Deswik default.
    • Do not use DXF-3DFACE
    • Example attribute specification to mine a block at step 5:
      • MAP3D_MSTEP5 - use 0 (excavation) as the attribute value.
    • Example attribute specification to backfill a block at step 6:
      • MAP3D_MSTEP6 - use 4 (where 4 is the material number representing the backfill) as the attribute value.
19 February, 2017 - V65
  • New switch "Tools > Undo " to disable undo functionality.
  • Improved detection of Windows Temp Folder for scratch and undo files.
  • New "Tools > Language > English/Russian/Spanish" beta implementation of language menus and tool tips.
4 February, 2017 - V65
  • Bug fixes to "File > Output > Selected Grid Components".
  • Bug fixes to "File > Output > Selected Surface Components".
29 January, 2017 - V65
  • Bug fixes to Excel interface.
    • Fully populated fixed.
    • Polygon select fixed.
23 January, 2017 - V65
  • Added support for DXF ENTITY type LWPOLYLINE.
19 January, 2017 - V65
  • Bug fix for Excel interface and "File > Output > Selected Grid/Surface Components" for fully populated option.
  • Support for AUTOCAD DXF EXTENDED ENTITY DATA (EED).
  • EED allows you to tag each DXF ENTITY with custom data attributes.
  • Below are a list of the EEDs supported by Map3D.
  • Most CAD systems will allow you to add these EEDs to your DXF.
  • For example Deswik calls these "attributes", hence from within Deswik you can now create Map3D geometries including specification of Map3D block names, colours and mining sequence
    • Export each block using DXF-POLYLINE/POLYFACEMESH
    • Deswik attributes are exported to DXF as AutoCAD Extended Entity Data.
    • The attribute names (attributes names are not case sensitive) are defined as follows:
      • MAP3D_BLOCKNAME - name of the block (default is blank).
      • MAP3D_BLOCKCOLOR or MAP3D_BLOCKCOLOUR - Map3D colour number (default is the Deswik defined colour number).
      • MAP3D_BLOCKTYPE - 1 for FF, 2 for DD, 98 for inactive FF, 99 for inactive DD, 0 for grid plane (default is 1 for FF).
      • MAP3D_MSTEP# - # is the mining step number (default is mined at step 1).
      • MAP3D_BLOCKNUMBER - unique block identifier number (default is a different unique number for each DXF-POLYLINE/POLYFACEMESH or each DXF-3DFACE).
    • Attributes names are not case sensitive.
    • All attributes can be defined as strings (group code 1000), integers (group code 1070 or 1071) or real numbers (group code 1040).
    • All attributes are optional - defaults are supplied as specified above.
    • Note that if no Map3D defined attributes are specified, the DXF will read in successfully provided you are using DXF-POLYLINE/POLYFACEMESH.
    • Map3D will simply assume that each DXF-POLYLINE/POLYFACEMESH is a separate block.
    • If you are using multiple DXF-3DFACEs, Map3D may have difficulty grouping these into blocks.
    • Problems with this occur only where adjacent blocks share their corners and have the same name.
    • MAP3D_BLOCKNUMBER can be used to identify the DXF-3DFACEs that belong to separate blocks.
4 January, 2017 - V65
  • Enhanced Excel interface.
  • Modified DXF Import for multiple files.
    • Previously Map3D had difficulty distinguishing between adjacent blocks that shared the same corners.
    • If blocks are in separate files, they are now kept separate.
    • If blocks have different colour numbers or different names, they are now kept separate.
  • Stress, Strain... menu display fixed.

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