Update History

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 unpredictibly.
  • 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" options 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 Deswick:
    • Export each block using DXF-POLYLINE/POLYFACEMESH - this is the Deswick 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.
  • 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 Deswick calls these "attributes", hence from within Deswick you can now create Map3D geometries including specification of Map3D block names, colours and mining sequence
    • Export each block using DXF-POLYLINE/POLYFACEMESH
    • Deswick 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 Deswick 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.
11 December, 2016 - V65
  • New "CAD > Resequence Block Links"
    • When importing models from other CAD programs, it is important to provide Map3D with some way of identifying how blocks are formed.
    • The best way is simply to adjacent blocks different colour numbers, then Map3D can easily determine which surfaces belong to each block.
    • In cases where this is not possible, a new routine is now available that attempts to determine which surface belong to adjacent blocks.
    • This is done by searching for surface connections at common corners with the assumption that surfaces are provided in some sort of consistent sequence.
    • For example, surfaces 1-12 all form a block, surface 13-24 form another blocks etc.
    • The new "CAD > Resequence Block Links" routine executes this processing.
    • Note that this routine should only be used as a last resort to unscramble improperly constructed models.
  • Embed Map3D models directly into 3D PDF for interactive 3D viewing (3D PDF example requires Adobe Reader for 3D viewing)
  • Embed Map3D models directly into PowerPoint slides for interactive 3D viewing (3D PowerPoint example requires PowerPoint and Adobe Reader for 3D viewing)
  • Visualization - support for EVP files now fully supported:
    • Time, magnitude, #triggers and polygon filtering.
    • Time and magnitude colour contouring.
    • Magnitude size scaling.
    • Local and moment magnitude calculations.
29 November, 2016 - V65
  • Touch Screen support:
    • Tap for left click.
    • Press and hold for right click.
    • Drag one-finger for rotate (or pan - Tools > Mouse Options > Assign Mouse Buttons).
    • Drag two-fingers for pan (or rotate - Tools > Mouse Options > Assign Mouse Buttons).
    • Pinch two-fingers for zoom.
  • Bug fix to "File > Import Model From DXF" for POLYLINE/POLFACE MESH
22 November, 2016 - V65
  • Numerous bug fixes including:
    • File merge not treating multiple material properly.
    • MSCALC - save old file as *-bak before overwriting.
    • MSCALC - support for absolute/total strain.
    • Console mode support:
      • Map3D can now accept command line options.
      • These can be used in a text file script or entered from a Command Prompt.
      • The procedure is simply to create a *.bat file as follows:
      • Map3D filename.inp -option1 - option2 ... (where "filename.inp" is the name of the model file you want to analyse).
      • The options are as follows:
        • -console (displays only the "Analysis Dialog" while Map3D is running).
        • -stop (stops Map3D upon completion of analysis).
        • -silent (displays nothing at all while Map3D is running and stops upon completion of analysis).
      • You can also open results files as follows:
      • Map3D filename.001 (where "filename.001" is the name of the results file you want to display).
    • Visualization - support for EVP files.
    • "CAD > Edit > Move to Plane" support for non-normal extrusions.
2 August, 2016 - V65
  • Fix: Reformat INP file format to support more than one million coordinates.
12 June, 2016 - V65
  • New: Solution procedure enhanced to reduce round-off errors providing increased accuracy.
  • New: File > Output > 3D-PDF performance enhanced by a factor or 20x.
  • Fix: Accumulated damage calculations correctly calculated for subtracted results.
  • Fix: Plotting of cursor cross-hairs, polyline select and window select lines.
  • Fix: Placement of overlapping toolbars.
  • New: Batched analyses run through even when there are intersections analysis errors.
  • Fix: Text size on dialogue boxes.
  • New: Tools > Toolbars > XXL buttons.
  • New: Right-Click on contour legend to adjust contour range.
  • Fix: Miscellaneous details.
11 April, 2016 - V65
  • 3D-PDF - additional multi-processing implemented to speed up PDF generation.
8 April, 2016 - V65
  • 3D-PDF - multi-processing implemented to speed up PDF generation.
  • Accumulated Damage - Save strength parameters from being overwritten during initial file scan.
7 April, 2016 - V65
  • 3D-PDF - move image generation to background task.
  • This allows model interaction during PDF generation.
  • New: Subtract for Plot > Accumulated Damage.
  • Fix: CAD > Edit > Select Window not working.
27 March, 2016 - V65
  • 3D-PDF performance enhanced.
  • Fix: Disable invalid accumulated damage plots for subtracted results.
23 March, 2016 - V65
  • New: Plot > Accumulated Damage for elastic models.
  • New: Plot > Plot Options > MStep Max Yield - trajectory labels.
  • New: Plot > Plot Options > MStep 1st Yield - trajectory labels.
  • New: File > Output > 3D-PDF screen image.
  • New: File > Output > Animated TIFF/GIF recorder.
  • New: Plot > Plot Options > Trajectory Colour.
  • New: Plot > 3 Ubiquitous joint sets.
  • New: Plot > Plot Options > UB Number - trajectory labels.
  • New: Right click on legend to adjust contour range.
  • New: Plot > Strength Factor > RCF - rock condition factor.
  • New: Tools > Toolbars > Larger toolbar button sizes available.
  • New: Dock Toolbars button.
  • New: Updated User's Manual.
  • Fix: Build > Snap intermittently missing corners.
4 February, 2016 - V65
  • Closure control reimplemented for excavation material types (ie. material code 0 or negative material codes).
  • Solution stability restored.
2 February, 2016 - V65
  • Closure control removed from excavation material types (ie. material code 0 or negative material codes) due to solution instability for poorly constructed models.
27 January, 2016 - V65
  • Bug fix to "File > Import model DXF" missing surfaces causes unclosed blocks.
  • Bug fix to Pick-Box - misses some pre-existing block corners.
  • New "Plot > Plot Options > Fault Contours" allows you to selectively disable contours on faults.
  • New "Plot > Plot Options > Excavation Contours" allows you to selectively disable contours on excavation.
  • Miscellaneous other bug fixes.
20 January, 2016 - V65
  • All versions updated to V65.
  • Bug fix to Excel routines - non-scatter plot data appeared sometimes.
  • Bug fix to Snap routines - Edge Snap did not always pick a pre-existing block corner.
  • Bug fix to Visco-Plastic - Discretized View of elastic only models caused program crash.
  • Miscellaneous other bug fixes.
21 December, 2015 - V64
  • Modification to closure control logic to improve solution stability.
  • Closure control added to excavation material types, ie. material code 0 or negative material codes.
  • Bug fix to DDLoop routine - sometimes re-entrant interior loops were not traced.
6 December, 2015 - V64
  • This affect the Visco-Plastic version only.
  • All other versions of Map3D are not affected by this bug.
  • Bug fix - CAD menu not appearing after opening construction line file.
3 December, 2015 - V64
  • This affect the Visco-Plastic version only.
  • All other versions of Map3D are not affected by this bug.
  • Bug fix - program crash when opening multiple *.inp files.
  • Bug fix - program crash when opening an *.inp files followed by opening constrcution lines.
8 November, 2015 - V64
  • Bug fix - blanking of interior of excavations.
28 October, 2015 - V64
  • Modification - "File > Output > DXF Screen Image" uses colour matching to AutoCADs default colour index scheme.
    • This allows other CAD programs to display DXF files using the same colours as in Map3D.
26 October, 2015 - V64
  • New - "Functionality to simulate water pressure in DD zones.
    • This allows you to evaluate possible strength reduction due to water pressure in a fault or any other DD zone.
    • To use this feature just specify the water pressure along with the other stress components as part of the material property specification.
    • "CAD > Properties > Material Properties > Stress State > t/h constant and variation.
  • Bug fix - Shear strength was calculated incorrectly in the case of total closure.
  • Bug fix - Discretized view of plastic model with contours on showed random lines.
  • Modification - "View > Initialize" reset hide settings.
  • Bug fix - "Plot > Excel Plot" failed to draw scatter plot.
  • Bug fix - "Hide > Shift-key > Drag Mouse" not working properly.
20 August, 2015 - V64
  • Bug fix - "Plot > Strength Factors > Ubiquitous Parameters > Standard Deviation" value not being assigned.
10 August, 2015 - V64
  • Bug fix - "Execute Batch Queue" intermittently loading wrong file name.
  • Bug fix - "Plot > Excel Plot > Fully Populated" not dumping any results.
  • Bug fix - "File > Output > Selected Grid Components > Fully Populated" not dumping any results.
  • Bug fix - "File > Subtract" caused program crash under certain circumstances.
1 August, 2015 - V64
  • Bug fix - "Go To CAD" intermittently loading wrong file name.
31 July, 2015 - V64
  • Bug fix - "Tools > Mouse Options > Assign Mouse Buttons" some button combinations did not work properly.
5 July, 2015 - V64
  • Bug fix - Proximity check intermittently reporting incorrectly.
  • New - "Plot Options > Display contour point numbers".
  • New - "Plot Options > Display contour coordinate values".
27 June, 2015 - V64
  • Bug fix - Merge models resetting material properties to defaults instead of keeping host properties.
  • Bug fix - Selected grid components Polyline and Window not working.
  • Bug fix - Selected surface components Polyline and Window not working.
  • Bug fix - Selected Excel surface components Points, Polyline and Window not working.
19 June, 2015 - V64
  • Bug fix - blanking interior of alternate material zones not working.
27 May, 2015 - V64
  • Bug fix - SfA, SfB and SfC not plotting.
  • Bug fix - Hide Block colour 1 not working.
4 May, 2015 - V64
  • Version 64:
    • Consolidation of enhancements and bug fixes over past 20 months.
    • Addition of the following new features and bug fixes.
  • New - Support for selection and opening of multiple files.
    • This allows you to keep separate parts of model data in different files then easily merge them together into one model.
    • "File > Open Model" - allows for simultaneous selection and merging of multiple files.
    • "File > Open Construction Lines" - allows for simultaneous selection and merging of multiple files.
    • "Visualization > File" - allows for simultaneous selection and merging of multiple files.
  • New: ubiquitous strength criterion for 3 (set) orientations.
    • "Plot > Strength Factors > dTub" - Excess Shear Strength for UB-Set with minimum strength.
    • "Plot > Strength Factors > NTub" - Probability of failure for UB-Set with minimum strength.
    • "Plot > Strength Factors > SFub" - Strength Factor for UB-Set with minimum strength.
    • "Plot > Strength Factors > UB#" - Set number with minimum strength.
  • New: View > Hide.
    • "View > Hide - > Show blocks with errors" (hide blocks without errors).
    • "View > Hide > Hide block errors".
  • New: "Map3D > Help > On-line User's Manual with translation".
  • New: "CAD > Recheck Blocks for Errors" - repeat geometry check for warnings and errors.
  • New: "Plot > Miscellaneous > Material#" - plots material number as coloured contour.
  • New: "File > Output > WRL screen image" - VRML export.
  • New: "File > Output > OBJ screen image" - Wavefront export.
  • New: Right-click edit for Control Parameters and Material Properties.
  • New: Visco-Plastic zones with invalid hex shapes highlighted in RED.
  • New: Excel interface performance enhancements.
  • Bug fix: Excel interface bug fix to multi-series plots.
  • Bug fix: Results plotting interior blanking.
  • Bug fix: Disassociate Excel and Length picking functionality.
  • Bug fix: "Visualization > Plane > Make Map3Di file" - Map3D Integrated-Seismicity.
15 March, 2015 - V63
  • View > View XY plane - just rotate, no zoom.
  • CAD > Recheck Blocks - reanalyzes the model for geometric errors.
  • Excel interface - bug fix to Restart Excel.
  • Mouse Zoom function - bug fix to reverse mouse zoom.
  • Mouse Zoom function - add second mouse zoom option.
  • DXF import - support for POLYFACE added.
  • Analysis Dialogue - Go to Results added.
28 January, 2015 - V63
  • Undo/Redo - functionality rewritten for more consistent response.
  • Undo/Redo - extended to 20 levels of undo.
  • Excel Interface - functionality rewritten for more consistent response.
  • Excel Interface - some users experienced intermittent loss of communication.
15 December, 2014 - V63
  • Bug fix for Visualization routine - white background in plane contours.
26 November, 2014 - V63
  • This update only affects the 64-bit version of Map3D.
  • Bug fix for very large problems - matrix failed to solve.
4 November, 2014 - V63
  • This update only affects the 64-bit version of Map3D.
  • Parallelization of lumping routine in discretization analysis.
  • Bug fix for very large problems - matrix failed to assemble..
14 July, 2014 - V63
  • Bug fixes to "File > Open Construction Lines" - colour information ignored in some cases.
8 July, 2014 - V63
  • Bug fixes to "File > Output > Selected Grid Components", and "Plot > Excel Plot (Grids)" - other trend components missing.
4 July, 2014 - V63
  • Bug fix to "File > Output > Selected Grid Components", and "Plot > Excel Plot (Grids)" - tut component missing.
23 June, 2014 - V63
  • Intersection routine bug fix - sometimes a few intersections were skipped.
  • Hyperbolic backfill routine bug fix - lack of convergence under certain loading conditions.
  • Quadratic backfill - documentation updated.
  • Export grid data bug fix - some points were duplicated, some points gave incorrect values.
  • Undo/Redo bug fix - undo failed with multiple Map3D sessions open.
  • Build DDLoop bug fix - loop closure error for complex shapes.
  • Shift key drag window selection bug fix - window area had delayed start location.
  • Plot > Options > Min Contour/Max Contour bug fix - did not display when min and max reversed.
  • Strain/milli-strain/micro-strain option added.
  • Pre-mining stress state relabelled as SHmax, SHmin and SVert.
2 May, 2014 - V63
  • Update to Visco-Plastic version - correction to peak/residual flow rule.
1 May, 2014 - V63
  • Update to Visco-Plastic version - improved solver stability.
21 April, 2014 - V63
  • Update to Visco-Plastic version - improved solver stability.
15 April, 2014 - V63
  • Bug fix to 64 bit version - memory allocation error for very large problems.
  • Update to Visco-Plastic version - improved solver stability.
  • Update to Visco-Plastic version - improved displacement and strain accuracy.
25 March, 2014 - V63
  • Bug fix to Demo version - failure to start up.
2 March, 2014 - V63
  • Bug fix to CAD > Build > Extrude.
15 February, 2014 - V63
  • Bug fix to quadratic backfill model.
12 January, 2014 - V63
  • Bug fix to 9 Jan/14 update.
9 January, 2014 - V63
  • Bug fix to "Intersection Analysis" routines - some contacts where misidentified in the contact and proximity checking routines.
16 December, 2013 - V63
  • Miscellaneous bug fix.
11 December, 2013 - V63
  • New function "File > Quick Open Construction Lines" bypasses all pre-processing.
  • Implementation of Quadratic Backfill.
10 December, 2013 - V63
  • Beta test - support for international (non-English) language accented characters.
7 December, 2013 - V63
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.
  • All version of Map3D have been updated.
26 November, 2013 - V63
  • Miscellaneous bug fix.
  • All version of Map3D have been updated.
13 November, 2013 - V63
  • Bug fix to demo version - not loading "inp" files with multiple materials properly.
6 November, 2013 - V63
  • Bug fix to demo version - not starting properly.
30 October, 2013 - V63
  • Miscellaneous bug fix.
  • All version of Map3D have been updated.
18 October, 2013 - V63
  • V63 update.
  • All version of Map3D have been updated.
  • For users without administrator privileges, Map3d.cfg file save to desktop for continuity between sessions.
  • New option - File > Import DXF/PNT.
  • New option - File > Export DXF/PNT.
  • Tools > Mouse Options > Reverse mouse wheel option fixed.
  • On new analysis create *-bak.inp of inp file as well as *.log and *.001.
  • CAD > Properties > Control Parameters > Low/Medium/High accuracy buttons added.
  • Fix HideAll for problems with more than 1000 GPlanes.
  • Fix entity selection for closely zoomed models - sometimes off screen entities were picked.
  • Fix toolbars laying over top of one another.
  • Induced/Absolute stress and strain options failed in Excel plots.
  • Mouse roller wheel slow to update display - fixed.
  • Analysis Options > User specified #cores/threads added.
  • Simplified licensing - all version use the same license file.
26 July, 2013 - V63
  • V63 update.
  • Map3D Visco-Plastic updated with new more stable solution routines.
18 June, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • In Visualization, stress contours take precedence over seismic contours for banner display.
12 June, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • In Excel grid dumps, "Area" calculation algorithm improved for grid edges.
4 June, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • In Excel grid dumps, "Fully Populated" option generated too many subdivisions.
  • In Excel surface dumps, "Fully Populated" option generated too many subdivisions and also selected incorrect locations.
1 June, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • In Excel dump, points inside excavations are not dumped when Plot > Options > Blank is set.
  • In Excel dump, points inside excavations are dumped when Plot > Options > Blank is cleared.
30 May, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • Bug fix - CAD > Build > FFLoop > Loop Trace did not trace for certain loops - Fixed.
  • Bug fix - CAD > Build > FFLoop > Extrude did not extrude properly for edges - Fixed.
  • Bug fix - Additional documentation in Map3D User's Manual for View > Hide > Errors.
  • Bug fix - File > Open Model (CAD) > DXF failed for zero block colour number - Fixed.
  • Bug fix - File > Open Model (CAD) > DXF very slow due to unnecessary checking - Fixed.
  • Bug fix - View > Render > Assign Texture displayed incorrectly for certain surface orientations - Fixed.
  • Bug fix - Graphics adapter set to 16 bit colour caused program crash - Fixed.
  • Bug fix - CAD > Pack and Renumber Construction Lines froze for certain geometries - Fixed.
  • Proximity test during intersection analysis moved to after Contact testing so that only active interfaces are tested. This limits the number of narrow gap messages (highlighted in BLUE) to only the most important ones.
10 May, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • Bug fix - Batch mode "Copy from main options" not working - Fixed.
  • Bug fix - Popup toolbars overlapped - Fixed.
24 April, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • Bug fix - GMT time routine give wrong times for time zones behind GMT - Fixed.
4 April, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • Bug fix - Some restart will not load in V62 due to corrupt coordinate values in database - Fixed by resetting the values.
28 March, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • Bug fix - Excel dump failed for exporting multiple mining steps.
15 March, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: This update changes the internal clock in Map3D to GMT.
  • This change has been made to facilitate users who regularly travel between time zones.
  • It is strongly recommended that you install this update at the end of your work day as you will not be able to use Map3D until GMT catches up with your local time zone.
  • For users that run Map3D on multiple computers with the same key, you must upgrade all versions so that the clock synchronisation is compatible.
  • For users with multiple versions of Map3D, you must upgrade all versions so that the clock synchronisation is compatible.
  • All versions of Map3D are available in both 32 bit and 64 bit multi-processor versions - contact your agent for pro-rata upgrade costs.
  • Bug fix - "File > Output > Selected Surface Components" failed for polyline format.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes to all versions.
21 February, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • Bug fix - error 5 reported in incorrectly during "File > Open Analysis Results".
20 February, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • Modifications to File > Output > Selected Grid components to support larger number of parameters.
18 February, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • Modifications intersection analysis routines for more robust closure and contact resolution.
  • Release of 64 bit version of Map3D Visco-Plastic.
  • Update of 64 bit version of Map3D Fault-Slip.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes to all versions.
6 February, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • Miscellaneous minor bug fixes.
1 February, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • Bug fix Excel interface (L parameter not working properly).
  • Bug fix principal stress routine (failed when s1=s2 or s2=s3).
24 January, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • Bug fix to File > Open > Model DXF format.
11 January, 2013 - V62
  • V62 update.
  • 64-bit version now available - features unlimited problem size (available only with the multi-processor option).
  • View > Render > Texture - user defined bitmap textures can be displayed on block surfaces.
  • Plot > Excel - communication interface completely rewritten.
  • Plot > Options > Outlines - display toggle.
  • Plot > Options > Discretization - display toggle.
  • Hide/Unhide bug fix.
  • CAD > Snap > User Defined Cursor - new method to configure.
  • Display of length on status bar during block building.
  • CAD > Edit > Entities DD->Grid/Grid->DD bug fix.
  • Trajectory length scaled from zero instead of the minimum contour value.
  • Plot > Options > Min/Max Contour toggle bug fix.
  • Backup copies now renamed to filename-bak.??? instead of filename.b??
17 December, 2012
  • Program startup bugs fixed.
12 December, 2012
  • Key problem bug fixed.
10 December, 2012
  • Undo/Redo edit bug fixed.
7 December, 2012
  • Edit Entities > GPlanes convert to DD's fixed.
  • File save errors fixed.
4 December, 2012
  • Support for JPEG screen dumps.
  • New dialogue for mouse key assignments.
  • Updated User's Manual/Help.
  • Bug fix to display of pre-minig stress dialogue.
  • Numerous bug-fixes that may have caused random program failure.
12 November, 2012
  • Bug fix to dongle routines.
7 November, 2012
  • Bug fix to Hide > Translucent - did not work.
6 November, 2012
  • Bug fix to Undo/Redo - sometimes this did not work.
  • Bug fix to File > Restore last CAD State - sometimes this did not work.
  • Bug fix to File > Output > Selected Grid Components - multi-step dumps to CSV were not comma separated.
  • Bug fix to File > Output > Selected Grid Components - multi-step dumps to TSV were not comma separated.
  • Map3D User's Manual updated to V61.
3 November, 2012
  • Bug fix to Analysis > Options > MSCALC - results calculated at incorrect locations.
31 October, 2012
  • Bug fix to VmoveX VmoveY VmoveZ and Vmove Plane.
30 October, 2012
  • V61 release (applies to all version of Map3D).
  • Programmable hot-keys (Tools > Assign Hotkeys).
  • Programmable mouse-buttons (Tools > Mouse Options).
  • Undo/redo 10 times.
  • File > Restore last CAD State (return to exactly where you left off in a new Map3D session, or in the event of program crash).
  • Dockable toolbars.
  • Extra large buttons.
  • Open log file from Analysis Dialogue.
  • Open restart file from Analysis Dialogue.
  • Edit > Subdivide Clines.
  • Extrude FF in Build Dialogue.
  • Extrude DD in Build and Edit Dialogue.
  • Optional show fixed element width on grids and elements (View > Render > Fixed width spacing).
  • View > Hide excavations.
  • Use comma in place of decimal for numerical format in Excel dump.
  • Display of absolute and induced displacement on DD's.
  • Fixed batch option dialogue.
  • Reset all batch options.
  • Dump material list to Notepad or Excel (Materials > Dump to File).
  • Fix dump of "name" field to excel.
  • Label materials as FF or DD.
  • Control LERD on a step by step basis.
  • Fix odd lines drawn in OpenGL intermittently.
  • Fix database overflow for large numbers of Clines.
  • Fix OpenGL display list overflow for large models.
  • Fix demo start-up.
  • Min contour on/off (Plot > Options > Min Contour).
  • Max contour on/off (Plot > Options > Max Contour).
  • Transparent/Translucent hide option for hide errors (View > Hide > Translucent).
  • Support for CSV, TSV and TXT files in data dumps.
  • Support for comma in place of decimal in data dumps.
  • Open data dumps in Excel or Notepad.
  • Hide up to 600 block colours.
  • Hide up to 600 grids.
  • Hide up to 600 cline colours.
  • 100 mining steps.
  • Miscellaneous other items.
16 October, 2012
  • Update to new release of Intel compiler - appox. 5-10% performance increase.
  • Support for 16 cores/32 threads.
14 September, 2012
  • Miscellaneous fixes to intersection routines.
14 May, 2012
  • Release of V60.
6 March, 2012
  • Bug fix for Cartesian stresses, + and - sign reversed.
  • Bug fix to and trajectory orientation display due to reversed sign above.
  • Note that analysis results are unaffected, this affects the display of results only.
20 January, 2012
  • Bug fix for caseswheres1=s2=s3 - non-principal components were calculated incorrectly.
  • Bug fix to detection of grid points inside excavations - plotted when should be blank.
15 November, 2011
  • New "CAD > UnGroup DDs" routine.
  • Bug fix to principal stress orientation calculation for cases where s1=s2 or s2= s3 ,or s1=s2=s3.
  • Bug fix to "Material Properties > Stress State > Cartesian Stress" specification - Cartesian to principal error.
  • Bug fix to "CAD > Edit > Copy Entities" specification - grids not copied when included in list with blocks.
  • Bug fix to contouring algorithm - black triangles drawn in error.
  • Bug fix to "View > Render > Discretize" - display error after Go to CAD.
  • Other miscellaneous bugs fixes that causes unexpected program behaviour.
5 November, 2011
  • Bug fix to File > Output > Surface Components.
24 October, 2011
  • Version 59.
  • New "Analysis > Analysis Options > Linear Elements".
  • New multi-segment grid lines.
  • New find and remove duplicated blocks.
  • New find and reattach disconnected surfaces.
  • Numerous other minor bug fixes.
8 October, 2011
  • Fine tuning of routines used in "Analysis > Options > Move".
  • Upgrading of Map3D Integrated-Seismicity to support multi-processing/multi-disk.
3 October, 2011
  • New DD to Gplane and Gplane to DD option availble from "CAD > Edit > Entity Properties".
  • This allows for use of all DDLoop features to construct complex Gplane shapes.
  • Faults can thus be modelled as Gplanes first, to determine elastic stresses, estimate reasonable properties and evaluate slip potential. Then easily changed to DD's for plastic slip analysis using "Fault Gouge" or "Equilibrated Gouge".
  • Bug fix - Sometimes "Go To CAD" goes to CAD then in error restarts the stress analysis - fixed.
5 September, 2011
  • This update is for users of Map3D-VP only.
  • Enhanced solver converges in a smaller number of iterations thus reducing run time.
  • All Map3D bug-fixes and enhancements since the last VP update have been incorporated.
18 August, 2011
  • Bug fix - Excel plots of strain were presented for absolute only when they are supposed to be toggled between induced and absolute. Contour plots and user function plots were already correct and are not affected.
10 August, 2011
  • This update is for users of Map3D-VP only.
  • New more stable flow rules allow for solutions of under complex stress conditions.
  • These new flow rules support all 9 possible stress states including:
    s1=Co+q.s3 with support for s3=To
    s1=s2=Co+q.s3 with support for s3=To
    s1=Co+q.s2=Co+q.s3 with support for s2=s3=To
    s3=To
    s2=s3=To
    s1=s2=s3=To
  • All Map3D bug-fixes and enhancements since the last VP update have been incorporated.
6 August, 2011
  • Bug fix to "Press Escape to Abort" while loading construction lines.
29 June, 2011
  • Bug fix to CAD > Edit > Move to Z.
24 June, 2011
  • Further bug fixes to MSCALC routine.
19 June, 2011
  • Bug fixes to MSCALC routine.
  • Enhancement to Excel plotting routines. It is no longer necessary to specify Map3D.xla as an Add-In - this is done automatically by Map3D.
  • Bug fixes to OpenGL display in Windows 7.

  • Map3D Mutli-processor Version
  • Available now.
  • Fully tested on 2, 4 and 6 core CPUs.
6 June, 2011
  • Bug fix to Excel interface.
16 May, 2011
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes to version 58
  • MP licensing control options.
  • Map3D.cfg save location.
  • Permission settings.
14 May, 2011
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes to version 58.
11 May, 2011
  • Release of Map3D version 58
  • Map3D version 58 features multi-processing enhancements:
  • - New support for multi-core CPUs.
    - Performance gains are approximatey proportional to the number of cores.
    - New support for multi-disk computers.
    - Performance gains are approximatey proportional to the number of disks.
4 April, 2011
  • Bug fixes to Map3D version 57:
  • - Intermittent error in LERD calculation for FF zones - fixed.
    - File > Output Selected Surface Components bug fixed.
    - Screen buffering problem when using View > Centre and View > Length - fixed.
21 February, 2011
  • Bug fixes to Map3D version 57:
  • - Problems with specification of cartesian stress state - fixed (applies to all versions).
    - Problems with instability in solver resulting in Nan errors - fixed (applies to VP only).
    - Plotting of total strain showed anomalies - fixed (applies to VP only).
27 January, 2011
15 January, 2011
  • Perhaps the best Map3D update yet.
  • Map3D version 57 features two major enhancements:
  • - New compiler optimised for Intel processors (2x faster run times).
    - New Excel communication interface (more reliable data transfer linkage).
    - NB: Please replace all occurrences of Map3D.xla with this new file now.
28 August, 2010
  • New faster disk I/O routines.
  • - With a fast SSD (e.g. Intel 25-M) you can now achieve over 250MB/sec.
    - Solutions times can be 10 or more times faster (as fast as PRAM).
  • Bug fix to Excel interface.
  • - Many users reported the error "Excel did not respond to Map3D". - The new routine will overcome this problem in most cases.
  • Map3D Visco-Plastic verification example available for download Map3D-Cylindrical Hole in a Mohr Coulomb Medium.pdf
18 August, 2010
  • Expanded address support for PRAM "Analysis > Options > PRAM".
  • When running Map3D under Win-64bit you can now access all physical RAM installed on your computer.
  • By assigning large amounts of PRAM for storage of coefficient arrays, solutions times can be 10 or more times faster.
  • For example if you install 32GB of physical RAM on you computer you can now access all of this for matrix storage.
  • Bug fix to "File > Save Model".
  • Bug fix to "Tools > OpenGL Pick".
17 July, 2010
  • New "File > Subtract Restart Files" supports display of change in value of all grid components including excess stress plots.
  • New tilt components added to "Analysis > Options > MSCALC" (duxdx duxdy duxdz duydx...).
5 July, 2010
  • Repairs to Excel interface.
  • Added DOF# parameters to Excel dump.
13 May, 2010
  • Lumping error fixed.
5 May, 2010
  • Bug fix to DXF import x -> -x.
  • Bug fix to Excel macro.
4 May, 2010
  • Version 55 features a 10% faster solver, several new features and bug fixes.
  • Compatibility with Windows 7 32-bit and 64 bit.
  • Map3D Visco-Plastic beta-release now available. This new version of Map3D provides full 3D plasticity analysis and is able to duplicate results from other plasticity programs such as Phases, Flace3D, Abacus, Lusas, Adina and Midas.
  • New faster Sentinel key drivers.
  • New equilibrated fault slip material model. This model automatically adjusts the strength distribution to put the fault exactly into equilibrium with the stress distribution at the end of step 1 so it will react to subsequent mining. This can be considered to be the most sensitive state for an active fault.
  • New stress state "Datum". Datum can now be specified as a function of horizontal position. This allows for better specification of pre-mining stress state in sloping terrain.
  • New Hgr toolbar.
  • Excel intermittently failed to respond to Map3D on start up - fixed.
  • New accumulated plastic strain "Eacc" for DD elements.
  • Pick box failed intermittently - fixed.
17 October, 2009
  • Fix strain dump for "File > Output Selected Grid Components".
  • Fix occlusion by other grids for "File > Output Selected Grid Components".
  • Fix mining step number dump for "Plot > Excel > Surface Components".
18 July, 2009
  • Fix to Excel export routine to support more than 32768 rows.
3 April, 2009
  • Bug fix to intersection routine.
13 January, 2009
  • Disable mouse roller wheel in Dialog boxes.
  • Disallow slope q < 1 in Rockmass Strength Factors.
  • Provide error message for syntax error in Excel Plot.
  • Fix picking of points on Grid Lines - especially difficult when laying on top of Grid Planes.
  • Fix changing UCS and phi values during dumping of multiple steps in Excel Plot.
  • Fix OK to apply settings in Plot Options Dialog.
  • Fix unclosed surface errors for long edges adjacent to small attachments.
  • Excel start-up problems can often be fixed by executing the "Detect and Repair" routine located on the Excel Help menu.
  • Demo version modified so that Excel export utility functions.
16 December, 2008
  • Bug fix to blanking routine near DD elements.
9 December, 2008
  • Blanking routine fixed to properly identify interior of excavations.
  • Excel interface fixed to work with MS Office 2007.
7 November, 2008
  • Performance improvement to matrix solution routine. Solution times reduced.
1 November, 2008
  • Bug fix to "Plot > Excel Plot (Surfaces) > Area" routine - area was calculated incorrectly - fixed.
31 October, 2008
  • Bug fix to "Analysis > Options > Move Points" routine - analysis result points near surfaces are now moved to a more representative location giving improved contour appearance and accuracy near stress concentrations.
  • Bug fix to Plot > Options > Blank" routine - analysis result points near inactive surfaces were previously misidentified and caused incorrect results display inside excavations. These points are now identified and blanked properly.
14 August, 2008
  • Bug fix to display of values for in-plane principal stress s1i and s3i.
26 July, 2008
  • Bug fix to plotting of strains for hyperbolic backfill.
29 April, 2008
  • Modifications to "CAD > Edit > Move Vertices to X, Y, Z and Plane" - construction line are now extruded to the plane tangent to the construction line. This allows difficult shapes to be flattened for easier construction without loosing geometric shape.
  • Questions regarding inactive and unused blocks not being visible have been corrected so they onloy appear when necessary.
  • Correction to discretization routine - Warning message about subdividing long sides of block was issued in error.
16 April, 2008
  • Modifications to Construction line,DDLoop and FFLoop routines to handle more complex shapes including duplicate lines and retraced lines.
14 April, 2008
  • Miscellaneous fine tuning and bug fixes to many routines including:
  • Further refinements to DDLoop and FFLoop routines to handle more complex shapes and finer meshing.
  • Refinements to construction line routines including DXF converter.
  • Go to CAD on main menu bar.
  • Translucent button on Hbl toolbar.
2 April, 2008
  • Miscellaneous fine tuning and bug fixes to many routines including:
  • Bug fixes to Excel dump routine.
  • Refinement to DDLoop and FFLoop routines to handle more complex shapes and finer meshing.
  • Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y for undo/redo.
  • Bug fix to ERR/LSS calculation routine.
  • Multiple extrusions using CAD > Build > Offset enabled by holding shift key.
  • Bug fix to absolute/induced strain routine.
  • Improved shift key selection editing.
22 December, 2007
  • Map3D version 54 features new enhancements to solve problems and build models faster:
  • New Probability of failure plots in the Strength Factor Menu.
  • By specifying the uncertainty one has in the failure criterion, prediction reliability can be estimated using probability theory.
  • This feature has been setup for contouring of rockmass, in-plane and ubiquitous plane failure.
  • New 32-bit z-buffering to eliminate rear and front clipping and better display.
  • The near and far clipping region has been extended.
  • New mining-induced strain and Mining-Induced stress plots.
  • The change in stress and strain from the pre-mining condition can now be plotted.
  • New Construction-Line Smoothing options.
  • Smoothing for angular deviations as well as point spacing.
  • New Right-Click editing in CAD interface (as per 30 Nov/07).
  • New user controlled toolbar button sizes (small, medium and large size buttons).
30 November, 2007
  • New right-click editing functionality:
  • Right-click on blocks, grids or construction lines for editing (CAD > Edit).
  • Hold the Shift key (during right-click) for multiple selections.
  • Hold the Alt key (during right-click) to automatically repeat the previous editing function.
  • Right-click on contours for plot options.
  • Program dimensions increased to accommodate 166666 blocks.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes including the following and more:
  • Excel plotting and Output selected grid components debugged to support multiple grid planes.
  • Cline merge during results viewing stage.
  • Tools > Mouse Wheel Reversed option.
  • OpenGL Interactive editing enhanced to provide improved visual clues during building functions.
20 November, 2007
  • OpenGL support for Intel 965 chipset X3100 graphics.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes including:
  • Place Ore in stopes and stopes are hidden if Hide > Solids on - implement dialogue to address this.
  • Orientation not labelled on banner for Dsub - fixed
  • Excel and User function changes when you press Less or More - fixed.
  • No Save prompt after input file merge - fixed.
  • View > View X-Y model repositioned incorrectly - fixed.
  • Edit > Copy and Move x,y,z > positioned too far off to the right - fixed.
  • Tools > Configure Contour Bar > Excel button added.
23 March, 2007
  • CAD > Edit > Entity Properties - DD's extruded without prompting for extrusion vector if mixed DD's and FF's are selected - bug fix.
  • Sometimes tool-tips appear beneath tool-bars - bug fix.
  • CAD > Edit > Material Properties - Sometimes host material #1 appears as Elasto-Plastic - bug fix.
  • Course example file HUNG2-36 has inactive gouge material #2 instead Fault-Gouge - fixed.
12 March, 2007
  • Turn on grids with GoToCAD, open new input or plot any component with no grids already on.
  • Plot > Strength Factors > Ubiquitous Parameters > UCS - bug fixed.
  • CAD > Snap> Grid/Cursor Setup interactive edit plotted snap grid at wrong location - bug fixed.
  • CAD > Edit > Subdivide Edge errors for construction lines - bug fixed.
  • Map3D Non-Linear points inside excavation not identified properly - bug fixed.
7 December, 2006
  • New Plot > Strength Factors > Excess In-plane normal stress ( 3 s1i - s3i ) including trajectory display. Useful parameter for evaluating stability around drives.
  • Larger toolbar buttons.
  • Bug fix CAD > Edit > Scale interactive display.
  • Bug fix Excel plotting routines:
  • could not select new points after plotting multiple mining steps.
  • support for more than 26 columns.
  • Plot > Displacement > dmi and dmu (In-plane maximum and Ubiquitous-plane maximum displacement) calculated incorrectly - fixed.
20 October, 2006
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes to Excel plotting routines.
6 June, 2006
  • Plot > Surface Components > ERR did not colour contour - bug fixed.
  • Extrude DD into FF block did not prompt for extrusion vector - bug fixed.
  • Point and line grids did not light source shade - fixed.
  • Very short line grids detected and drawn as points grids.
  • File > Output > Selected Grid Components and Plot > Excel Plot (Grids) created duplicate points for line grids - bug fixed.
26 April, 2006
  • Release of Version 53.
  • New CAD > Edit > Subdivide Edge implemented for 3D blocks, DD planes and clines. This enables easy repair of miss-built entities.
  • New Show and Hide Keyword Filters added to Visualization Database. This allows visualization points to be filtered for display and plane fitting.
  • New Point Grids - to show individual stress points.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes related to Snap Grid, Go to CAD, Excel plotting, Edit Undo/Redo.
  • Updated HTML and Ebook Manual.
  • Updated PDF Manual includes previously incomplete and missing sections.
  • Other formats available on request.
7 April, 2006
  • Interactive object picking using "View > Length", "Plot > Excel > Polyline", "File > Output Selected Grid Components > Polyline" and "File > Output Selected Surface Components > Polyline" command did not pick edges of elements, always picked corners - bug fixed.
  • Point grids were not plotted - now are plotted as 3-D spheres (as in Visualization. Point grids are created by specifying the same point 4 times for a Grid Plane, or 2 times for a Grid Line.
27 March, 2006
  • Hyperbolic backfill model gives incorrect results for thickness not equal to one - fixed for correct results for any value of thickness.
  • Hyperbolic backfill model gives tensile stresses when "Elastic only" is checked - fixed for correct results with "Elastic only".
8 March, 2006
  • Hide Toolbar - UHall modified to unhide all grids as well as blocks.
  • EXCEL would not plot from Map3D when minimized - fixed.
  • Mouse capture released after point pick while EXCEL plotting.
  • Drag Polyline out caused display rotation while EXCEL plotting - fixed.
  • EXCEL plotting set to skip blanked interiors of excavations.
  • Plot > Miscellaneous > Dgrid and Dgrid/Lgrid recalculated for each mining step.
  • Unclosed blocks occurred for more than 32768 surfaces - fixed.
  • Visualization > Make Pnt failed when Visualization > User File not open - fixed.
  • Picking routines rewritten with finer control over entities nearest front of display.
18 January, 2006
  • Plot > User > Range not updating display - fixed.
  • CAD > Build > FFLoop & DDLoop - loop complete message not displayed - fixed.
  • CAD > Build > FFLoop creates odd shapes - fixed.
  • Build toolbar closes after build - should stay open - fixed.
  • CAD > Build > Gplane > Fixed grid spacing cased Gid Inactive - fixed.
  • Disk performance test causes program crash - fixed.
  • CAD > Build > DDLoop extrude to FF not always prompting for extrusion vector - fixed.
  • Plot > Surface Components > Off - button added.
  • Excel Polyline plots extrapolated too far for small interpolation widths giving erroneous point - fixed.
  • Seismic plotting with Min versus Max reversed - fixed.
  • Contact checking failed for certain shapes - fixed.
10 January, 2006
  • Miscellaneous minor bug-fixes. regarding tangent and intersection snapping and text strings.
6 January, 2006
  • New "Visual editing" database tools.
  • Map3D Visualization routines now support OLE (Object Linking and Embedding).
  • Items such as graphics files, documents, spreadsheets etc. can be attached to Map3D Visualization points.
  • These can be activated or modified by picking with the right mouse button.
  • These can be displayed as before by picking with the left mouse button.
  • New Map3D > Help menu items:
  • Email: support@map3d.com
  • Email: Key Check to admin@map3d.com
  • Download: Map3D update
  • Miscellaneous bug-fixes relating to user interaction with dialogue boxes.
23 December, 2005
  • New interactive visual editing - CAD > Edit functions now show modified geometry interactively.
  • New CAD > Edit > Move Vertices function.
  • New CAD > Edit > Vmove Search Width function.
  • Improved Build Offset function for DD construction.
  • Bug fix to Hcl routine.
15 December, 2005
  • Refinements to closure checking routines for narrow shaped elements.
  • Further corrections to DD extrusion to FF routine.
14 December, 2005
  • Correction to DD extrusion to FF routine.
  • Hide grids in groups by name.
  • Clines saved with File > Output Screen Image function.
  • Support for 200 colours in View > Hide Colours (Hbl routine).
  • Specify plane by interactive picking normal to element in Visualization > Plane function.
13 December, 2005
  • Correction to non-OpenGL interactive graphics interface - coordinate picking fixed.
12 December, 2005
  • User defined coordinate system grid drawn at wrong location - bug fixed.
9 December, 2005
  • Bug in merge geometries fixed.
  • Crossing box entity selection refined for entities partially clipped out of view.
7 December, 2005
  • PRam bug fix.
  • Correction to intersection routines.
  • Correction for unclosed surface detection.
2 December, 2005
  • Correction for unclosed surface detection.
1 December, 2005
  • Map3D version 52 features many enhancements to solve problems and build models faster:
  • New Excel plotting routines support selected points and user defined lines.
  • New CAD > Snap > User Defined Coordinate system, Tools > Pick Box Size, Plot > Options > Topo-Contours.
  • Undo/Redo buttons on build toolbar so that complex DDLoop and FFLoop can be easily re-meshed.
  • Remove Vertex/Insert Vertex routines now supplement the Smooth function for construction lines.
  • Improved highlighting of unclosed blocks - these are now marked with a bold white outline.
  • Plot > Polygon Box supplements Average Box routine for finding average and maximum contour values.
  • CAD > Edit > Group command now merges multiple blocks into one - interior surfaces automatically deleted.
17 September, 2005
  • Corrections to intersection and closure checking routines.
13 September, 2005
  • File Save - block renumbering fixed to keep original block numbers instead of incrementing by +10.
  • DDLoop - routine fixed so it does not miss interior zones (refer to www.map3d.com/t-pillar.htm
  • Plot > User - routine now accepts UCS, phi and q as arguments.
  • Plot - Contours can now be topographically scaled to magnitude (refer to Plot > Plot Options > Topo-Contours
  • CAD - point picking bug fix - sometimes the wrong point was selected.
  • CAD - allow picking of grid lines.
  • CAD - Construction line smoothing fix.
  • Plot - internal points plotted in error - fixed.
  • Many other miscellaneous bugs fixed.
9 June, 2005
  • Bug fix for interior grid point detection.
  • Bug fix for DD element solver routines.
26 May, 2005
  • Bug fix for very large jobs.
30 April, 2005
  • Optional generatation of individual blocks in FFLoop.
  • AutoCAD LWPolyline import - additional bugs fixed.
19 April, 2005
  • Analysis > Options > P-ram - Physical memory allocation routines fixed.
  • Plot > Options > Blank - Excavation interior blanking and detection fixed.
  • AutoCAD LWPolyline import incomplete - fixed.
21 February, 2005
  • Grid discretization incomplete - fixed.
25 January, 2005
  • New tutorial examples in all help files.
  • Miscellaneous minor bug fixes.
20 January, 2005
  • DDLoop routine failed to build individual triangles - fixed.
  • Demo version failed to execute - fixed.
  • New HTML Help file format.
  • PDF Map3D Manual.
  • Electronic-book Map3D Manual.
17 January, 2005
  • Map3D Version 51.
  • Note that Windows NT4.0 and Windows 98 are not supported by this new release.
  • Space-bar to repeat last Edit or Build command.
  • Tools > Pick-box Size.
  • Tools > Shift-key Selection.
  • User defined plots include: UCS and PHI as well as F1,F2...F8 user defined material parameters.
  • DDLoop routine now supports simulataneous construction of multiple internal or external loops.
  • DDLoop routine now supports internal gridding for improved element generation.
  • New CAD > Pack and Renumber Blocks routine.
  • New Analysis > Options > Physical RAM - Allows access to large amount of RAM.
19 November, 2004
  • ERR calculations gave different values than MINSIM - fixed.
  • File > Output > Selected Grid Components gave wrong values for ERR with smoothing enabled - fixed.
  • DXF in ignored LWPolyline - fixed.
  • Analysis > Options > Accelerator filed for very large models - fixed.
30 October, 2004
  • CAD > Build > DDLoop and FFLoop routines rewritten for improved element shapes.
  • CAD > Build, Edit and Snap toolbars reorganized for improved clarity.
  • Cursor display fixed.
  • OpenGL functionality verified for Nvidia-Gforce and ATI-Radeon graphics chipsets.
27 October, 2004
  • Grid selection and block colour selection buttons - bug fixed.
  • Cursor display fixed.
  • CAD > Build > Bgrid – bug fixed.
  • Picking/Snapping - bug fixed.
15 October, 2004
  • Cursor display during Picking/Snapping - bug fixed.
  • Slow initialisation of Sentinel SuperPro fixed.
  • Construction of triangles modified for better shapes.
  • Slow display of toolbars for Mining Steps, Girds, Block colours and Cline colours fixed.
9 October, 2004
  • Picking/Snapping of seismic points - bug fixed.
  • FFLoop badly warped quadrilaterals automatically subdivided into triangles.
  • ERR calculations along DD excavation boundaries (Plot > Surface Components > ERR).
  • Normal and t-distribution probability functions now available in Plot > Stress > User.
22 July, 2004
  • Picking/Snapping unable to locate point - bug fixed.
16 July, 2004
  • DDLoop and FFLoop bug fix.
  • New Analysis > Options > RAM and Analysis > Options > Drive buttons.
5 June, 2004
  • Problems selecting Gplane - fixed.
  • Updated key drivers includes USB support.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.
18 May, 2004
  • Coordinate system conversion option for File > Open Construction Lines.