1.0 PolyMap INTRODUCTION

PolyMap is a powerful, interactive, graphical geologic modeling and pit planning system designed to enhance the useability of MicroMODEL. Like MicroMODEL, the system was originally written by a team of experts who have considerable experience in computer modeling and mine planning on a wide variety of mineral deposits. The result is a versatile and easy to use package offering interactive graphical geologic input capabilities, geologic display, and interactive open pit design and display.

PolyMap consists of a series of modules which are menu-driven. Each module contains several related programs. The user drives the system by interactively choosing a module and/or sub-module and then choosing the program he wishes to run. Each program is run interactively, with default responses initially displayed to aid the user. If the user changes the default response, the modified response will appear the next time the program is invoked. Each program can store a multiple number of input responses (answer sets). To further enhance the system, each user response is checked for data range errors based upon user-set limits, logical errors, and character type (real, integer, etc.). The system also includes on-line HELP for every prompt to aid the user in choosing the correct response. These features largely reduce the possibility of "User Error" and the need for continually consulting the user guide.

1.1 PolyMap Modules

PolyMap's main menu divides the system into four logical groupings of programs. It consists of the following modules or components:

1.2 Use of the User Guide and Documentation

The User Guide and Documentation is divided into two volumes. Volume I contains the Introduction, Overview, General System Conventions and Instructions, and Glossary of PolyMap terminology. Volume II contains information specific to each program which will assist the user during execution of the PolyMap programs. Volume II also includes information on file nomenclature and organization, to serve as a technical reference for advanced users.

Volumes I and II are intended to serve as a quick reference for PolyMap users. For convenience, the User Guide and Documentation sections and tables have been numbered to correspond with PolyMap's modules and menu choices whenever possible.

It is recommended that the user study the User Guide, Volume I, to gain an understanding of PolyMap's methods and procedures. An overall understanding of PolyMap will enable the user to anticipate the implications of his modelling procedures and effectively utilize PolyMap's features. While Volume I is to be read as a whole, Volume II is designed as a reference, to answer specific questions.

1.3 System Requirements

PolyMap will run on any Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT PC. The system requirements are: