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Maptek Pty Ltd
Founded Sydney, Australia (1981 K. Robert Johnson & Associates)
Headquarters Adelaide, Australia
Key people
Dr Bob Johnson (Retired), Peter Johnson (CEO)
Products 3D geological modelling & mine planning software; mine design and scheduling software; 3D laser imaging hardware & software; mine production information monitoring; fleet management

Maptek provides 3D modelling, spatial analysis and design technology to the global mining industry with 3 products; Vulcan, I-Site and MineSuite.

Founded in 1981 as K. Robert Johnson and Associates, the company operated as KRJA systems for 10 years before changing its name to Maptek in 1992.

Dr Bob Johnson graduated in 1969 from the University of NSW as a geologist, and completed his doctorate in 1972. Since 1976 he has pursued a commercial career using computers for mining. Dr Johnson is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and a Member of the American Society of Mining Engineers.


Vulcan: The first generation was released in 1984 under a Fortran platform. Vulcan is a general mine planning software package that provides 3D modular software visualisation for geological modelling and mine planning. It is used by mining engineers, geologists and mine surveyors. Applications include 3D geological mapping and modelling, mine design, mine planning, geotechnical analysis, mine scheduling and optimisation, mine rehabilitation. Every ten years it has been completely re-written to ensure that new techniques and algorithms are exploited in the software to ensure a modern vibrant mine planning system is maintained. The current version was created in about 2005 is written in C and C++. Already the architectural framework and new interfaces are being developed for the next major generation.[1]

Vulcan releases:

  • 1994 – Vulcan 3.0
  • 1996 – Vulcan 3.2
  • 1997 – Vulcan for Windows
  • 1998 – Vulcan 3.3
  • 2002 – Vulcan 4
  • 2003 – Vulcan 4.5
  • 2004 – Vulcan 5
  • 2005 – Vulcan 6
  • 2007 – Vulcan 7
  • 2008 – Vulcan 7.5
  • 2009 – Vulcan 8[2]
  • 2014 - Vulcan 9[3]

I-Site: Laser scanning technology includes hardware and software (I-Site Studio). It is used primarily for surveying large geographical areas. Laser scanning has become an accepted and common technique for obtaining precise measurements and 3D visualisation of large scenes. I-Site technology has applications in mining,[4] archaeology and heritage, engineering and architecture, emergency services and defense.[5]

I-Site scanners weigh 14 kg (including battery) and incorporate an inbuilt telescope, handheld tablet for operating the scanner and I-Site Studio software.

In February 2009 Leica Geosystems’ Spatial Solutions Division, selected Maptek to supply laser scanners and software to be sold under the Leica Geosystems brand.[6]

I-Site laser scanners:

  • 2004 - I-Site 4400 laser scanner
  • 2006 - I-Site 4400LR laser scanner (long range)[7]
  • 2007 - I-Site 4400CR laser scanner (close range)
  • 2010 - I-Site 8800 laser scanner[8]
  • 2011 - I-Site 8400 laser scanner[9]
  • 2012 - I-Site 8810 laser scanner[10]
  • 2013 - I-Site 8200 laser scanner[11]
  • 2014 - I-Site 8820 laser scanner[12]

MineSuite: Released in 2001, MineSuite is a fleet management, production and reporting package developed for the global mining industry. Its hardware and software systems provide electronic monitoring, control and information technology services for mining and heavy industry. MineSuite collects and reports data from the real-time monitoring of production systems and equipment in open pit and underground mines, processing and production plants. The MineSuite system is now sold by MINLOG (a specialist company 50% owned by Maptek.[13]


Maptek has 5 offices in Australia – Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney – and international distributors in Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Distrito Federal (Mexico), Denver (USA), Calgary (Canada), Edinburgh (UK), Johannesburg (RSA), Lima (Peru) and Viña del Mar (Chile).[14]


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