BlastMetriX UAV Release Notes

Modifications of the BlastMetriX UAV software


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BlastMetriX UAV system specifications 08/2021

BlastMetriX UAV version 4.2

BlastMetriX UAV 4.2 is a major release with the focus set on usability and design. Besides the redesigned user interface and enhanced screen representation, the software is available in dark theme design. In addition, enhancements in the calculation of volumes have been integrated.

  • New! Dark theme mode available for all software components
    Dark theme mode is selectable by the user in the settings. The new display mode comes with newly designed icons to fit the design for the original and the new dark theme.
  • New! User interfaces have been redesigned to improve the user experience and usability
  • New! 3D viewer with improved performance
    The new 3D viewer meets and exceeds the demands of large 3D models from drone imagery. It allows displaying 3D models at a higher level of detail in the surface and the photo texture without comprising performance and user interaction. It is capable to load data faster and increases the productivity of the user.
  • New! 3D navigation features to rotate the 3D model from the current point of view and to orientate the 3D model from the camera view top down
  • New! 3D navigation feature using Arrow keys for straight motion and Strg+Arrow keys for rotation
  • New! User definable background colour for the 3D viewer
  • New! Features for enabling mouse navigation in the stereo view
  • New! Improvements in the command line installation
  • New! Digital signature for individual software components for verifying the authenticity
  • Clear arrangement of manuals in the Center Window – division in General (guidelines, field procedure,…) and Components (individual software components)
SMX SurfaceTrimmer
  • New! Redesigned user interface with usability improvements
BMX BlastPlanner
  • New! Interactive colour-coded visualization of distances between individual boreholes (Interhole Distances)
  • New! CSV export of Interhole Distances
  • New! Alternative (sequential) numbering of boreholes is available
  • New! User-defined scaling of the Profiles and Minimum Burden diagram in the report (individual or uniform plot scale)
  • New! Extended generic probe import of borehole trajectories from down-the-hole probes – import accepts DTH file extension
  • Enhanced Minimum Burden diagram – visualization of sections beneath Muck Lines
  • Improved, smooth drawing of Muck Lines
BMX Inspector
  • New! PDF Report
SMX VolumeCalculator
  • Improved keyboard and mouse functions for editing the volume
SMX VolumeViewer
  • New! Setting of the unit – available units: mm3, m3, inch3, yd3

BlastMetriX UAV version 4.1

BlastMetriX UAV 4.1 is a major release, where the SMX MultiPhoto has been further improved and completely new referencing mechanism for 3D models has been integrated.

  • New! Software installer including the possibility of silent installation using the command line with appropriate setup settings
  • New! Digital signature for verifying the authenticity of the software
  • New! Enhanced CSV import functions (new import dialog) available in the SMX Referencer, SMX Normalizer, BMX BlastSiteGenerator and BMX BlastPlanner
  • Re-organized dialog for the general software settings
  • Enhanced HTML manuals (paragraph numbering)
  • PDF versions of the manuals available directly in the software
SMX MultiPhoto
  • New! Referencing Single Point Mode: This mode transfers the 3D model to a user defined co-ordinate by a single externally surveyed point
  • New! Referencing Sample Mode: This mode scales the 3D model in a local co-ordinate system (especially suitable in underground environment)
  • New! CSV Import of Ground Control Points in latitude, longitude and altitude
  • New! OBJ and Geo-Tiff export of the 3D model
  • Improved error analysis and warnings
  • Enhanced CSV import functions for Ground Control Points
  • “Behind the scenes”: Improvements in the 3D model generation
SMX VolumeCalculator
  • New! Automatically generated report
  • New! CSV export of volumes
  • New! Mass calculation by editable density
BMX BlastPlanner
  • Re-designed and extended BlastPlanner report
  • Re-organized, clearly arranged user interface for the drill pattern generation
  • Improved automatic and optimised placement of boreholes (Minimum Burden Mode)
  • Improved error analysis and warnings

BlastMetriX UAV version 4.0.2

This is a service release which includes the features outlined below.

SMX MultiPhoto
  • New! Support of the BAAM Tech PPK drone equipment
SMX SurfaceTrimmer
  • Backward compatibility of 3D models (new feature “Export 3D model as jm3 v3.0”)
BMX BlastPlanner
  • New! Display of the altitude at the borehole collar and of the floor level in the minimum burden diagram
  • New! User adjustable colour scheme for the visualization of the burden situation on the 3D model

BlastMetriX UAV version 4.0

This is a major release. The MultiPhoto component has been again revamped and improved and we integrated the referencing mechanism directly into the component. This

SMX MultiPhoto
  • New! Complete new referencing mechanism for 3D models including enhanced possibilities and instant quality feedback (replaces the use of the SMX Referencer component)
  • New! GCP constrained optimizations and referencing of 3D models
  • New! Import of GPS co-ordinates from an (ASCII) TXT file
  • New! Automatic generation of a quality report for the reconstruction (PDF)
  • New! Automatic generation of ortho-photos (PNG)
BMX BlastSiteGenerator3D
  • Improved error analysis and warnings
SMX VolumeCalculator
  • Feature enhancement in the Heap Mode – One Model (formerly Heap Mode -Reference Plane)
    • automatic positioning of bounding planes for individual heap volumes
    • boundary planes are user adjustable
  • New! Re-designed user interface
  • New! Minimum Burden mode (beta version) for automatic optimised placement of boreholes
  • New! Exportable plan views of distances between adjacent boreholes at various depths (inter-hole distances)
  • New! Move boreholes positions in respect to the profile plane
  • New! Lock subdrilling for the drill pattern, individual rows or single boreholes
  • New! Display of the reconstruction report of 3D models generated by SMX MultiPhoto v4.0
  • New! Feature: Import designed drill pattern from CSV
  • New! CSV export for minimum burden distances
  • Improved volume to blast calculation by defining the first borehole to blast
  • Improvement in the plan view (display of inclination, azimuth and lengths; multiple selection of boreholes)
  • Improved report options (adjustable page and font sizes, information of borehole lengths and inclination)
  • Improved error analysis and warnings


BlastMetriX UAV version 3.0.2

The software update includes:

  • Improvement of surface meshing (avoid accidentially formed micro gaps in the surface mesh that have been present under some circumstances)

BlastMetriX UAV version 3.0

Improvements and new features in General, SurfaceTrimmer, and BlastPlanner are equal to BlastMetriX 3D and can be found in the corresponding release notes.

The MultiPhoto component has been extremely improved again. It computes better models with higher accuracy and it is faster than previous versions.

  • Higher quality of 3D models in terms of surface point localization and coverage of data
  • Faster computation
  • Support of standard machines without special graphics hardware; for faster computation still NVidia © graphics cards recommended
  • New matching strategy for “fast” reconstruction leading to denser models at the same computing time
  • “Normal” density matching delivers much more points at the same computation time
  • More information on loaded image data such as camera type or GPS information
  • Automatic support of GPS information if available
  • New live display during coarse model generation; it shows the actually found camera locations in a live 3D view while adding new cameras
  • A custom set of loaded images can be selected/deselected for the reconstruction process
  • Changing the project name also changes the name of the 3D model accordingly
  • Region of interest supports straight lines as well as arbitrary shapes
  • Several new cameras added to camera data base


BlastSiteGenerator 3D
  • The combination of aerial and terrestrial 3D images better detects redundant points


BlastMetriX UAV version 2.1

  • Higher quality of 3D image reconstruction.
  • New! Automatic continuation of reconstruction (dense reconstruction is automatically launched after coarse reconstruction after a user-defined time).
  • New! Three different reconstruction modes (Fast, Normal, High).
  • New! User-defined limit of generated points for the final reconstruction.
  • New! User-defined stereo set-ups can be added to an existing 3D reconstruction.
  • New! 3D model view for a better localization of the reference images.
BoreholeFinder New Software Component!
  • Defines and edits borehole collar positions on reconstructed 3D images; collars can be directly loaded into BlastPlanner.
  • Reference points are saved in the correct subimage and are shown again after loading.
    Note: Reference points from previous versions are no longer imported.
  • BlastMetriX 3D is released with 64-bit applications only.
  • A dongle update is required (for most users) before installing BMX 4.1 in order to apply all new functions to the software.
  • Drastic improvement of 3D mesh generation.
  • Better handling of operations that require administrator privileges (e.g. installation of license or calibration data)
  • Multiple calibration files can be installed and removed at once.
  • New! Multiple connected dongles are supported.
  • New! Option to set the displayed texture resolution for the 3D viewer.
  • New!  Backup/restore functionality for license data.
  • New! ‘Clean up’ button for removing temporary data (only if 3GSM cache directories are found).
  • More feedback during trimming.
  • The description of the Blast Site can be edited directly from the printing/exporting dialog.
  • The set borehole inclination is saved.
  • Even rows in staggered drill patterns (row shift bigger than 0) no longer extend beyond the width of the first row.
  • Azimuth of boreholes is displayed as 0-360° (older versions: -180; +180°).
  • New! Importing borehole rows from “.csv” files allows to add boreholes to the existing drill pattern (previous versions: an existing drill pattern was exclusively replaced).
  • New! Rows can be added to an existing drill pattern.
  • New in BlastMetriX UAV v4.2 - Dark theme mode
  • New in BlastMetriX UAV version 4.1: Automatically generated VolumeCalculator Report
  • New in version 4.0.2: User adjustable colour scheme for the visualization of the burden situation on the 3D model
  • New in BMX UAV v4.0: GCP point definition in 3D