BlastMetriX 3D Release notes

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BlastMetriX 3D system specifications 2021

BlastMetriX 3D version 4.8.2

BlastMetriX 3D 4.8.2 is a service release providing following enhancements:

  • Multiple improvements of data processing and user interaction
  • Improvements for using multiple displays and high-resolution displays


BlastMetriX 3D version 4.8

BlastMetriX 3D 4.8 is a major release which offers new and enhanced import and export possibilities. Moreover, it includes a new implemented analysis for the assessment of the rock mass quality directly from “Measure-While-Drilling” records. In combination with the import of geological data from the JMX Analyst, it enables new and innovative possibilities for an overall assessment of rock mass properties in blasting.

BMX BlastSiteGenerator3D
  • New! DXF export of the crest and toe line of the blast site
  • New! Import of delimiter positions of the blast site from a text file


BMX BlastPlanner
  • New! Integrated rock mass quality analysis from drill monitoring data (MWD) visualized in individual plots for each borehole as well as with a colour overlay in the 3D viewer
  • New! Adjustment of the discontinuity mapping (ShapeMetriX import) directly in the software
  • New! User configurable export of the drill pattern according to the IREDES standard
  • Import and export of georeferenced delimiters to ease final wall design and pattern adjustments
  • Improvements for editing the Top Level Surface of the blast site by a multiple selection of 3D points in the 3D viewer
  • Improved user interface of the  measure while drilling plot enhances the usability and the user experience
  • Enhanced CSV export for profiles and minimum burden data
  • Layout improvements in the PDF report
BMX Inspector
  • New! Calculation of the blast site volume

BlastMetriX 3D version 4.7

BlastMetriX 3D 4.7 is a major release focussing on visualisation and analysis of borehole survey data. The new features allow the localization of boreholes deviating from a regular drill pattern and highlight boreholes showing peculiarities in “Measure-While-Drilling” recording. With the new import tool of geologic mapping data from the JMX Analyst, the BMX BlastPlanner combines blast planning and design with geological assessment of the rock mass and closes the gap between geology and blasting.

  • 3D navigation features using arrow key for a continuous zoom in the viewer
  • Extended configuration for velocity, acceleration, pressure, force, flow, power and rotational speed in the central window settings
  • Checkboxes for the visibility of 3D models in the viewer available in all software components
BMX BlastPlanner
  • New! Analysis and colour-coded visualisation of distances between individual boreholes and rows at specific user defined heights in a plan view
  • New! Visualisation of deviations in the drill pattern in a “Heat Map”
  • New! Customized import of borehole survey data according to the IREDES standard
  • New! Import and visualisation of measure while drilling (MWD) data
  • New! Deviation analysis of measure while drilling data and highlighting of peculiarities and associated boreholes in the software
  • New! Import of mapped discontinuities in the JMX Analyst and visualisation of intersections with boreholes in the minimum burden diagram
  • Keyboard shortcut “M” for drawing mucklines
  • Advanced report including MWD plots
  • Specification of the drill pattern´s total area in the interhole distances dialog
BMX Inspector
  • New! Analysis and colour-coded visualisation of distances between individual boreholes and rows at specific user defined heights in a plan view
  • New! Visualisation of deviations in the drill pattern in a “Heat Map”
  • New! Visualisation of measure while drilling (MWD) data
  • New! Deviation analysis of measure while drilling data and highlighting of peculiarities and associated boreholes in the software
  • New! Visualisation of mapped discontinuities in the JMX Analyst and visualisation of intersections with boreholes in the minimum burden diagram
  • Specification of the drill pattern´s total area in the interhole distances dialog

BlastMetriX 3D version 4.6

BlastMetriX 3D 4.6 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, the BMX BlastPlanner has been extended with additional user-friendly features which are tailored to the increasing number of customer´s requirements. BlastMetriX 3D 4.6 increases the flexibility of the software and stand out with its clear design.

  • 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

BlastMetriX 3D version 4.5

BlastMetriX 3D 4.5 is a major release. Besides a completely new software installer with advanced setup settings, it includes the re-design and re-organization of numerous dialog boxes. This makes BlastMetriX 3D even more streamlined and efficient.

  • 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


BMX BlastSiteGenerator
  • New! Geo-referencing of the 3D model directly in the software


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 3D version 4.4.2

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

SMX SurfaceTrimmer
  • Backward compatibility of 3D models (new feature “Export 3D model as jm3 v3.0”)
  • 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 3D version 4.4

BlastMetriX 3D 4.4 is a major release. It covers several new features most notably the automatic placement of boreholes or the inter-hole distances between boreholes at various depths.

  • 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 3D version 4.3.2

The software update includes:

  • Import of the new Carlson rhd probe file format

BlastMetriX 3D version 4.3

Version 4.3 includes a major refactoring of the MultiPhoto component alongside with feature updates of all other software components. Noticeable changes are listed below but there is tremendously more that happened behind the scenes.

  • More possibilities to change units (length, mass, density); distinguish between short ton and long ton as well as International foot and US survey foot
  • Option to skip license installation during initial installation of a package
  • New! Support of dongle through remote network connection (for demo versions)
  • New HTML help


  • Invert selection feature
  • Extended options for defining a reference plane


  • Improved volume to blast calculation
  • New! Volume per borehole now available; works also for generalised patterns, inclined boreholes, or those that have been surveyed down-the-hole
  • Iredes import/export uses current user unit (does not apply to AtlasCopco/Epiroc export)
  • Boretrak import: Fix for missing headers; add optional shotline azimuth and face number tags
  • New! Introduction of the new “generic probe data” feature; it allows to import down-the-hole probe information from a text file (format JSON)
  • The PDF report received several enhancements including custom logos

BlastMetriX 3D version 4.1

  • 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.


  • Target heights can be edited before generating and saving the blast site.


  • 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.

BlastMetriX 3D version 4.0

Major changes are:

  • Everything has been reshaped in order to work with the new Multiphoto approach. The BlastMetriX 3D system now supports unordered overlapping photos and combines them to an consistent accurate 3D model.
  • Note that the new software component BMX Multiphoto is available as add-on to existing BlastMetriX 3D systems.
  • The Multiphoto component can deal with aerial imagery such as from drones.
  • The new component requires a 64 bit system and a NVidia graphics card in order to expand its full capabilities.

BMX BlastPlanner
  • User definable floor level available
  • TLS markers / collars now selectable in 3D view
  • Performance improvement for the handling of large blast sites (several hundred shotholes)
  • Rock density value now persistent
  • Crash fix when moving the border plane

BMX BlastSiteGenerator
  • The geo-referenced tag of 3D model can be removed on loading.

BMX VolumeCalculator  – NEW
  • New component for computing volumes
  • Volumes determinable either between two different 3D models or between single 3D model and ground surface
  • Available as add-on to existing BlastMetriX 3D systems


BlastMetriX 3D version 3.10

Major changes are:

  • Extension of capability by three additional 3D images in BMX ModelMerger
    Note, this may require a 64 bit version of software and operating system
BMX BlastPlanner
  • User-definable face area added
    The user is able to define the main face area manually. This is an important feature for uneven faces (corners, curved faces, etc.)
  • Toggling of dimension plots  in 2D view
    Dimensions in the plan view can now enabled or disabled individually, in groups, by rows, or by drill pattern by clicking the new icon in the borehole list (Drill Pattern tab)
  • User-definable muck lines for highlighting muck
    The user is able to define the border between bench face and muck pile manually using the muck line. The muck line is taken into account for calculating volumes as well as burden information & profiles
  • User specific CSV export of boreholes by collar and toe
  • Bug fix in report: large tables over one page lost a line
  • Bug fix: “Entitle Blastsite” caused problems with imported (surveyed) boreholes
  • Enhancement: extension of import functionality of borehole probes – takes now new Renishaw header and optional date tag
BMX BlastSiteGenerator
  • LOD (level of detail) meshes are now generated before saving the .jm3 file
    This speeds up later handling of 3D images especially for many merges
  • Support of the face area (see BMX BlastPlanner)
  • Support of muck lines

BlastMetriX 3D version 3.9

Major changes are:

  • Performance improvements
  • Support of Russian language
BMX BlastPlanner
  • Zooming & Panning of the plan view (2D view) in order to improve visibility for vast blast sites
  • Enhancements for the import of file formats for Boretrak probes

BlastMetriX 3D version 3.8

The most prominent extension within version 3.8 is the new analytical calculation of expected blast volumes. It delivers reasonable results for virtually any arbitrary complex blast sites. The algorithm accounts for one or several arbitrarily shaped free faces or deviated boreholes. The resulting volumetric body represents a reproducible geometric description

Major changes are:

BMX BlastPlanner
  • New widget for accessing drill pattern, general geometry of the blast site, and volume
  • Introduction of (logical) rows for managing larger blast sites
  • Refactoring of menu and toolbar
  • Values in the general table are now directly editable
  • Refactoring of minimum (real) burden and profile plot
  • New colour scheme for collar points, top level surface points, and imported GPS points
CSV Export
  • Inclusion of row identifiers
  • Inclusion of volume and mass
  • Boreholes sorted according to rows
  • Inclusion of expected blast volume and according mass
  • Blast site dimensions are available row by row for improving readability
BMX BlastSiteGenerator
  • Refactoring of menu and toolbar
  • On selection of a particular point switches to the according sub-image
  • New colour scheme for collar points and top level surface points
  • Geo-referenced 3D images don’t need any range pole
  • Refactored dialog for generating and saving of blast sites

BlastMetriX 3D version 3.7

Version 3.7 primarily is a service release including many changes/improvements within the areas user interface, memory management, and data representation.

Major changes are:

General issues:
  • Improved memory management (e.g. minimizing the memory requirements for displaying very large 3D images)
  • Improvement within the 3D surface triangulation
  • Undo/Redo mechanism for the management of control points
  • Adjustable density of 3D measurement points
BMX BlastSiteGenerator
  • New top level surface element: Collar point
  • Revamped confirmation window
BMX BlastPlanner
  • Later transformation of blast sites into a geo-referenced co-ordinate frame
  • Supplemental information within 2D profile plots
  • Export to ShotPlus 5 Premier
  • Support of surveyed collar points
  • De- and reactivation of markers and/or imported data in the top level surface
  • Offset values in ft when importing Boretrak data
  • Amendments for the interactive import of Pulsar data
  • Support of top level surface markers now in ft

BlastMetriX version 3.6

The major issue in this release is that now it becomes possible to survey even more complex blast sites and model irregular crests without requiring additional equipment such as GPS. A new type of marking elements has been introduced (top level surface markers) with its application smoothly fitting into the BlastMetriX3D procedure.

Major changes are:

  • System is able to survey uneven crests without needing any additional instrument such as GPS
  • New marker element: top level surface marker
BMX BlastSiteGenerator
  • Introduction of top level surface points for defining an irregular top level surface
  • Support of top level surface markers, i.e. add, delete, edit
  • Modelling of irregular top level surfaces using image measurements
BMX BlastPlanner
  • Visualisation of irregular top level surfaces in 3D
  • Editing of top level surfaces in 3D
  • Import of surveyed top level surface points (e.g. borehole collars measured by GPS)
  • Adjustment of irregular top level surfaces to a drilled borehole pattern
  • Improvements in profile and minimum burden views accounting for irregular top level surfaces
  • Enhancement in the printed report (PDF)
BMX SurfaceTrimmer
  • Minor bug fixes

BlastMetriX 3D version 3.5

Planning of blasts and rock mass characterisation at the same time!

Major changes are:

  • System supports the combination of several photos into a single 3D model, i.e. long bench faces orcorners are more conveniently surveyed
  • Compatibility to Windows 7
  • New system configurations: Express and Suprem
BMX BlastSiteGenerator


  • Support of merged 3D images
  • Easy switching between 3D subimages
BMX BlastPlanner
  • Support of merged 3D images
  • Redesigned graphical user interface with dock views enables free configuration and allows for a simultaneous display of profiles, minimum burden diagrams and plan view / 3D image in a clear layout.
  • Interactive import of down-the-hole probe data w/o GPS need
BMX SurfaceTrimmer
  • New visualisation options
  • Easy switching between 3D subimages

BlastMetriX 3D version 3.0

3D image generation:
  • Internal refactoring of 3D image generation routines
  • Increased support of multi-core processors
  • Refactored image processing leading to even increased reconstruction accuracies
  • Enhanced feedback on reconstruction quality
3D image assessment:
  • Increased flexibility of planning the blast site
  • Choosable unit system (meter, feet, inches)
  • Live switchover between reduced and full set of 3D points
  • Bounding box including overall dimensions
  • Boretrak data import
  • Improved GPS data support (e.g. for borehole collars)

BlastMetriX 3D version 2.1

Essential modifications in version 2.1:

  • More flexibility in changing the drill pattern such as
    o Combined plot showing a plan view and individual profiles simultaneously
    o Multiple selection of boreholes
    o Common change of borehole attributes such as inclination, azimuth or position
  • Introduction of north direction by compass reading
  • Output of critical depth i.e. the borehole depth showing the absolute minimum burden
  • Import of borehole deviation surveying probe (Pulsar, Boretrak following)
  • Enhanced import of borehole data (CSV)
  • Speed improvements (using capabilities of DualCore processors)


BlastMetriX 3D version 2.0

Essential modifications in version 2.0:

  • The system now uses four marking elements (two so-called delimiters marking the top level of the bench face and a reference line as well as two range poles marking the bottom level and providing scale).
  • Introducing the minimum burden diagram showing the minimum distance between borehole and free surface in any direction.
  • Colour-coded visualisation of burden over the whole bench face area easing the identification of problematic areas.
  • Free definition of borehole line in relation to the reference line defined by the location of the delimiters.
  • Free definition of borehole positions by co-ordinates related to the reference line.
  • Lateral movement of boreholes.
  • Sectional area between borehole and free surface
  • Extended information within printed report.
  • New in BlastMetriX 3D version 4.8: Result of rock mass quality analysis from drill monitoring data (MWD) visualized in the 3D viewer
  • New in BlastMetriX 3D version 4.8: Diagram display of „Measure-While-Drilling“-analysis for single boreholes
  • New in BlastMetriX 3D version 4.7
  • New in version 4.6 - Dark theme mode
  • New in version 4.4.2: User adjustable colour scheme for the visualization of the burden situation on the 3D model
  • BMX v4.4: New function: automatic optimised placement of boreholes and distances between adjacent boreholes at various depths
  • BMX version 4.3: Corner blast with volumetric blocks per boreholes (in blue)
  • BMX version 4.0: 3D Model from aerial imagery with designed blast site (estimated bank volume)
  • BMX version 4.0: 3D Model from aerial imagery with designed blast site (real burden over the entire area)
  • BMX version 4.0: Heap volume
  • New in BMX version 3.10
  • New in BMX version 3.10
  • New in BMX version 3.8