The design of stope ring rounds is both difficult to optimise and time consuming. AECI Mining Explosives developed the Ring software to assist its blasting engineers with the design and optimisation of stope ring layouts in mining and civil applications. The package, which grew through years of experience and learning, contains unique design features.

A powerful feature of the software is the ability to examine what-if situations by easily changing blasting parameters such as hole size, explosive type, initiating system type, etc. to see the effect on the total rock breaking costs. This is an extremely powerful tool to evaluate ways to reduce costs.

Using this software the blasting engineer can rapidly:

  • Develop an appreciation for the finer points of design
  • Define the perimeter of the ring to be blasted
  • Optimise the number and position of the blast holes
  • Address the charging of the blast holes
  • Assign timing delays to each hole
  • Obtain the efficiencies and costs of the design
  • Estimate fragmentation
  • Understand damage extents
  • Visualise hole interactions with animation

The outputs include:

  • Tabular printouts of hole design parameters
  • Analysis of blasting efficiencies including:
    • Powder factors
    • Volumes and tonnages blasted
    • Explosives consumption
    • Drilling requirements
    • Initiating system requirements
    • Mean fragmentation estimates
  • XYZ co-ordinates for automated drilling equipment
  • Blast cost details and summary reports

Direct Data Import

This tool allow the user to import the co-ordinates of the desired profile /outline directly from an external source such as a CAD or Mine plan software suite, the requirement of the point co-ordinates are that they are comma separated and contain three values for the X,Y & Z values. Should the ring be vertical the Z values will be zero.

What is Ring Software

The Ring software follows a logical sequence when designing a ring layout. The process steps for most designs will be as follows:

The Design Wizard guides you through all the steps in order to complete the design and simplify the complete design process.



The User can run numerous reports in order to confirm or determine whether the design is at its most optimum. You can even compare different designs to each other to enable more informed decisions.

  • Design summary report
  • Hole Parameters Report
  • Drilling Summary Report
  • Explosives Consumption Report
  • Initiation and Extras Summary Report
  • Design Comparison Report

Key Features:

  • Data based
  • Simplified design process
  • Reporting
  • Timing feature
  • Costing functions
  • Simulation Firing
  • Tabular co-ordinate import
  • Customizable explosive distribution
  • Directly compatible with AECI Mining Explosives's Tie-Up Software

System requirements:

Minimum system requirements

Recommended system requirements