3D Data Exchange Report

The Data Exchange for Mine Software project group (Data Access and Usage Working Group) identified the need for a shared open format for 3D data within the mining industry, to allow users to easily move clean and accurate 3D information between applications.

The purpose of the interviews was to determine whether there are common issues in the mining industry in moving data between various 3D mining applications. Interviews included discussion of users’ tool use and workflows, to begin identification of current “pain points” and identify common frustrations in the existing framework. The interviews are intended to support unbiased evaluation of how the current state of interoperability affects users, and help to determine the type and degree of improved interoperability which would make the greatest difference to their work.

This report led to the development of the first version of the Open Mining Format (OMF).