Viewing the Drilling State of the Blast

Having imported and opened a BML file, you can view the drilling state of the blast graphically or in tabular form, and then enter dipping data for the blastholes.

The graphical view gives you an overhead plan of the holes (colour-coded according to their state) and the table view presents the data in a tabular form which can be filtered in various ways.


To view the drilling state and enter dipping data, tap DIP.


Note: On this screen, the Close button dpa.png on the toolbar will close the currently open blast.

The graphical view of the blast is shown by default. If you prefer the table view to be the default, change the setting on the Preferences tab of the General Options screen. The Options screen can be reached from Menu / Options.

From either the graphical or tabular view, you can:

  • Enter dipping data for a single hole
  • Enter dipping data for holes on the dipping path (if a path has been set)
  • Scan barcodes and assign them to a hole
  • Switch to the other view
  • Access various other features and tools.

On the graphical view only, you can also set or modify the dipping path, add new holes to the blast, and reset the dipping data for some or all holes in the blast.

On the table view, you can apply different filters to the list of holes to change the way it is sorted.


Graphical View

Use the stylus or your finger to drag the blast plan around the screen.

Each blasthole is shown as a circle (diameter not to scale) which can be coloured to represent the blasthole's state. The circle diameter can be changed - see below.

If you tap on a hole, the dipping data entry screen will be displayed. This lets you enter hole condition measurements for the hole and perform barcode scanning operations.

If you hold down on a hole, you will see a popup menu which contains shortcuts to some of the menu options on the main menu.

Under the main menu there are options which let you:

  • Enter dipping data for holes on the dipping path
  • Add individual holes to the blast
  • Create a dipping path that includes all holes in the blast, or only the currently visible hole states or types
  • Mark a hole as 'not drilled', which sets its actual depth to zero
  • Reset (delete) all dipping data for the selected hole, holes on the dipping path, or all holes in the blast
  • View and delete individual entries from the measurement history (or 'dipping log') of various blasthole properties
  • Switch to the table view of the blast
  • Show only those holes that contain one or more scanned barcodes
  • Access the sketch pad
  • Change DIPPlus's options


The toolbar buttons at the bottom of the screen will perform the following actions:

dpb.png Zoom in to the blast
dpc.png Zoom out from the blast
dpd.png Show hole labels on the blast
dpe.png Show the colour and hole type selector (see below)
dpf.png Enable editing of the dipping path
dpg.png Cut the selected hole from the dipping path *
dph.png Clear the dipping path *
dpi.png Undo the last change to the dipping path *
dpj.png Redo the last undone change to the dipping path *
dpk.png Return to the previous screen

* These buttons are visible only when the dipping path is being edited.

The colour selector lets you choose which blastholes are shown on the plan and which are hidden, and how they are coloured. The selector is divided into two pages. You can change pages by swiping left or right from one page to the other, or by tapping the page number buttons at the bottom of each page.

dp4.png dp9.png

On page 1 you can choose how the holes are coloured and whether a hole is shown on the pan if it matches (or does not match) a particular state. There are three colour schemes:

  • Colour the holes according to their depth and wet/dry state
  • Colour the holes according to their temperature state
  • Colour the holes according to their barcode scanning state.

Within each scheme, the checkbox next to each state indicates whether a hole that is in that state will be shown on the plan. For example, to show only holes that require backfilling, untick ever state except 'Backfill required'. To show only warm and hot holes, choose the Temperature colour scheme and untick all states except 'Warm' and 'Hot'.

On page 2 f the colour selector you can choose which hole types are shown on the plan. Tick the hole types you wish to see. Tapping on the name of a hole type will display the properties associated with that hole type, such as redrill and backfill tolerances (see below).

If any hole in the blast is not shown because of the choices made on the colour selector, the message 'SOME HOLES HIDDEN' will be displayed in the bottom left corner of the blast plan.

Note: The default redrill/backfill tolerances are set in SHOTPlus under Edit / Design data and cannot be changed in DIPPlus. To alter these tolerances, set new values in SHOTPlus and then merge/re-import the information into DIPPlus.

The temperature thresholds and colours can be changed in SHOTPlus, under Edit / Blast Properties / Hole States.


Hole Type Properties

On the hole type selector page (page 2), if you tap on a hole type you will see a popup window containing the properties of that hole tpe. These include the redrill and backfill tolerances, and a checkbox which determines whether a backfill deck should be inserted (if required) when applying loading rules to holes of this type.

Note: In order for backfill to be used when applying loading rules, the global backfill setting must also be enabled. This is set on the Blast Properties screen, under the Backfill tab.



Changing Label Font or Circle Size

Tap on the label font size button dpl.png or hole size button dpm.png to show or hide the slider controls.

Move the sliders to change the size of the font used for the blasthole labels or circles. Shrinking the circles is useful if you need to separate closely spaced blastholes on the diagram.

dp6.png  dp7.png

This feature is purely for ease of visualisation. The size of the circles is unrelated to the actual blasthole diameter. 

To hide the slider controls, tap on either button again or wait for a few seconds.

To show or hide the buttons themselves, tick or untick the Hole Size Buttons option under the View menu.


Table View

To get to the table view from the graphical view, choose Menu / View / Table View.


The table view shows the status of the blastholes according to the currently selected filter. Choose the filter from the drop-down list at the top of the screen.

Blastholes that meet the criteria associates with the filter are shown in black text at the top of the table. The remaining holes in the blast are shown in gray text at the bottom of the table.

Many of the graphical view's menu options are also available in the table view.

There is also a popup menu which appears if you hold the stylus or your finger down on a row in the table. The popup menu contains shortcuts to some of the main menu options.

Tap the green tick button dpn.png on the toolbar to return to the previous screen.

The information displayed in the table depends on which filter is currently selected:


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