After three hectic days at the Bricsys conference, I am in Croatia now at the invitation of Kamen d.d in Pazin. They are users of our GeoTools and CADPower software for more than 7 years and I am going to explore opportunities in the 3 days, understand their work and build specialized software for them for dimensional stone cutting, estimation and other geological CAD operations.
The air connections from Frankfurt to Pazin are not the best. I spent a good part of the day yesterday in the plane hopping through three airports (Zadar, Zagreb and Pula) before finally arriving in Pazin after a 6-hour journey that covered just 900 kms (of course, there was a better connection if I was willing to spend 250% more for the ticket, but it was not worth the difference). This gave me an opportunity to get some stunning pictures of this becautiful country from the air.
What I like about small towns and airports is that you walk in and out in 5 minutes, travel in small turboprops. In one leg of the flight, we had just 5 passengers in the flight. This is the Bombardier X400 - Dash 8 that took me on several short hops of 25 minutes each.
Arriving in Pazin, we got down straight to work and drove to a limestone quarry to see the mining operations.
It is important to see them all on the ground before you can try and understand the 2d and 3d polylines, contours and cross-sections that represent the ground realitiies.
The mined stones are cut to size using giant cutters employing chainsaws (like the one you see below).
Driving through the rough terrains of the mines is an experience similar to the Dubai Desert Sarari. Next, we headed to an underground mine where similar operations happens inside a tunnel/cave cut through the mountains. The Nissan X-Trail we went in had to wade through 6 inches of dust that had accumulated everywhere because of the cutting operations.
And this is what happened to my shoes at the end of the trip:
And finally, a picture in front of St. Barbara, the patron saint and protector of miners.
I have already written about the interesing parts of this visit. The next two days will be spent poring over CAD files, geological procedures and stuff like that.
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