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Installing Maptek Vulcan

was recently assigned a new computer at work. It’s a nice machine but I’m frustrated about moving all my settings and programs from the old computer to the new one. I will, inevitably, forget something important and be upset that I did not notice the omission until after the old machine has been reformatted.

As I was installing programs on the new machine, I realized that I haven’t posted anything about the installation procedures for Vulcan. This was on my original list of important posts. I don’t know how it has gone overlooked for so long.

There are installation instructions included with the Vulcan CD but if you can interpret those instructions you probably didn’t need them in the first place. For the rest of the Vulcan users please find this list of installation steps, complete with screen shots to help you along the way.

Open the disc drive and double click ‘autorun.exe.’ There is a file that is supposed to automatically start the installation process, but most corporate networks have enough security measures in place that this doesn’t usually work.

If you get the ‘Open File – Security Warning’ panel to pop up just select ‘Run.’ This is a Windows panel, warning you about the dangers of installing software of unknown origin.

Security Warning

The next panel is the ‘autorun’ panel from Maptek Vulcan with its fly-in option list. The list of options are as follows:

  • Install Vulcan 32-bit: this is the traditional version of Vulcan. Use this method if you have a 32-bit operating system or are scared to use the newest 64-bit version of Maptek Vulcan
  • Install Vulcan 64-bit: this version will give you access to more than 4 GB of RAM and represents the cutting edge of Vulcan development. I use this version because it allows me to load large triangulations and block model data at the same time.
  • Install HASP USB Driver: the drivers for your Vulcan dongle should install automatically when you plug it into your machine for the first time. If this doesn't happen you can install the drivers using this option. Dongle drivers can also be found on Maptek’s download site:
  • Install Vulcan FlexLM Server: this is for installing a server license for Vulcan. Unless you are the IT guy you don’t want to do this (or be responsible for it).
  • Documents: includes release notes and installation documents. If you don’t like my notes on installation, try reading the ones included here, they’re only 28 pages long.
  • Browse disc: opens Windows explorer so you can browse the files included in the installation CD, something you could have done without this button.
  • Exit: cancels the installation process.

To continue installation, click on ‘install Vulcan 64-bit’ (if you don’t have a 64-bit operating system, remind your IT guy that it is the 21st century and you need a better operating system if he wants to keep his job in technology).

Now, you will get another popup from Microsoft. Click ‘Yes’ to continue installation of Maptek Vulcan mine modeling software.

User Account Control

The next panel asks you to select the language for installation. It’s a short list of languages (Maptek seems to think that the global mining industry only speaks English, Spanish or Portuguese) but at least it defaults to English. Select English (I can’t help you in Spanish) and click ‘OK.’

Installation Language

Maptek Vulcan requires two installations of Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable to be installed prior to installing the rest of Vulcan. I think it only really requires one, either the 64 or 32-bit version, but I let it install both anyway. Why take chances? Click ‘Install.’

Microsoft Redistributable

A 'Preparing to Install...' panel pops up for a few seconds so you won’t think that Vulcan has forgotten about the installation process. Be patient and DO NOT click the ‘Cancel’ button.

Preparing to Install...

OK, back to the InstallShield Wizard. Unless you want to cancel the installation process now, after all the work you've done so far, click ‘Next.’

InstallShield Wizard

The next panel shares the End User License Agreement with you. Read it (or not), select the ‘I accept the terms of the license agreement (or else) and click ‘Next.’

End User License Agreement

In the 'Environment Variables' panel you are asked to set certain Environment Variables. Your computer uses Environment Variables (not EnvironMENTAL Variables) to tell it where to look for certain files. Temporary directories are often declared as Environment Variables. One of these variables is the Corporate Standards. This setting will allow you to use the same color schemes as everyone else in your company. It is a small increase in corporate consistency that comes at huge personal sacrifice. Do NOT use corporate standards unless there is actually someone holding a gun to your head.
The other two Environment Variables are the HOME and TEMP/TMP variables. These come with suggested locations for the folders. Go ahead and accept the default locations. Any necessary folders will be created automatically. Click ‘Next.’

Environment Variables

You will now be asked where you would like to install Vulcan. I have never had cause to install software anywhere other than the default location. Don’t change anything. Click ‘Next.’

Choose Destination Location

A 'Setup Status' panel will pop up while Vulcan is installing. This process may take a few minutes.

Setup Status

When Vulcan has finished installing you will get the ‘InstallShield Wizard Complete’ panel. Since you can’t do anything else, click ‘Finish.’

InstallShield Wizard Complete

Now that Vulcan is successfully installed on your computer you may want look at these posts about getting started becoming familiar with the Vulcan layout and begin digitizing.


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