Due to the nature of their operations, underground mines can be hazardous and hard-to-manage work environments. Because so much of the operational activity occurs far out of sight of management and support staff, keeping track of what is happening underground, especially when it comes to safety and productivity threats, has always been a challenge.
In the last few years, though, advances in surveying technology and other related technologies have made many underground mines safer working environments and easier places to manage.
Much of this improvement has come about because of the development of underground monitoring techniques. It is now possible, and indeed essential, for every mine to have a comprehensive underground monitoring program. Geotechnical instruments from Mine Design Technologies (MDT) and patented underground communications technology solutions from Newtrax allow for the easy creation of a comprehensive underground monitoring system.
In addition to its existing agreements with both MDT and Newtrax, RAMJACK recently started selling the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ in its territory of Sub-Saharan Africa. Developed by Peck Tech Consulting Ltd., a Canadian company based in Montréal, Québec, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is an advanced 3D mobile mine scanner that represents the leading edge of mobile surveying technology. This unit can play an important role in an effective underground monitoring program.
In the words of Mike Jackson, co-founder of RAMJACK, “A real-time underground monitoring program is more accessible than many operations might think. Using a combination of technologies purpose-built for underground mines, RAMJACK can help any operation implement production, people, safety and environment monitoring solutions that piggy back off the existing leaky feeder backbone. uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is the latest technology in our repertoire, and it is exciting to see the monitoring opportunities it opens up to underground mining operations.”
Some of the applications in which the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can be used by African mines are:
- Augmentation of regular shaft inspections with digital scans using uGPS Rapid Mapper™
- Post-accident scans to quickly capture the environment following incidents underground
- Post-blast clearance to accelerate production activity
- Rapid mapping of underground tunnels not previously surveyed
- As-is maps of ground support, water seepage, and other underground infrastructure
The launch of the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ by RAMJACK in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the advance in surveying technology it represents, has generated a lot of interest from bulk and conventional mining operations alike.
Peck Tech and RAMJACK are currently working closely together to organize product demonstrations for all mines interested in exploring the technology.
Contact RAMJACK today to find out how the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can make your mining operation safer, more productive and more cost-effective.