This project is a collaborative effort and the Authors would like to acknowledge the support of: Fundación CSIRO Chile through the Smart Open Pit Slope Management Project under the auspices of CORFO; the University of Chile, Advanced Mining Technology Center and the mining company, who have provided strong support to the Project from its commencement.
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Senior Mining Engineer Stuart Long says the Smart Marker System by Elexon Mining is a window into sublevel shrinkage, which is very similar to sublevel caving, at its operations at Mt Wright; and in this regard the technology has been very beneficial. Resolute has been using the Smart Marker System since July, 2011.
“The Smart Marker System has enabled us to make improvements to our drill and blast activities, which has resulted in better ore recovery,” Long says.
As demand for minerals continues to grow, the mining sector faces the challenge of economically and safely accessing deposits that are deeper underground. But, “the deeper you go, the more expensive it is to mine,” Chair of Minerals Industry Engagement, mining engineer and Professor at University of Queensland Gideon Chitombo said.
Collaborative working relationships that connect industry with technology experts result in targeted products that help to improve safety, productivity and profit.
The underground mining industry is keen on innovative technologies that will reduce the risks associated with mining methods like block caving, and a team of industry experts say they have the solution.
CRC Mining, Newcrest Mining and Elexon (the company that introduced the Smart Marker technology to the underground mining sector) are working in partnership to develop the Cave Tracker.