Importance of safety berms at dump sites

Maintaining haul road or overburden tip berms (or bunds) at the correct height has become a safety critical operation at mines and dumps around the globe. Berm maintenance has in the past been a minor operational task, requiring occasional grader or dozer attention of secondary importance. Perhaps not so any more. Since 1990 there has been an average of one …

Scanning through wire mesh with SITEMONITOR LIVE

Harriet Brewitt

Wire mesh has been used as ground support in mining since the 1950’s to protect the mine and its workers. Steel meshes are often deployed in open cast mines to provide dynamic surface support and to act as an immediate preventative measure for rockfalls and small landslides.  The mesh may consist of welded wire or expanded or woven (chain link) …

Automated Stockpile Volume Monitoring

Harriet Brewitt

In a world where data is available at the touch of a button, mines and heavy industries are still relying on dangerous and inefficient ways of gathering data. Surveys are often dependent on environmental conditions and staff availability, which can mean a disconnect between a site’s potential and those in charge of making key decisions. SITEMONITOR LIVE +VOLUMES removes the …

Quickly and Safely Mapping our Underground World

Harriet Brewitt

Creating highly-accurate underground maps for the mining and natural resource sector is one of the most demanding forms of surveying. Most mine environments are hazardous, and mining professionals need to work in tight, enclosed spaces, which are uneven and difficult to access. GPS coverage is, of course, non-existent. One firm embracing these challenges is Beck Engineering, an Australian mining engineering …