In the middle of winter 2009, a vital drilling project at Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (Diavik) had to be completed. Conditions presented significant challenges with zero visibility, ice fog and temperatures dropping to -45°C. Despite the extreme atmospherics, GroundProbe’s Slope Stability Radar (SSR™) was able to continue scanning, providing 24/7 data for Diavik’s Geotechnical Team. With the confidence of daily monitoring, drilling continued without interruption until the program was complete. At all times safety was the mine site’s paramount concern and the SSRTM provided the confidence to continue operations.
The Geotechnical Team at Diavik worked closely with GroundProbe’s Technical Specialist, to ensure the SSR™ was able to successfully withstand the harsh environment and continue its daily operation.
“The SSR™ has been instrumental in our commitment to safe operations by delivering high quality data despite the extreme conditions”, said Richard LeBreton, Geotechnical Engineer at Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
The Diavik Diamond Mine is located in one of the most remote and desolate regions of the world. A joint venture between Rio Tinto and Harry Winston Diamond Corporation, it began production in January 2003. In all its activities and operations Diavik is committed to operating safely, protecting the environment and making a positive contribution to communities of the region.
Due to its inclement weather and isolation mine equipment is often hampered at Diavik. SSR™ has proven effective in its reliability under harsh conditions.