Why 24/7 Global Geotechnical Support is vital to the Mining Industry
The importance of continued radar monitoring of a mine site cannot be underestimated. An unforeseen collapse at a mine or dam site has the potential to damage equipment, and in some cases, lead to loss of life. The resultant production delays and stoppages that ensure can result in huge financial, logistical and legal implications. With the assistance of monitoring, mine personnel can save both lives and equipment, and ensure continuous production.
For mine owners and geotechnical engineers looking to the future, the optimisation of radar monitoring processes and data analysis to streamline operations is vital to ensure the safety of the mine and boost productivity and long-term mine efficiency.
What is Geotechnical Remote Monitoring?
Geotechnical monitoring refers to the ongoing evaluation of ground performance against the project’s design assumptions, allowing geotechnical engineers to make informed changes to the construction’s design to ensure its stability. It tracks ground movements, water pressure, vibrations and structural movements. More specifically, the deformation of soil, structures and rock, as well as stressors that impact on structures such as embankments and walls.
There are a number of monitoring radars and sensors used by engineers to measure and analyse data needed to support informed decisions. The data provided by the radar is analysed and interpreted to give the engineers an overall understanding of the mechanics and stresses affecting the construction. Once they have this information, they can decide how to best manage the construction to ensure the highest levels of productivity and safety.
Why is Remote Monitoring Important?
The value of remote monitoring is to track, visualize, and control facilities, assets, and environmental conditions without requiring personnel to be physically on-site.
In addition, remote monitoring means valuable data can be collected autonomously with little to no input from personnel once the radar/system is up and running. Any activated alarms also warn personnel of impending device failure, or potential mine wall collapse, to act immediately from a safe distance. Remote radar monitoring also enables other parties, such as GroundProbe, to monitor movements and assist in providing expert support to site-based in real-time.
GroundProbe are Geotechnical Monitoring Experts
GroundProbe are the mining industry’s foremost geohazard monitoring experts, with a depth of knowledge and experience that no other company has. Examples of GroundProbe’s remote monitoring solutions include Slope Stability Radars (SSR) – such as SSR-XT, Geotechnical Monitoring LiDAR (GML), and Geotech Monitoring Station (GMS) – designed to critically monitor known movement or instabilities, help to predict future behaviors and alert mine operators to safety hazards. With multiple features, such as they are rugged and highly mobile, function in harsh environments and in extreme climates, above-ground radars are a popular choice in geotechnical monitoring.
GroundProbe’s Vital 24/7 Global Geotechnical Support Service
GroundProbe’s 24/7 Geotechnical Support Services (GSS) unit is a world-class global support network providing assistance with effective slope stability and underground risk management through comprehensive technical support.
The GSS team of currently more than 120 highly experienced engineers and radar operators have extensive radar knowledge and experience and is one of the largest assembled teams of geotechnical mining professionals in the world.
To date, the GSS team has detected and provided early notification to sites, including 1,440 slope failure notifications, validation of 3,615 alarms and managing 44,608 unwanted alarms, further highlighting the value of the GSS service for GroundProbe customers.
With the world’s largest library of wall folders, GroundProbe’s GSS team is able to analyse and learn from thousands of slope failure examples and numerous incident investigations – a unique perspective on geotechnical monitoring.
GroundProbe’s GSS remote monitoring centres are located in Chile, Indonesia and Brazil, offering user support in four languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese and Bahasa.
GroundProbe’s GSS team is available 24/7, providing instant assistance with effective slope stability and underground risk management through comprehensive technical support by expert technical specialists. To learn more, contact GroundProbe’s team online today.