Mining as an industry can be a hazardous environment to work in, making ground control procedures essential for the safety of the workers. These devices will constantly monitor the ground making the response to any danger automatic if a problem arises.
What is ground control in mining?
The definition of ground control in mining includes a broad set of practices that eliminate or reduce the risks associated with ground movements or ground failure. The equipment and operating procedures that a mine uses will depend on the outcome of inspections that determine risk level, such as the properties of the local rock, rock stress and the depth of the mine, ground water, and a number of other factors.
Mining ground monitoring devices allow operators to continuously detect any changes and analyze the stability of an undergound mine or tunnel. These devices continuously monitor the integrity of an electrical grounding system and will automatically respond if a problem occurs. This is especially important in areas where there is a significant generation of electrostatic charge, such as when mixing liquids or at filling tanks and loading bays.
Ground monitoring devices for mines
Simplified Mining Instruments (SMI) provides simple solutions for complex underground monitoring, offering a range of mining ground control devices.
The Miner’s Eye Bore scope camera is used for the visual inspection of boreholes as small as 1-5/8 inches in diameter. By providing straight ahead and 90-degree visualization with an on-screen distance measurement reading, mines have the information they need to assess the competency of roof geology and pillars.
For continuous rock monitoring, SMI offers the Miner’s Helper Extensometer, which is a two-point extensometer used to measure roof sag that utilizes a reflectorized rod that activates when a user-defined amount of movement occurs. The Miner’s Helper Remote Readable Roof Monitor is used to reliably measure rock strata separations or roof sag, enabling data to be gathered remotely. SMI also offers the Sag Flag, which provides a continuous indication of movement.
Where to buy SMI ground control devices for mines
As part of a new collaborative partnership, Carroll Technologies is able to supply a range of SMI products.
For more information about the distribution of SMI ground control devices provided through Carroll Technologies, or to find out which underground monitoring products are best suited for your mining operation, contact us below today.
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