Developments in bulk surveying and applications for the mining industry

Pascoe, Nicholas (2005). Developments in bulk surveying and applications for the mining industry Honours Thesis, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Pascoe, Nicholas
Thesis Title Developments in bulk surveying and applications for the mining industry
School, Centre or Institute School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Mehmet Kizil
Total pages 113
Language eng
Subjects 091405 Mining Engineering
Formatted abstract
The mining industry requires technological improvements to reduce costs for a given production level. Improvements in cost effectiveness can come from improvements in all areas in the mining operation, from consumables to technical services. Utilisation of bulk surveying can reduce personal requirements depending on the size of the operation, while potentially increasing the productivity of technical services personal.

Improvements in safety must be considered when evaluating a different way to do a job or new technologies. In the case of bulk surveying improvements in safety are a result, since exposure to open edges and highwall toes is quite hazardous. Bulk surveying also removes the person from interaction with heavy vehicles whilst on foot, another hazardous situation that can be eliminated using bulk surveying rather than more manual techniques.

This thesis focussed on one technique more than the others, especially in the area of field testing, which may have biased results. Photogrammetry takes some time to get used to and it is possible that there have errors or erroneous conclusions drawn from insufficient experience with the package. In addition it is felt that with additional testing more sophisticated characterisation of error and strengths and weaknesses for each method would be possible.

A list of requirements for Commodore mine included:
• Blast profile mapping for cast calculations and design of production dozing slots.
• Highwall seam and lithology mapping and dump mapping for planning purposes.
• Lowest possible time and cost requirements while maintaining adequate accuracy
• Portability to other Roche Mining sites.

The most appropriate method for use at Commodore mine is photogrammetry. The cost is competitive with laser scanning and photogrammetry using ADAM Technologies 3DM software package has a set of features more appropriate for Commodore mine.

It is felt that risk was efficiently managed during this thesis following completion of a risk assessment and utilisation of the results of this risk assessment during trials. More time was spent of the operational side of the risk assessment than the technical risk assessment; however it is felt that the risk assessment for this area is adequate. 
Keyword Mining -- productivity

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