In March 2012 Orica Mining Services’ released a pocket blast guide in the form of a mobile app and provides access to blast calculations, conversions, product information and tools for managing blasting operations. Developed in partnership with a team of technology experts, the application’s built-in blasting calculators perform complex calculations and conversions, assisting blasting engineers with identifying rock properties, optimising blast performance and carrying out “T
The Kidd Creek copper / zinc mine, located 27km north of Timmins in Ontario, Canada, is the eighth deepest mine and the deepest base metal mine in the world. The mining depth at Kidd Creek extends up to 2,927m beneath the surface. The mine is owned and operated by Xstrata, which acquired it from Falconbridge in 2006. Kidd Creek was discovered in 1963 and witnessed the start of open pit operation in 1966. Underground production started in 1972. The mine is operated with three
The Komatsu PC8000 has an operating weight of up to 710t, making it the fifth largest hydraulic mining excavator. It is available with both shovel and backhoe attachments. The ultra-class mining excavator has a track length of 7.955m on the ground, an overall track width of 9m and a bucket size of 38m³. The arm crowd force and the bucket crowd force are 1,765kN and 1,961kN respectively. The maximum ground level reach of the bucket is 19.37m and the maximum digging depth is 8.
The Belaz 75601 is the world's 5th largest dump truck with a payload capacity of 396t. It is the latest model of 7560 class of trucks designed by Belaz for carrying loosened rocks at deep open-pit mining sites under different climatic conditions. The gross operating weight of the vehicle is 672.4t. The Belaz 75601 measures 14.9m in length, 9.25m in width and 7.22m in height. The dump truck uses electromechanical transmission with a four-cycle diesel engine, having 20 V-type c
This educational clip from Flocabulary explains how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are formed, how to identify a rock’s type and how the rock cycle can change one type of rock into another. Mine planning is after all about getting the rocks out, so might as well understand them a bit better...
Technology - seems it's here to stay... Can technology help us through turbulent times...? Can it help us reduce waste...? Can technology provide more efficient training in terms of memory retention...? Can it result in more precise blasting...? The Glencore guys at the Mopani Copper Mine in Zambia have taken the bold leap and adopted VR technology from STS3D as a safety and skills solution. I would like to hear your comments, and especially what you think appropriate VR app
Great Noligwa gold mine operated by AngloGold Ashanti in the Vaal River region of South Africa is located 15km south-east of the town of Orkney. It currently ranks as the ninth deepest mine in the world. The average mining depth of Great Noligwa is 2.4km below surface and the maximum mining depth is 2.6km below surface. The mine primarily exploits the Vaal Reef (VR) with a twin shaft system. The Crystalkop Reef (CR) comprises the secondary economic horizon for the mine. The m
With an operating weight of 744t, the Demag H740 OS excavator is the fourth biggest mining excavator. It has been in service since 1999 and was specially designed for the abrasive oil sands works of KMC Mining in Canada. The Demag H740 OS is a front-shovel excavator with a wider car body and trackpad than its predecessors. The shovel loading capacity is 40m³ with a breakout force of 2,320kN. The excavator is powered by two 16-cylinder Cat 3516B diesel engines producing up to
Liebherr T 282C and Liebherr T 284 are two 400t payload capacity ultra-class haul trucks designed and manufactured by Liebherr. The trucks share the distinction of being the second biggest mining trucks with Caterpillar 797F and Terex MT 6300AC. Liebherr’s T 282C is the successor to the 360t capacity T 282B class mining truck. T 284, the latest class of trucks from Liebherr, shares many similar features with the T 282C. The gross weight of T 282C and T 284 is the same, at 661