May 17, 2020

Boart Longyear Wins Award for Record-Setting Australian Sonic Bore Hole

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Boart Longyear Wins Award for Record-Setting Australian Sonic Bore Hole
A Boart Longyearcrew that successfully completed the deepest hole drilled inAustraliausing a sonic rig – 212.00m (695 feet) – has earned the...

A Boart Longyear crew that successfully completed the deepest hole drilled in Australia using a sonic rig – 212.00m (695 feet) – has earned the company an award from Mining Magazine.

Boart Longyear's Eastern Australian Territory team set the new depth mark last June 17 with a LS600T sonic rig and using a 4.75-inch conventional coring system and overriding with 6-inch casing. The bore hole was drilled at Nhill, 374Km (223 miles) northwest of Melbourne.

Mining Magazine readers voted the project as the winner of the 2014 Mining Magazine surface mining (soft rock) award, which will be presented during the 2015 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 117th National Western Mining Conference, to be held in Denver in February. The Mining Magazine awards are given annually to celebrate outstanding new technologies, innovations and initiatives within the mining sector.

"We are very pleased that Mining Magazine and our peers in the industry recognize the tremendous accomplishment of our team," said Alan Sides, Senior Vice President of Drilling Services for Boart Longyear. "Even more importantly, our crew's efforts reflect Boart Longyear's continual pursuit of innovations to meet the challenges of the market."

Boart Longyear is at the forefront of deep-hole sonic drilling, which allows for continuous, undisturbed and high-quality core samples, minimal environmental impact and reduced waste by up to 80 percent relative to conventional methods.

Its client at the Nhill site is a joint collaboration between Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC), Geoscience Australia and the Geological Survey of Victoria. DET CRC is an Australian government-funded research organization dedicated to delivering more successful, cost-effective, safer and more environmentally friendly ways to drill, analyze and target deep mineral deposits.

The previous Australian depth record for this sonic drill, also set by Boart Longyear, was 206.00m, which was accomplished using the same drilling method at Menindee near Broken Hill in New South Wales.

About Boart Longyear

Celebrating its 125th year anniversary in 2015, Boart Longyear is the world's leading provider of drilling services, drilling equipment, and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies globally. It also has a substantial presence in aftermarket parts and service, energy, mine de-watering, oil sands exploration, and production drilling.

The Global Drilling Services division operates in over 40 countries for a diverse mining customer base spanning a wide range of commodities, including copper, gold, nickel, zinc, uranium, and other metals and minerals. The Global Products division designs, manufactures and sells drilling equipment, performance tooling, and aftermarket parts and services to customers in over 100 countries.

Boart Longyear is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in Sydney, Australia. More information about Boart Longyear can be found at To get Boart Longyear news direct, visit

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Jul 17, 2021

Coal India Secures First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Deal

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Coal India Limited has secured a new deal with Accenture Solutions to consult on enhancing mining performance and production through a digital endeavour

Coal India Limited (CIL) has appointed Accenture Solutions to digitally transform seven of its open-cast mines as the company strives to improve performance and increase coal production. Accenture is due to lay down digitalisation groundwork until March 2022.

The deal aims to increase coal production by 100 million tonnes (MT) by the end of FY’23. Once the minimum quantity has been surpassed, an agreed sum will be paid to the consultant for every additional sum of coal produced. This success fee will only be paid on the procurement of the minimum assured quantity. 

The move will see heavy earth moving machinery (HEMM) fitted with digital sensors to monitor performance efficiency at all levels. Additionally, modern data analytic techniques aim to increase mine productivity and project monitoring through functional system management and effective observation. 

An Exciting Venture For Global Mining

CIL, which aims to provide energy security in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner, hopes the move will help transform the entire business of mining operations and ensure higher volumes of coal are acquired at a lower cost. 

“This is a first of its kind initiative by the company utilising digitalisation to ramp up coal output,” CIL has said. 

A Digital Step Towards Enhanced Performance

Digitalisation is expected to take place at open-cast mines in Kusmunda, Gevra, Dipka of Southern Eastern Coalfields (SECL), Migahi, Jayant, Dudhichua, and Khadia of Northern Coalfields (NCL). Nearly 32% (188 MT) of CIL’s 596 MT output in FY’21 was accounted for by the seven selected mines. However, this new deal is set to see a large increase following the subsequent digital changes due to be made.  

“Learning from the outcome and success of this model, we may replicate it in our other large mines,” says CIL, optimistic about the future following the modernisation of their mining. 

It is expected that the move will help address roadblocks and guarantee corrective measures are put into place, ensuring the company is able to move forward with its aim of increasing output whilst remaining sustainable and eco-friendly.

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