May 17, 2020

[VIDEO] Open-Pit Mine Blasting

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[VIDEO] Open-Pit Mine Blasting
When it comes to open-pit mining the most visually appealing aspect is the blast. Its loud, intense, and who doesnt like a good explosion once in a whil...

When it comes to open-pit mining the most visually appealing aspect is the blast. It’s loud, intense, and who doesn’t like a good explosion once in a while. The video below showcases a compilation of blast videos taken at a variety of open-pit mining sites in Canada. Prepare to be blown away.

The art of open pit mining requires close to attention to geotechnical planning, scheduling of earthmoving equipment, drill and blasting, and safety. Each aspect requires constant monitoring to control and reduce costs and improve the extraction of ore from the ground in the safest, most efficient manner. The planning that goes into the mine site blasting requires intricate detail, precise arrangement and flawless execution.

Some say blasting is an art form and we couldn’t agree more. As you can see from our video selection, we enjoy observing it very much.

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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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