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SME 2014: Technology Update

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Favorites, Technology | 0 comments

SME 2014: Technology Update

Dear Readers,

I am back! Yes it’s been more than a year and I have the same ‘ole excuse of being busy. I just got back from SME and felt inspired to do a quick technology update for everyone. Even though I haven’t been diligent about new posts, my readership (source: Google Analytics) has remained consistent and has even grown! So thank you to all for your support.

For those of you who have not been to SME, it is the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (US-based) and we meet every year in February. We have great tech sessions and the exhibition is a fun way to find out what new companies are up and coming. The next show in Feb 2015 will be in Denver and I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Here are some companies that I want to mention with just a bit of details to get you interested and go check them out. (Thus start the disclaimers: (1) No, none of them are paying me for it so these opinions are purely my own and do not reflect 3D-P or anyone else. (2) If you work for a company below and you want to correct an error or ask me to remove anything, my contact info can be found on this page here. and (3) I have personally never used or tested any of the systems below.)

1. Autonomous Solutions Inc (ASI) – traditionally, OEMs such as Cat, Komatsu and Hitachi have been the ones designing, testing and commercializing “Autonomous Haulage.” As such, it is not fleet agnostic nor is it fleet management system agnostic. ASI came out of the Agriculture and DOD world and recently a few years ago, they came out with products for both remote control and either a semi or fully autonomous solution. On the autonomous bit – instead of selling you an entire truck, they have a retrofit package (the cost is comparable to a new 60L engine) that can be compatible with any dispatch system (so I’m told). Currently they have their system running on two (2) trucks in South Africa with more on order and are only integrated with Leica Jigsaw.

2. Motion Metrics – what a finely engineered company plus they’re situated at my alma matter (UBC) so that’s a plus plus. Motion Metrics has a flat level of reporting so there’s more work done and less layers of management. Check out their new product PortaMetrics – real time rock frag and slope sensing using a hand held device.

3. Global Mining Standards & Guidelines (GMSG)– This is a group that I’ve previously discussed on here to get involved. (full disclosure: I sit on the executive council of this non-profit group, who is currently housed under the Canadian Institute of Mining)

One of the working groups put up a unified display prototype at the booth where they are running 4 different mine management applications on 1 display to increase situational awareness and reduce the operator distraction. Here’s a picture of the booth with our booth babe Peter Wan from Teck.

They are currently running an underground communication infrastructure survey. If you work underground and you can help us, please go here.

4. Deswik – Holy Moly these new guys on the block [company was formed in 2008] employe 60+ mine engineers?! To put this in perspective, I graduated with 8 other people in my year. Not only does Deswik provide mining engineering and geology consultancy, they also have a full suite of software products including mine planning, scheduling, haulage design and much more. It takes an integrated approach and also integrates with your legacy systems.

5. Peck Tech – If you are in mining, you are at MOST a 2 degree of separate from someone that works at Peck Tech. They are the leader in applying and integrating technologies to meet business objectives including increased productivity and safety. Word on the street is that they’re coming out with a new underground product. I don’t have the details to give away here but if anyone has seen Prometheus, think of the lasers without the squawking noises.

Lastly, at both SME and through LinkedIn some of you have asked what I do. In a nutshell, I am in sales for 3D-P who is a leader in the design, deployment and support of wireless networks in open pit mines. We also manufacture a radio-agnostic unified hardware platform that is essentially your central middleware hub on mobile equipment (such as trucks, shovels, etc.) We just launched our new website where you can download a bunch of white papers so come visit us here.

That’s all I have for now. Feel free to get in touch or comment below. Did anyone else see something they want to share from SME?

P.S. I realize I still need to write the 3rd of the 3 part series on tire life and maintenance… I will endeavor to get to this soon!

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Open Pit Wireless Networking Basics

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Technology | 6 comments

Open Pit Wireless Networking Basics

Open Pit Wireless Networking Basics

I must start this blogpost by apologizing for my absence during the past few months. However, today I bring you a piece that I hope will be handy to those working in the mining industry who do not pose any background training in wireless networking. Successful deployment of a wireless network at a mine with large moving equipment over a sizeable coverage area is not as simple as traditional wireless deployments, with primarily fixed equipment (I.e. Processing or manufacturing plant).

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Northwest Mining Association: High Technology Session – December 2012

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Favorites, Technology | 0 comments

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Northwest Mining Association: High Technology Session – December 2012

Hello Everyone,

I will be chairing this year’s High Technology Session at NWMA (North West Mining Association) conference in Spokane, Washington this year in December 2012. Please read the session write-up below and if you are interested in submitting an abstract, please send them to me at vivien214 at gmail dot com.

Warmest Regards,

Vivien Hui

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High Technology Systems and Automation in Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration

Area of Interest: Operations
Chair: Vivien Hui, Canadian Sales Manager, 3D-P, Calgary, AB, Canada

Session Description:

This session is focused on cutting edge technology that is between the beta stage and new implementation at a mine site. The aim of this session is to put forward the evaluations of innovation in the mining industry, share experiences, discuss new ideas and introduce efficiency opportunities through the use of new technolo- gies. Disciplines welcomed include all aspects of the mine cycle from early state exploration through the entire mine life cycle, in either surface or underground mining.

All presentations in this session will focus on utilizing new technologies to achieve operational excellence with ideas, opportunities, solutions and case studies. Joint presentations between OEM/OTM and mining company are encouraged.

 

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Introducing: CIM Mining Standards & Guidelines Committee (for Information & Technology)

Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Equipment, Technology | 3 comments

Introducing: CIM Mining Standards & Guidelines Committee (for Information & Technology)

I just got back from the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) Conference & Exhibition in Edmonton and want to share with everyone the launch of the CIM Mining Standards & Guidelines Committee, with an initial focus on Surface Mining, and Information & Technology. With this blogpost, I will endeavor to provide some background information, and what this group is all about.

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The Technologies & Benefits to Improving Haul Road Condition & Payload Distribution

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Equipment, Technology | 23 comments

The Technologies & Benefits to Improving Haul Road Condition & Payload Distribution

The production and cost benefits associated with having a correct load balance on a haul truck and improving haul road conditions are difficult to quantify on paper and therefore a lot of mines do not make it a part of their standard operating procedure/best practice. But it is a relatively easy change to make to yield lower cycle time, higher production and lower costs. The premise is to create an environment where the truck is operating as close to design parameters as possible; in this blog entry, we will only focus on the design parameters of road conditions and load balance and how to utilize technology to monitor, analyze & improve these parameters.

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Fatigue Management Science & Technology Update

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 in Equipment, Favorites, Technology | 2 comments

Fatigue Management Science & Technology Update

One of the current hottest topic within mining technologies is fatigue management and how to implement it on the haul tucks at a mine site. Fatigue compromises safety for everyone on site and reduces the bottom line for the organization. SMART (Surface Mining Association of Research & Technology) completed a survey with over 25+ mine sites just over a year ago and in general, almost all mining companies have identified or realize operator fatigue issues as their operations are 24/7.

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