Tech for mining safety

February 14th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has showcased some of its latest technologies to improve safety in the mining sector at the Mining Indaba which took place in Cape Town during February 2018. The inaccessibility of some underground areas makes it difficult and dangerous for inspections after blasting. The CSIR has developed a robot platform equipped with safety inspection sensors to enter mines during safety periods.  Known as “Monster”, the robot aims to assess and identify risk for underground mines. Also on display was an early warning and monitoring system called “RockPulse”, a compact and battery-operated device that constantly monitors rock-mass for micro-seismicity. The monitoring systems makes it possible to listen to raw micro-seismicity; extract micro-fracture features and analyse the resulting series of features to detect large instabilities taking place in the rock mass early. Continuous real-time monitoring of instabilities also allows for optimised safe re-entry times after hazardous events. Other technologies on display included a survey and inspection device and collision prevention system.

Contact David Mandaha, CSIR, Tel 012 841-3654,