Engineering & Mining Journal

NOV 2018

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SLOPE STABILITY NOVEMBER 2018 • E&MJ 35 time, as well as record the video. In addi- tion, you can edit and save the recorded video, with the added benefit of encrypt- ing the saved video if needed." Reutech said its MSR Connect software brings a modern human machine interface to its MSR slope stability radar systems. Utilizing a Web-based viewer, it provides increased versatility. "Clients now can enjoy access to multilingual real-time in- formation, no matter where they may be located," said Garth Day, Reutech's busi- ness manager for South America. "The flexibility of this system allows the user to access information with their choice of device or operating system. An on-site geotechnical engineer analyzing live trend graphs can now make use of an Apple Mac or a Windows desktop to view trends. At the same time, the mine manager, who may be off site, can get a view on his or her Android smart phone." "What excites me most about our new MSR software is that it speaks to the current and future requirements of an ever-changing industry, Day continued. "Fast, reliable accurate data linked with ease of use and access, these are some of the key requirements of our clients to- day. MSR Connect's Web-based browser is a fundamental shift from how data is assimilated, processed and distributed. "Customized reports and dashboard view are notable additions to further enable the dynamic decision processes that are required for the job. This allows the user to create a custom dashboard display with reports that are specific and relevant to the task at hand. This has opened up a host of new possibilities previously not available to MSR users and makes way for increased ca- pacities on all levels, starting with big data management and processing, including en- hanced analyzing capability," he explained. Earlier this year, Reutech announced that it had added sensemetrics Inc. as a distributor for its product portfolio in the North American market. Based in San Diego, California, sensemetrics develops cloud-based, enterprise-level sensor man- agement and data analytics solutions for mining and other industrial sectors. Laser System Leaves Prisms Behind GroundProbe, now part of Orica, intro- duced its first laser-based monitoring solution to give early warning of impend- ing collapses of open-pit mine walls that can begin months or years before a col- lapse occurs. The company said its Geotech Moni- toring Station (GMS) replaces traditional total stations that rely on mirrored prisms installed on a slope. The system can scan prisms, but can also reflect its signal di- rectly off the rock, thus reducing the need for a risky industry practice. "Prisms can be dangerous to install, inflexible to chang- ing ground conditions, and their repair or replacement can be unsafe, time-consum- ing and expensive," said Lachlan Camp- bell, GroundProbe's vice president of mar- keting and technology. Groundprobe said GMS is able to achieve excellent "virtual point" preci- sion by applying its patented radar signal and data processing techniques to the long-range laser. "With capabilities well beyond that of typical robotic total stations, the GMS is a complete-end-to-end intelli- gent monitoring solution with smart data capture, processing and analysis," said John Beevers, GroundProbe's CEO. "The GMS, and the prisms and points it mon- itors, complements our Slope Stability Radar suite to provide a complete moni- toring strategy." As an Electronic Distance Measure- ment (EDM) LiDAR, the GMS monitors through automatically measuring up to a thousand discrete points on a wall, in the form of physical and virtual prisms. According to Product Manager Fer- nanda Carrera, "The GMS monitors vast mine areas for long periods of time of many months to many years. It specializ- es in background monitoring in open-cut pits and highly vegetated slopes, as well as detecting and measuring small-scale movement on tailings dams, dumps and cuttings that precede a collapse. "Our patent-pending visualization technique that co-locates data with the ul- tra-high definition images captured by the GMS's dual cameras is a step-change in data visualization for prism monitoring," said Carrea. "Automatically visualizing data and heat maps on high-resolution photos, or in 3D, sets the GMS apart from existing solutions, which often force users to view data in a table rather than more in- tuitive visualizations. The dual-camera im- aging capabilities of the GMS, wide angle and telescopic, permits users to precisely see and control the locations of points in real time while providing the ability to con- duct remote visual inspection." The company said its SSR-Viewer software platform for its lineup of moni- toring devices was updated to support all GroundProbe Series-2 and Series-3 radar The Slope Vision camera can be mounted on a Reutech MSR, MPP or fixed point on the mine site. GroundProbe says its GMS solution is set-and-forget, requiring no hardware interaction after deployment and minimal maintenance over time. Software allows visual inspections to be carried out remotely.

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