Benecke, N 2017, 'iDeepMon – intelligent deep mine shaft inspection and monitoring', in M Hudyma & Y Potvin (eds), Proceedings of the First International Conference on Underground Mining Technology
, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 411-418.
This paper initially presents the existing solutions in shaft surveying and monitoring, in particular, kinematic survey systems. Shaft surveying and monitoring is essential to the success of high‐performance underground mining operations and to enable 24 hour/seven day shaft operability. Therefore, mining companies have a serious interest in cost-efficient, time-efficient and safe technologies to monitor, inspect and maintain their shafts. In addition, mining companies are obliged to carry out monitoring and inspection of their shafts as a mandatory part of the operational permissions by mining authorities.
Due to this demand, the iDeepMon project was awarded funding from the European EIT RawMaterials Network. The project is under way to enhance the already existing shaft surveying technologies towards a fully automated process of shaft inspection, which will be integrated into the overall control process of an autonomous mine.
The main part of the paper will provide information about the iDeepMon project, project achievements, and the results and benefits for shaft operations.
Keywords: automated shaft surveying, monitoring, inspection
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