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Safety awareness in the mining industry is of the highest priority. One important part of the safety system is
rock reinforcement using rockbolts. However, rock reinforcement without proper quality assurance will
never be an acceptable safety system. The mining industry is now increasingly asking for tools to document
planned rock support and actual installed rock support. This is implemented using equipment for guidance of
where to install the bolts without having to paint on the walls and roof, logging equipment showing exactly
how many bolts have been installed with the equipment and the exact position of these bolts. Finally, reports
would be generated with positions, bolt types, the amount of cement and more, that could be saved for future
analyses if needed.
Atlas Copco has the technology that can be used for this at both tunnel construction sites and mines. The
technology is called Bolt Plan Navigation.
This paper will present the development of Bolt Plan Navigation and the initial experiences from bolt
logging technology. The paper will also elaborate on the latest developments in bolt installation guidance
making it a common tool available for all computerised Atlas Copco bolting rigs.