Unearthed Brisbane 201605 Mar - 07 Mar
From Idea to Prototype on Resource Challenges in just a Weekend
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Fragmentation in Next Generation Cave Block Mining
Block cave mining is a mass underground mining method that is increasingly being proposed for a number of deposits worldwide, thus the scope for a better understanding of block caving behaviour. The cave mine of the future runs like a “rock factory” with little to no manual interference, using automised and autonomous processes where possible and optimised scheduling and sequencing of ore blocks. Newcrest’s Cadia East operation, when completed in 2017, will be Australia’s largest hard rock underground mine at a depth of 1,200m.
a) Capture and analyse information about rock fragmentation at the drawpoint. Can this be scaled to continuous monitoring of all drawpoints?
b) Give an accurate representation of the whole cave back shape, position, and rate of movement via remote monitoring.