Hosted by Dr Michael van Schoor, CSIR Principal Researcher
Two key pain points in the local deep-level hard rock mining industry are safety (zero harm objective) and optimal extraction. Although mining fatalities have decreased over the past decade it appears to be plateauing and more should be done to strive towards zero harm. The major causal factor in mining fatalities has consistently been falls of ground, which are typically responsible for 40% to 50% of fatalities. In terms of optimal extraction, if any unseen geological structures like faults, potholes or intrusions affect the continuity and mineable area of to-be-mined blocks, it equates to a significant loss of potential income and also contributes to poor and unsafe ground conditions. This webinar outlines how the application of an integrated in-mine geophysical approach (or geophysical toolbox approach) can contribute to mitigating the above mining challenges.