Integrated sensor networks for rock-mass characterization and material handling

D. Hopkins, W. B. Davis, D. Türler, J. Kemeny

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Abstract

Work is underway to develop techniques to integrate, analyze and display data collected during mining that builds upon previous work focused on development of technology to collect data while drilling to improve blasting results and material handling in open-pit mines. This research demonstrated the feasibility of measuring the elemental composition of the rock mass from samples automatically collected during drilling, and drill vibration data measured by a wireless system mounted to the drill stem. The project demonstrated how these data can be used in conjunction with drilling, geological, and post-blast-fragmentation data for blast design, material handling, and potentially, to improve mineral processing. This paper describes how these newly developed rock-mass characterization techniques can be further developed so that they are sufficiently automated to allow the data collected to be easily integrated into a mine-wide information system. Emerging technologies in sensors, networking, communications, and probabilistic network modeling are described that promise to enable process-control applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationApplication of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry - Proc. of the 32nd Int. Symposium on the Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry, APCOM 2005
Pages535-546
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event32nd International Symposium on the Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry, APCOM 2005 - Tucson, AZ, United States
Duration: Mar 30 2005Apr 1 2005

Publication series

NameApplication of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry - Proc. of the 32nd Int. Symposium on the Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry, APCOM 2005

Other

Other32nd International Symposium on the Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry, APCOM 2005
CountryUnited States
CityTucson, AZ
Period3/30/054/1/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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    Hopkins, D., Davis, W. B., Türler, D., & Kemeny, J. (2005). Integrated sensor networks for rock-mass characterization and material handling. In Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry - Proc. of the 32nd Int. Symposium on the Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry, APCOM 2005 (pp. 535-546). (Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry - Proc. of the 32nd Int. Symposium on the Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry, APCOM 2005).