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ACCURATE RESULTS
The Split-ShovelCam system automatically captures images of post-blast muckpiles so that operators can be immediately updated with rock fragmentation results
Muckpile-fragmentation monitoring system provides fast, economical solution when blasting
20th November 2015

Miners are now able to quantify the post-blast fragmentation of rocks using the Split-ShovelCam system, an economical alternative to manual sampling that provides an instant objective measure, as... 


WIDELY USED TECHNOLOGY BME’s AXXIS electronic detonators are used across Africa and other mining markets such as Australia and Colombia
New blasting company MD to focus on customer engagement
20th November 2015 By: Bruce Montiea

A continuous focus on customers to better understand their requirements and include their voice in in-house decision-making processes will be the main strategy of newly appointed explosives supply... 


PROFILING ROCK FACES 
Photogrammetric reconstruction recovers three-dimensional information using at least two photos showing the same part of a scene, such as a rock surface, from different angles
3D blasting method achieves safe and effective results
20th November 2015 By: Bruce Montiea

Stereo photogrammetry has proven its value in the mining industry as an easy and cost-effective way to profile rock faces for blast design and characterisation, says blast engineering and... 


INTELLIGENT SOLUTION
With BlastLogic, superior blast performance is achieved through fusing distinct data sets associated with mine planning, drill guidance, field surveys, load design parameters and post-blast evaluation to create a more intelligent blast design
Blast design system aids risk management
20th November 2015

Using mining software, hardware and services provider Maptek’s blast design and management system, BlastLogic, mines can pre-empt blast-related risk and productivity issues through the... 


EASY TO USE
The DigiShot Plus is an easy-to-use electronic initiating system primarily for use in surface blasting applications
Benefits of electronic detonation being realised
20th November 2015

Electronic detonators are fast becoming an integral part of effective mining processes across the world, says electronic initiation system designer DetNet marketing director Johann Smit. “[The... 


BLASTING OPTIMALLY
Electronic detonators play an important role in performing blasts in an efficient and cost effective way
Innovation needed to reduce blasting costs
20th November 2015

Blasting and mining companies should collaborate to find ways of performing blasts efficiently, says commercial explosives supplier AEL Indonesia technical manager Carlos Paz, noting that blasting... 


CAUTION NEEDED The potential for postblast fume problems has to be taken into consideration at managerial level so that clear direction on fume minimisation can be provided to all staff
Mines must consider postblast fume problems
20th November 2015 By: Bruce Montiea

Mines should try to create conditions that reduce the risk of toxic-fume production during blasting, says business consulting service company Kilmorie Consulting. The company notes that, in most... 


Explosives industry needs knowledge management to close gaps
16th November 2015 By: David Oliveira

Knowledge management was key to bridging the knowledge gap in the explosives industry, North-West University chemical and mineral engineering lecturer and explosives engineering programme manager... 


HIGH QUALITY IMAGING Pre- and post-blasting photos taken with an unmanned aerial vehicle
Existing technology used to enhance blast design methods
23rd October 2015

Mining solutions provider and explosives supplier BME’s technical director Tony Rorke asserts that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), global positioning systems (GPS) and three-dimensional... 


Joseph Keenan
Omnia appoints new explosives division MD
18th September 2015 By: Sashnee Moodley

JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has appointed Joseph Keenan the new MD of its explosives division, Bulk Mining Explosives. Group CEO Rod Humphris said in a statement to shareholders on Friday that... 


REGULATORY CHANGE
Additional prescribed measures in the explosives regulations cover the storage, preparation, detonation and destruction of explosives in mining methods
Precautionary measures highlighted by explosives regulations
18th September 2015 By: Mia Breytenbach

Changes in the explosives regulations under the Mine Health and Safety Act are increasing the focus on safety through prescribed precautionary measures for explosives and blasting, states... 


SAFETY UNDERGROUND
Anglo American is partnering with tertiary institutions to advance its underground mining technologies
Latest technology renders mines ready for the future
28th August 2015

Mining houses that are deploying the latest technology in the areas of robotics, sensors, automation, wearables and connectivity will likely emerge as winners in the unceasing quest for operational... 


AECI CEO Mark Dytor
AECI H1 earnings rise 45% on bulk property sale
28th July 2015 By: Megan van Wyngaardt

Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s R400-million bulk property sale, in Somerset West, paired with a maintained market share, despite a difficult environment, pushed its headline... 


FIREFIGHTING ENHANCEMENT
The EXTINGUISHmist sprays only 6 ℓ of water per minute, guaranteeing longer-lasting firefighting capacity of up to four times
Live fire demonstrations showcase technology
24th July 2015 By: Mia Breytenbach

To emphasise the importance of adopting effective fire-suppression solutions designed for specific, special fire risks, environmental solutions company I-Cat showcased several fire-suppression... 


DANGEROUS BUSINESS
Workplace monitoring is crucial to ensure that mining risks are mitigated and incidents avoided
Better understanding of fire risks needed – industry body
24th July 2015 By: Leandi Kolver

Persons working in hazardous locations have to understand their environment, its associated risks and the applicable laws and standards better, the South African Flameproof Association (Safa) tells... 


RESCUE CHALLENGES The SAESI 2015 training component includes various challenges during which emergency management services personnel can compete individually or as a tea
Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event
24th July 2015 By: Leandi Kolver

Mine owners and mining-sector stakeholders will benefit from attending the 2015 South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Conference, Exhibition and Training event owing to the inherent... 


Event highlights explosives health and enviro risks
24th July 2015 By: Leandi Kolver

The health and environmental issues pertaining to explosives have to be addressed, says Mogorosi Communications conference producer Grace Gambiza, commenting on topics discussed at the third Annual... 


NEW PROJECTS, NEW OPPORTUNITIES Mining chemicals companies are eager to take advantage of the 30 mining projects, which are scheduled to start production by 2018
Speciality chemicals demand rising
10th July 2015 By: David Oliveira

An appreciation of the differences in ore characteristics and the need to improve mine tailings are driving demand for speciality chemicals in African mining, says growth consultancy Frost &... 


Zambia copper mine blast company’s biggest blast to date
10th July 2015 By: Dylan Stewart

Explosives supplier and service provider BME achieved its biggest blast to date in March at Kansanshi copper mine, in the north-west of Zambia, detonating 4 141 electronic delay detonators (EDDs)... 


AEL manager elected board member of Institute of Quarrying
8th May 2015 By: Zandile Mavuso

Mining explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services global mining optimisation manager Simon Tose has been elected as a board member of the Institute of Quarrying (IOQ). 


BURNING FRONT
Illustration of a cross-section through a blast showing the sequence of detonator initiation using a shocktube initiation system with typical firing times shown
Opencast mines benefit from electronic detonation technology
8th May 2015

The popularity of electronic initiation in blasting is bound to grow as more opencast mines and quarries benefit from the reliability and accuracy of these systems and the broader impact of... 


AECI appoints acting CEO for mining subsidiary
17th April 2015 By: Natalie Greve

Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Edwin Ludick as acting MD of subsidiary AEL Mining Services, with effect from May 15, until the process to appoint a permanent candidate... 


TRIAL AND ERROR BME will roll out 54 portable charging units and train the shaft’s 180 underground personnel on how to use the new equipment during the four-month trial period
Amplats trials BME’s portable emulsion system at Tumela
27th March 2015 By: Ilan Solomons

Explosives company BME is supporting platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) efforts to improve and modernise its operations through the introduction of a new portable emulsion system... 


David Msiza
Documentaries on horrors of mining’s past mooted at Coalsafe
12th March 2015 By: Martin Creamer

The names of each of the nine mineworkers killed last year in South Africa’s coal mines were flashed singly on to a large screen during a solemn minute’s silence at Thursday’s packed coal safety... 


BME launches narrow-reef emulsion site at Amplats’ Tumela mine
4th March 2015 By: Ilan Solomons

Explosives company BME officially opened its first narrow-reef emulsion site and training centre at platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Tumela underground mine in Thabazimbi,... 


AECI CEO Mark Dytor
Property sale, speciality chemicals division provide impetus for AECI
24th February 2015 By: Ilan Solomons

The completion of the bulk surplus property sale of a 2 300 ha Heartland property in Modderfontein to Chinese investment company Shanghai Zendai and a “record performance” from the speciality... 


HXM BLAST Viewing the volume of influence solids and polygons will be among the features of MineSight's new blast technology
New partnership generates cutting-edge technology
20th February 2015 By: Dylan Stewart

The June 2014 acquisition of US-headquartered mining software developer MineSight by design, measurement and visualisation technology provider Hexagon AB to form its new division Hexagon Mining... 


Orica unveils new African headquarters
Orica unveils new African headquarters
5th February 2015 By: Ilan Solomons

Australian services provider Orica on Thursday officially opened its new 2 600 m2 double-storey African headquarters in Isando, Gauteng, to support and grow the company’s footprint in Africa. The... 


Godfrey Gomwe
Godfrey Gomwe joins AECI board
12th January 2015

South African explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Godfrey Gomwe as nonexecutive director, effective January 31.  


Francois van Niekerk
Van Niekerk, who replaces Sylvester Duma, has spent an 11-year tenure at AEL Mining Services
AEL Mining Services appoints new global sourcing manager
5th December 2014 By: Chantelle Kotze

As part of its growth expansion strategy, explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services announced the appointment of Francois van Niekerk to manage its global sourcing department. 


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