Tunnel mapping and mining technology systems for underground mining


Nowadays, geographic information systems (GIS) play an important role in mining data management and decision-making in mines.

Tunnels are underground passages used for transportation to carry freights, passengers, water etc. Feasibility of these constructions in natural materials, such as rock and soil, causes the geological conditions to play a major role in their stability.

Aspects of major importance that are decisive for the feasibility of a tunnel project is geological conditions, construction time and costs.

In designing a tunnel, numerical analyses play a very important role in assessing the influence of the excavation on the stability of the tunnel and the behavior of the surrounding ground. However, ground properties used for analysis include a lot of uncertainties because they are estimated through limited investigations and tests.

For this reason, the behavior of a tunnel and the surrounding ground, and the rock class predicted at the design stage of the tunnel might be quite different from those measured during the tunnel excavation.

Mapping the massive network of tunnels that give miners underground access to mineral ores is an expensive and time-consuming process, but new optimisation software, inspired by the complexity of the microchip, could save the industry millions

Deeper mining will require more automation for safety and to cope with higher temperatures and ventilation requirements. As the mining industry delves deeper for resources, microchip design principles could deliver mapping techniques that keep expensive access tunnels to a minimum.

Using real-time 3D datasets, combined with world-leading automation software, it’s possible to streamline tunnelling processes to deliver projects on-time and to budget.

Famur Group- End to end solutions for the mining industry

The FAMUR Group is a supplier of end-to-end solutions for the mining, transport, transshipment and power industries.

Our specialized production plants develop longwall and roadheading systems, underground and surface transport systems, open-pit mining machines, equipment for mass transport and material handling as well as electrical equipment for mining and industry sector.

The Group currently consists of 42 companies located all over the world, including Hansen and Genwest PTY LTD in Benoni, RSA. The company provides electrical equipment such as gate end boxes, switchgears, FLP and NFLP transformers for underground mining as well as we offer service and repairs.

FAMUR also provides comprehensive IT solutions. We offer mining electronics, A&C systems, explosion-proof equipment, remote control and I&C equipment, electric control and e – mine transmission systems.

Our offer includes power supply and control systems for mining machinery. We design and implement software for monitoring, control and reporting of technological processes. We have developed e-mine solutions designed for data aggregation and transmission, as well as diagnostic systems. FAMUR specializes in the manufacture of explosion-proof electronics, explosion-proof electrical equipment boxes for mining machinery and frequency converters operating in potentially explosive areas.

We design and deliver industrial-class gearboxes to many market segments, in particular to underground and open-pit mining, cargo handling machines and gantry cranes, as well as bulk materials transportation machines. Our gearboxes successfully and reliably operate in cutting drums, scraper and belt conveyors and other industrial processes and technologies.

Transport systems by FAMUR are designed for continuous haulage and transport of materials as well as people transportation. Our machines successfully operate in underground and open-pit mines, sea and river ports, reloading centres and storage yards. They are used in internal transport and in large scale earthworks. Our products within this group are: complete technological systems for continuous transport of bulk materials, conveyors (belt conveyors – including man-riding conveyors, bucket conveyors, drug conveyors and screw conveyors), complete material and man transport systems such as suspended monorail or floor rail systems with diesel-powered locomotives, rope winches, track locomotives and complete rail routes.

A significant area of FAMUR activity is focused on machinery and equipment used in open-pit mines. We design and manufacture bucket-wheel excavators, chain-and-bucket excavators, stackers, caterpillar transport vehicles and conveyors.

FAMUR specializes in designing and manufacturing a range of equipment for continuous transport and various types of man-ride units used in underground mines.

Our Group specializes in comprehensive design and construction of mineral processing and beneficiation plants, construction and equipment of mine shaft hoists, as well as comprehensive delivery of complete technological systems including concept development, design preparation, construction, start-up, commissioning and overall process supervision.

FAMUR provides process and construction designs for mining and power industry as well as design and delivery of machines and equipment for open-pit mining.


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