CSIR has created new technology to improve mining safety. 
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CSIR has created new technology to improve mining safety. File Image:IOL

New technology by CSIR to improve mining safety

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Jul 25, 2018

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DURBAN - The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has showcased some of the latest technologies in Johannesburg. 

These technologies have been created to support the mining sector in South Africa as well as to improve safety in mines. 

One of the many technologies that were displayed at the event is a robot platform that is outfitted with safety inspection sensors to enter mines during safety periods. 

The robot which is known as "Monster" aims to evaluate and identify risks for underground mines. 

Another technology that also was on display was the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). The GPR is currently being researched at the South African Mining Extraction, Research, Development and Innovation (SAMERDI).

The CSIR has also developed a pedestrian, detection system that uses a range sensor to calculate the distance to each identified individual and it tracks each person to determine if and when a collision is likely to happen. 

CSIR mining experts, Dr Dave Roberts, Dr Shaniel Davrajh and Dr Michael van Schoor said that the CSIR is working hard to create cutting edge technologies that will better mining safety. 

Dr Davrajh, the principal engineer said spoke about the importance of implementing robotics technologies in mines. The engineer said that with the use of these technologies could aid in reaching areas that cannot be accessed during an incident. 

Dr Van Schoor who is the principal geophysicist spoke about the use of GPR technology for rock mass stability investigations. 

 According to the geophysicist, there is a need for reliable rock mass stability determination
He said " Managing health and safety risk in a mine requires real-time monitoring and quantification of the underground hazards and the exposure of personnel and equipment to such hazards".

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