Getting real-time data from a blast block during drilling, charging and stemming operations is difficult with traditional manual reporting systems. BME’s XPLOLOG™ system is changing this.

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Real-time blast block data reporting with BME’s XPLOLOG

By allowing on-site personnel on the block to enter key parameters electronically using a rugged mobile hand-held device, XPLOLOG™ gives managers the power to improve the quality of blast preparation, leading to better blasting results and more profitable mining.

According to Dr Rakhi Pathak, Product Manager at BME, the key advantage is information about each hole being easily captured on the device and uploaded to a centralised database.

“This ensures quick and seamless integration of data, removing the time lag and reducing the chances of data-related errors in the capturing phase,” said Dr Pathak. “Decisions can then be made about any issues picked up in the data prior to the blast bieng detonated.”

The user can upload their survey and blast designs to the central XPLOLOG™ database, which can in turn be downloaded onto all the hand-held devices in the field. The database automatically synchronises all data coming in from the blast blocks.

“Our system is designed to be very simple to operate – both to upload and download data – as well as for the whole mine to gain a holistic picture of exactly what is happening on the blast blocks,” she said. “The most important part of the system is its presentation of all the data on a dashboard for management decision-making.”

A mine blaster can use the system to closely monitor the activity and performance of the various teams responsible for drilling, charging and stemming, which can help control the utilisation of key resources like emulsions.

“There are also safety benefits to using XPLOLOG™,” said Dr Pathak. “Where there is reactive ground on a block, for instance, this can be recorded as a safety issue on the database. In line with safety regulations, the rugged hand-held device is inherently safe.”

The the system is designed to be customised and is tailored to suit the mine’s application and the data needed to be generated.

The XPLOLOG™ system is able to integrate fully with BME’s BLASTMAP III™ software, allowing users to view and edit XPLOLOG™ designs in BLASTMAP III™, and to sync designs from BLASTMAP III™ to the XPLOLOG™ database.

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