Orica has announced the release of its latest BlastIQ™ Underground technology, which, it says, improves underground blasting performance with integrated digital solutions.
Developed by Orica Digital Solutions, BlastIQ Underground provides quality control and improved drill and blast productivity for superior blast outcomes, the company says. Enabling underground operations to efficiently manage their blasting process, from planning to post-blast analysis, with user-friendly reporting, analytics, and information management.
The suite of technologies improves blast productivity with the digital communication of blast designs, including the re-application of charging designs in response to hole locations. The digital collection and management of drilling data empower engineers to identify opportunities for continuous improvement of drilling and charging operations, the company says.
Orica Vice President Digital Solutions, Rajkumar Mathiravedu, said: “Orica is continually growing its digital offerings for customers to align with the swift digital transformation across the industry.
“Our software ensures that every blast is executed precisely, and the desired outcomes are achieved. This level of accuracy translates into significant cost savings and improved resource utilisation for our customers. To better cater to our customers, we are amassing a digital technology portfolio that complements our core blasting technologies such as 4D Underground, WebGen and Avatel.”
BlastIQ Underground enables customers to streamline their workflows, reduce operational costs and gain a competitive edge in the market, according to Orica.
Mathiravedu concluded: “We are shaping the future of underground mining and our digital solutions are a testament to our ongoing commitment to innovation, safety, productivity and sustainability.”
BlastIQ Underground can also help reduce the environmental footprint of mining operations, according to Orica. The software’s precision drilling and blasting capabilities minimises ground vibrations, air overpressure and environmental impact of blasting activities.