Reducing deviant long holes

A SYSTEM has been released that its makers say can be fitted to all production rig makes and models and will substantially reduce blast hole drilling deviation.

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A rig fitted with the Production Optimiser system underground.

Minnovare's Production Optimiser uses drill rig-alignment technology and data capture analytics software to help clients drill faster, cheaper and more accurately than before.

It is a bit of a departure from Minnovare's previous approach where it developed technology that specifically aligned drill rigs. The company is probably best known for the Azimuth Aligner, which has been applied to underground exploration rigs.

Minnovare CEO Callum McCracken said the Production Optimiser had six different components to the system.

Part of that does involve correctly aligning the rig, however, it goes further by adding tools that help ensure the rig follows the drill plan and that the data from each hole is recorded.

Initial on-site testing of the Production Opti...