Mining & Quarrying

Explore hardrock (kimberlites, quarry stone) and sedimentary (potash) Map stratigraphy Detect hazards for mine safety

GPR sees widespread use in mining, quarrying & tunneling. GPR can detect changes in rock type and sense major structures such as fractures, faults and joints. Specific applications include defining geology structure, mineral exploration, overburden thickness determination, mine site evaluation, tunneling design, rock mass stability, placer deposit grading and ore zone delineation.

Placer & Mineral Exploration

GPR is used worldwide for mineral exploration. The most common use is exploration for fluvial deposits of gold and diamonds as well as beach deposits of titanium and iron-rich heavy minerals. Other GPR uses include detection and tracking of mineral-rich veins, major fault zones, and lateritic nickel exploration.

Waterborne placer exploration
Uranium exploration in Africa
Kimberlite exploration in Tanzania

Tunneling & Underground Mines

A number of geologic challenges can be addressed with GPR. Whether attempting to examine rock mass stability or locate mineralized zones, GPR provides a powerful method of looking into the subsurface. Salt and potash present highly favourable settings for using GPR.

Tunneling Hazards
Mine Safety (Loose Rock)
Structural Mapping

Quarry Rock Quality

Extraction of rock for building stone requires the selection of sound and workable rock. GPR’s ability to detect structure integrity and undesired jointing and cracking prior to extraction deliver major economic benefit. Marble, granite and limestone quarrying operations worldwide use GPR for critical development decisions.

Limestone Quarry Evaluation
Building/Dimension Stone Integrity

Sensors & Software provides a range of GPR systems and configurations for  infrastructure assessment. For more than a decade the proven RoadMap system has provided highway speed, ground-coupled GPR surveys. Conquest and Noggin SmartCart deployment platforms have provided smaller scale solutions. To address the need for quick deployment and large area coverage, the lightweight and readily shipped SmartChariot platform has been introduced .

To complement the SmartChariot and the other acquisition platforms, the EKKO_Project  PC-based software has two analysis modules which enable concrete bridge deck and pavement structure assessment and reporting. This reporting software allows operators to follow an established methodology to easily interpret the data and   generate reports in PDF format or export to other database systems. These hardware and software tools provide a total solution to assess common critical infrastructure.

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