Whether it's inspecting a drift for wear and tear, or assessing an ore chute
for erosion, the drone, using light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology, can complete a 360-degree survey of an area, serving up "a super accurate, to-the-millimetre survey of the entire cavity," Campigotto said.
These high grade chips will enter an ore chute
similar in design to that developed at Cameco's Cigar Lake project during boxhole boring trials (Cigar Lake is expected to be in production a year after McArthur River).
Even placing the charge can be hazardous for miners at the bottom of an ore chute
if the wet muck above lets loose.
The company president and chief executive officer, Patrick Downey, said, 'We are very pleased with these results as they confirm the strike of the mineralized zone and continue to define the high-grade ore chutes
within this zone.
However, further descent into the old workings is highly inadvisable because of extremely dangerous conditions, especially around the old ore chutes
These new mining systems include multiton haulage trucks, bulldozerlike scoop trams, automatic ore chutes
, and large mobile rock drills tele-operated from above via subterranean communications systems.
The trucks are being loaded from ore chutes
and by LHDs.
With the move, and the $700,000-investment, they purchased better equipment and installed a 330-tonne press brake, which bends steel plate into different shapes for ore chutes