In-pit Volume Measurement System

Theme: Exploration, Mining & Blasting

Expected Pilot Duration - NA

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Challenge Summary

There is no availability of an electronic/computerized measurement solution to calculate the volume of excavated Chrome Ore in the mining region. The expected improvement is to achieve 100% Accuracy which is currently 75% using conventional measurement tools.

Challenge Scenario

In the mining regions, the excavation process is carried out by excavators & Soil containing the chrome ore are loaded onto trucks. The quantity of excavated ore is measured in terms of the volume of earth removed from the site.

To calculate the weight of the materials transferred from one location to other 20% trucks of total trips are passed through the weighbridge and further average data is taken for the rest of the trucks.

Currently measuring is done manually using measurement tapes which are very inefficient and are only 75% accurate. The computation of volume is also carried out manually. This results in inaccurate and inconsistent data.

Profile of the end users

Coal Oven Team

Mining Team: Perform manual area/volume calculation

Procurement Team

Site Incharge: Authorities responsible for maintaining daily output and productivity

Solution Requirements

Distance sensing to replace usage of measuring tapes.

Data Logging to future reference and instant replays of value

Volume Computation using the stored value

Lightweight portable solution, preferably battery powered

Use the calculated Volume to derive weight by applying density formula

Good to have feature to show estimated cost value of excavated volume of Earth

Should be operational inside mine and tunnels

Need display illumination in case of dark environments

Rugged and steady case for withstanding shock and abrasion of mining environment

Product Training - Should be easy to use by miners and site supervisors

Accessibility - Should be easy to move around and measure at different positions

Risk - Should have compliance with safety standards in case of laser and IR based solutions

Expected Outcomes

1. Quantified Metrics & Outcomes:
Operational KPIs/Metrics Current Value Expected Target Value
Volume accuracy 56% 0
Compensation - including for the customers and logistics costs 75% 100%
2. Qualified Outcomes:
Operational KPI/Metrics Current State Expected Target State
Accurate measurement of volume Manual Measurement & Time consuming Measurement using advanced technology with 100% accuracy
3. ESG Impact:
ESG Metric Target State (Expected)

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