According to a recent survey, investment in collision avoidance and proximity detection technology has been earmarked as one of the top three areas for new technology investment in Australian Mining.
In the survey, Timetric asked 110 mine managers, maintenance managers, procurement managers and other key decision-makers in over 90 Australian mines, questions related to each company’s current investment intentions for technology, and their views on the future of autonomous vehicles.
Over 30 percent of respondents said they were considering investing in the technology within the next two years with the key driver being ‘safety’.
Globally in the United States and South Africa, miners are already on board with the proposed changes, as government recommendations for new legislated rules around the use of proximity detection on mobile mining machines have been in talks since 2013.
In Queensland, there is rumour that compliance talks are underway, as the commissioner for Mine Safety and Health marked it as a key priority in its 2012-2013 report, as well as it being highlighted in various safety reports and alerts.
Collision Avoidance Systems (CAS) have the potential to significantly reduce incident rates and save lives, yet mining companies, slow on the uptake are struggling to build a business case for such an investment.
Across the board, development, integration and mandating of such technologies have been delayed due to the complex need for mining technology to be functional, robust and intrinsically safe.
This GE Mining whitepaper looks at key issues in mining relating to vehicle incidents, the consequences of late Collision Avoidance Technology (CAT) integration, and the proposed legislated future of collision avoidance systems in both surface and underground mining.
Click here to download the whitepaper.