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34MODERN MININGNovember 2020 AUTOMATED MONITORING A utomated monitoring offers around-the-clock data to enable decisions that protect people, product and environment. It also creates operational efficiencies across multiple disci - plines of a working mine site. Another benefit is that it provides data on demand so stakeholders have the information needed to make timely and accurate decisions. Timing is everything When a potential hazard is detected, timing is critical. Automated monitoring helps save lives because it continuously and quickly delivers the data needed to support a safe working environment. Mining safety teams receive alerts with all pertinent detail needed to act on the potential hazard. The manual practice of collecting and processing data, producing a report, and then reacting to that knowledge could take too long to be useful in many scenarios. Arming mine safety teams with the data they need – by automatically and continuously detect - ing movement and reporting on it – allows them to prepare for a catastrophe, rather than react to it. What to expect Companies are automating their operations now more than ever to utilise the benefits of new The automated monitoring software solution should interface with all manner of instrumentation present on a modern-day mine site. The right time for moving to automated monitoring Automated deformation monitoring systems offer a multitude of benefits that enable mining company stakeholders to make crucial decisions related to life safety, productivity and environmental wellbeing, write Riley Smith and Jesse Huff of Trimble Monitoring. technologies. A mining company can eliminate an estimated 90% of the manual process and labour that goes into a typical "buddy system" monitoring campaign. Automated monitoring saves manpower, both in measurement and data processing, and provides entire datasets to stakeholders nearly instantly after measurement occurs, thus, saving an enormous amount of time with things like handovers, shift changes and other stakeholder engagements. Similarly, gone are the days of taking measure - ments, processing the data and interpreting that data. Instead, data measurement and processing is completed automatically and results are readily available. Without the expense of the manual resources, mining companies are able to continuously run moni - toring campaigns, and use the data to predict slips – sometimes to within a couple of hours. Armed with that knowledge, mining operations can continue up until the time the team deems it unsafe to do so. After the initial setup of the automated monitoring system, it practically runs on its own. It's at this point that substantial savings are realised from reduced overhead and overtime hours for monitoring cam - paign work. Additionally, the labour spent on manual monitoring campaigns is now able to be utilised elsewhere. Making the move For years, mining companies have implemented the latest automated monitoring technologies in a strate- gic effort to uplevel their operations with timely and intelligible data at their fingertips for making quick decisions. The benefits mining companies see when moving to an automated monitoring system are: Protecting human resources by reducing their time in the mine; Data on demand with 24/7 deformation monitoring campaigns; Embracing a deformation monitoring solution that delivers across multiple disciplines to all stakehold - ers simultaneously; Reaping the benefits of making timely, data-driven decisions; Allowing technology to do its job and freeing up manpower to focus on other tasks. Some of the considerations to make when imple - menting an automated monitoring system include instrumentation (GNSS, total stations, geotechnical devices); communication (site mesh, point-to-point

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