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Hexagon and RCF Jolimont have teamed up to donate $1 million worth of training, blast movement monitors, a GP5300 detector kit and HxGN MineMeasure sensor software to Curtin University and the WA School of Mines (WASM).

MineMeasure allows mines to safely and accurately track blasts to minimise loss and dilution with blast movement sensor software.  

Measuring 3D blast movement and translating ore polygons to account for displacement are critical steps in achieving optimal ore yield. 

The software was launched by Hexagon at MINExpo in Las Vegas. 

“This is great news for mining students at WASM,” Hexagon chief technology officer Rob Daw said. “MineMeasure is the only portfolio of its type and generates significant profits for customers in every blast at over 120 open pit mines globally.” 

For mines striving to be more sustainable and have smarter practices, being able to accurately track blast movement is essential.

Blasting is a highly variable process and ore loss during blasting can cost mines millions of dollars in lost revenue per year.  

MineMeasure provides customers with accurate blast information, used to recover all of a mine’s resources, allowing the valuable ore to be sent to the mill, avoiding dilution and misclassification. 

“WASM is a recognised global leader in mining engineering studies, and we are delighted to have provided part of the funding to enable this donation to come together,” RCF Jolimont’s Lex McArthur said. 

RCF Jolimont invests in high growth mining equipment, technology and services companies, assisting these companies to be globally successful. 

“We are delighted with this donation from Hexagon and RCF Jolimont,” Curtin Kalgoorlie Campus director Sabina Shugg said. 

“It enables us to provide our students with training in this best practice blast measurement solution.”