Outcomes of the scientific and practical workshop of Ural blasting specialists

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30686/1609-9192-2023-5-30-33

G.P. Bersenev, A.S. Regotunov, V.A. Kutuev

Abstract: On June 14 and 15, 2023, Association of the Urals Blasting Specialists together with the Institute of Mining of the Urals Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Yekaterinburg held a regular scientific and practical workshop on drilling and special blasting operations hosted by Protol LLC, a branch of MetalInvest LLC, in Degtyarsk (the Sverdlovsk region). The event was attended by a total of 45 participants from 20 enterprises of the Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk, Kemerovo, Novgorod and Novosibirsk regions of Russia.

Keywords: scientific and practical workshop, Institute of Mining of the Urals Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Association of the Urals Blasting Specialists, MetalInvest LLC, Protol LLC, industrial safety, drilling operations, special blasting operations

Independent auditing as a new trend in industrial safety assessment at hazardous production facilities of the mining industry

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30686/1609-9192-2023-4-22-26

The paper discusses a new key trend used to assess the state of industrial safety at mining operations as well as the cooperation efficiency. The experience GEOEXPERT LLC has gained in carrying out independent technical auditing and the relevance of this line of activity has been demonstrated. Taking into account current challenges and the experience of technical auditing, as well as the prospects for the development of this activity, the article and the data presented in it will help the top management to make their decisions, while the description of real auditing cases will provide the mining companies with an insight into the use of this new method of co-operation. Independent technical auditing is one of the tools to control the state of industrial safety at a mining operation, which provides a general picture of the company, classification of hazardous production facilities according to their hazard characteristics, independent verification of compliance of the production process organization and the production patterns with the regulatory requirements in order to improve the safety of operation, enhance the quality of products and reduce production risks. Three decades of experience gained by GEOEXPERT LLC and studying various aspects of challenges in the mining industry help to identify the method of independent technical auditing as one of the main tools for solving industrial safety problems and preventing emergencies at the operations.

Controlled operation of GP-200/11x500-m pump

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30686/1609-9192-2023-4-33-34

The article analyzes the results of pilot tests of the GP-200/11x500-m pump in conditions of evacuating large-scale mineralized water inflows from the Udachny Underground Mine named after Fyodor Andreev. It provides information on the operating time of the pump components obtained by empirical method during the controlled operation over 5500 service hours. The data on economic efficiency of the GP-200/11x500-m pump utilization are updated and specific financial indicators are compared with the previously used equipment.

Monitoring the loss and integrity of the excavator bucket teeth based on computer vision methods

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30686/1609-9192-2023-3-48-49

The article describes the problem of monitoring the integrity and condition of the teeth of mining excavators based on computer vision. IN the article defined the possible evaluation of computer vision algorithms that can be applied to solve this problem. In the article presented the architecture of the software and hardware for the implementation of this class of systems.

On scientific and practical workshop of Ural blasting specialists

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30686/1609-9192-2022-4-64-67

The article presents information on the outcomes of the scientific and practical workshop on drilling and blasting operations in surface and underground mines and special blasting operations, which was organized by the Blasting Specialists of the Urals Association and held on May 26, 2022, at the Museum Complex of the Urals Mining and Metallurgical Company in the City of Verkhnyaya Pyshma with participation of the Institute of Mining of the Urals Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Urals Department of the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor). The workshop included presentations on the following topics: dedicated blasting operations in explosion bonding of metals and demolition of buildings; experience in working with non-explosive mixtures and devices, including ‒ pulse gas generators in restrained urban conditions; results of development and testing of a method to study the rock mass strength properties during roller-bit drilling of blast holes in open-pits; forthcoming innovations in Federal Law No.116 "On industrial safety of hazardous facilities"; relevance, specific features and conditions of blasting operations below the safety covers; mining and technical conditions of underground operations in the Donskoy GOK mine in Kazakhstan. A tour of the four exhibition centres of the Museum Complex, i.e. those of the military and automobile equipment, the "Wings of Victory" aviation exhibition, the "Ceremonial Regiment" exhibition centre, and the open exhibition site with railway and artillery equipment, was held upon completion of the theoretical part of the event.

Personnel motivation as the social basis for sustainable development of a mining company

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Reliable accident prevention as the basis for sustainable development of a mining company

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