South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will showcase some of the latest technologies to improve safety in the mining sector at the Mining Indaba, which is being held this week in Cape Town.

The inaccessibility of some areas underground makes it difficult and dangerous for inspections after blasting but the CSIR has developed a robot platform equipped with safety inspection sensors to enter mines during safety periods.

Known as Monster, the robot aims to assess and identify risks for underground mines.

Also on display is an early warning and monitoring system called "RockPulse", which is a compact and battery-operated device that constantly monitors rock-mass for micro-seismicity.

With RockPulse, it is now possible to listen to raw micro-seismicity, extract micro-fracture features and analyse the resulting series of features to detect large instabilities taking place in the rock mass early. Continuous real-time monitoring of instabilities also allows for optimised safe re-entry times after hazardous events.

Other technologies on display will include the survey and inspection device, collision prevention system, occupational health and ergonomics.

The indaba, which runs from Monday to Friday, is expected to bring together investors, mining companies, governments and other stakeholders from around the world in a bid to advance mining on the continent.


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