Digi-Plod is another industry first from Minnovare. Traditional paper plans and plods are a relic of today’s increasingly autonomous, data-driven industry.
Aside from paper not always faring well in the harsh underground environment, under the paper system information travels too slowly throughout the mine (having to be literally handed from one person to another), often requiring an additional admin resource to enter the data into mine planning software at the end of each shift.
Validity and reliability of the data therefore suffers, with too many ‘blind-spots’ making it hard to enforce accountability on either side of the planning or drilling process. Likewise, data on collar trajectory and projected toe point and/or break-through is often lost – vital data that should always make its way back to engineering.
With Minnovare CORE and Digi-Plod, digital drill plans are ‘pushed’ down from engineering and mine-planning to the individual drill teams themselves – accessible via the Minnovare CORE Mobile App pre-loaded onto the Mobile Interface (touchscreen tablet). From within the App, the driller can recall and carry out the daily drill plan, down to the individual hole.
The Interface is simple and easy to use, with minimal back and forth between screens. The driller simply selects the plan, selects the holes, aligns the rig… and commences drilling. Actual vs target drill data is automatically captured within the CORE Mobile App.
After the hole has been drilled, the driller enters any comments into the Digi-Plod feature in the App – such as ground conditions and other information that might be relevant to the charge plan.
Another key feature of Digi-Plod is that actual meters drilled during a shift are automatically calculated, making individual performance monitoring and reporting at the end of a shift simple and straightforward. The Mobile App already contains the drillers’ name, the rig and the location.
With Digi-Plod the end result is a more efficient, more accurate, more accountable drilling operation that is in turn more reliable and responsive to mine planners.
Minnovare Digi-Plod: Drill plans just went digital!
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- No more tedious, unreliable paper system. Download drill plans (Digi-Plan) directly to the rig with actual drill data automatically captured by the Minnovare CORE Mobile App. The Digi-Plod feature allows the driller to enter additional comments and information important to the blast plan.
- Easy-to-use, intuitive, touch-screen Mobile Interface.
- Highly accurate drill-data down to the single hole, including the common data ‘blind-spots’ such as collar trajectory and toe point / break-through.