A Digital Twin is a modern, digitally simulated version of the physical world. Offers advanced visualisations and user-friendly interfaces to assist the operator in understanding what is going on in the mine.
Contains three other significant applications:
- Geospatial digital twins
- Network digital twins.
Advantages to Digital Twins:
- Digital twins help operators check performance, find issues, and avoid breakdowns.
- Digital twins improves safety training, lowers on-site risks, and increases emergency response readiness.
- Digital twins optimise processes by simulating various parameters, enhancing efficiency, and minimising waste.
- Digital twins enhance mining sustainability through real-time environmental data integration for data validation and correction.
- Digital twins empower end users (operators, engineers and managers) with user-friendly interfaces, training, and feedback mechanisms.
Innovative Wireless Technologies (IWT) is creating a high-precision tracking solution accurate to one foot.
The tracking solutions, integrated into mine management processes, allow for quick decision-making and adjustments to changing conditions.
This complements the supplier’s expanding range of products for real-time tracking of assets and personnel in underground mines and on the surface.
Artificial Intelligence analyses vast amounts of data quickly.
It also provides precise stockpile measurements, a task that can now be done quickly and cost-effectively in-house.
Virtual Reality enhances class engagement and student awareness of hazards.
VR increases safety by recognising hazards and blind spots.
Most large-scale coal mines have constructed digital geological models of their coal mines.
Models simulate and define coal deposits, resulting in a more precise visualisation.
The geological model can be continuously updated due to the volume of data it collects.
The coal mining industry uses a range of engineering techniques to design the layout and dimensions of an underground mine workings so that surface subsidence can be anticipated and controlled.
There are also a number of other mining innovations that ensure coal mines can improve their environmental and social governance performance and transition towards low emissions operations through several measures:
- Efficiency Improvements: Maintaining high combustion efficiency at flares, gas engines, and related equipment through process control systems can help reduce emissions.
- Hazard Elimination: Eliminating hazards such as underground storage tanks and polychlorinated biphenyl compounds can reduce environmental risks.
- Substitution of Environmentally Sound Products: Replacing harmful products with environmentally friendly alternatives, such as using detergents instead of chlorinated solvent cleaning solutions, can help improve environmental performance.
- Waste Minimisation and Recycling: Implementing extensive waste-minimisation and recycling efforts can significantly reduce the environmental impact of coal mining operations.
- Electrification: Transitioning to electric vehicles and machinery can reduce the reliance on fossil fuels.
- Renewable Energy Use: Utilising renewable energy sources for operations can significantly reduce carbon emissions.
- AI and Machine Learning: These technologies can gather enormous amounts of data to inform operational decisions, including those affecting the environment.
- Automation: Implementing automation in mining operations and equipment can reduce energy costs.
- Methane Abatement: Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is often released during coal mining operations. Implementing measures to capture and utilise this methane can significantly reduce the environmental impact of coal mining.