The goal of this project has been to digitise and use drill parameter data from rotary drilling (measurement while drilling; MWD) for a more effective planning of the blasting process in surface mines. A more accurate and reliable digital drilling and automatic hardness identification technology was developed, which includes both a hardware and software system. In the aspect of hardware, we designed a positioning, navigation and hardness perception terminal system which consists of a global positioning system original equipment manufacturer board, programmable logic controller and sensors of measuring major parameters, and a wireless data transmission system which combines digital blasting platform and wireless transmission facilities. In the aspect of software, we developed the navigation software of locating blastholes using LabVIEW and C++, and the blasthole design software using AutoCAD ActiveX (C#) technologies. This new technology is applied at Jiangxi Dexing Copper Mine, and initially realising the digitisation of drilling and hardness identification in blasting zone.
Duan, Y, Xiong, D, Yao, L, Wang, F and Xu, G, 2015. Advanced technology for setting out of blastholes and measurement while drilling, in Proceedings 11th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting, pp 593–598 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).