Developed and manufactured by Elexon Mining, the Cave Tracker System was devised in collaboration with Newcrest, Mining3 (formerly CRC Mining) and Rio Tinto.
Cave Tracker provides real-time insight into cave flow and cave propagation. This technology mitigates the risks of block caving. For the first time ever, you can see what’s actually happening in your block cave. For example, you will be able to detect air gaps forming, and manage them before they pose a threat.
Cave Tracker uses magnetic beacons embedded in the orebody which are spun at a particular speed to generate a magnetic field.
The system operates through a series of beacons that are embedded in the mine, which can be tracked in 3D as they move with the fragmented rock of the ore-body. The ability to track beacon movement allows mine engineers to determine which parts of the cave are moving and which parts are not.
These beacons are wireless and robust. They are able to remain underground for years and easily withstand the rigours of the harsh underground environment.