Exclusive video: Drilling automation workshop features leading mining innovators

Posted on 05 March 2013

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Drilling Contractor associate editor Katherine Scott speaks with John de Wardt, president of De Wardt and Company, at the SPE/IADC Drilling Systems Automation symposium on 4 March, jointly held by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee. The symposium preceded the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam. Mr de Wardt was a primary organizer of the workshop. He also served as moderator of the sessions, which featured Andrew Stokes and Eric Nettleton from Rio Tinto, an integrated mining company. Mr Stokes and Mr Nettleton talked about the company’s Mine of the Future program, a project that is pushing Rio Tinto’s mining operations to new levels of automation and remote operations.

Werner Burger, Herrenknecht, spoke at the SPE/IADC Drilling Systems Automation symposium on 4 March about a large-diameter shaft boring system that is part of Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future program.

Werner Burger, Herrenknecht, spoke at the SPE/IADC Drilling Systems Automation symposium on 4 March about a large-diameter shaft boring system that is part of Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future program.

Dr Roland Tucks, AkerWirth, explained the benefits of his company’s Mobile Tunnel Miner 6, a tunnel boring system for underground tunneling and mining, developed in conjunction with Rio Tinto, at the SPE/IADC Drilling Systems Automation symposium on 4 March.

Dr Roland Tucks, AkerWirth, explained the benefits of his company’s Mobile Tunnel Miner 6, a tunnel boring system for underground tunneling and mining, developed in conjunction with Rio Tinto, at the SPE/IADC Drilling Systems Automation symposium on 4 March.

Also speaking at the workshop were Dr Roland Tücks from AkerWirth and Werner Burger of Herrenknecht, who each discussed specific components used in the Mine of the Future program. Dr Tücks described AkerWirth’s Mobile Tunnel Miner 6, a mechanical excavation method that he said speeds up mining development, is safer than the conventional drill and blast method and has brought about a 60% decrease in drilling and bolting, which translates into cost savings. Mr Burger discussed Herrenknecht’s mechanized shaft boring system that helps vertically access deep ore bodies with a 180° rotating head. The detailed design is finished, he said, and the equipment is currently looking for a testing site.

Click here for more information on AkerWirth’s Mobile Tunnel Miner 6.

Click here for more information on Herrenknecht’s shaft boring system.

Mine of the Future is a trademark of Rio Tinto.

Fred Florence, NOV, outgoing chairman of the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) discussed the group’s current and upcoming plans, including work on an interoperability pilot project.

Fred Florence, NOV, outgoing chairman of the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) discussed the group’s current and upcoming plans, including work on an interoperability pilot project.

Michael Behounek, Apache, was elected the new chairman of DSATS at the SPE/IADC Drilling Systems Automation symposium in Amsterdam.

Michael Behounek, Apache, was elected the new chairman of DSATS at the SPE/IADC Drilling Systems Automation symposium in Amsterdam.

Thomas Geehan, MI-SWACO, provided an update on activities of the IADC ART Committee, including the Business Solutions for Drilling Automation Workshop that will be held at the IADC World Drilling Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in June.

Thomas Geehan, MI-SWACO, provided an update on activities of the IADC ART Committee, including the Business Solutions for Drilling Automation Workshop that will be held at the IADC World Drilling Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in June.

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