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“Reactive ground” is a situation that can lead to an unexpected blast which is why blasting and explosives specialist BME, understand that blast areas always need to be tested first to see if they are reactive.

Mining at great depths - the standard for South African mines - places inherent safety risks on miners who have to cope with arduous working conditions and narrow reef stopes whilst handling explosives. But, says BME, the increasing acceptance of pumpable emulsions in the deep mining environment, is literally showing ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.

Bulk emulsion explosives have come a long way since BME introduced double-salt – ammonium nitrate and calcium nitrate (AN/CN) – cold emulsion products into South Africa over 30 years ago.

Drones have found many exciting uses in various industries, but have only recently seen action in the opencast mining sector. As a company at the forefront of innovation, BME has mastered the art of utilising drones at all their blasting sites, capturing data for the planning, monitoring, execution and analysis of blasts.

Better, quicker communication and analysis of blast data from the work-face is the next big step in improving the quality of blasting. The power of computers has long been embraced by BME’s Blasting Science unit, taking the design, initiation and evaluation of blasts to new heights. Now, that technology is taking a quantum leap into the hands of users – through the power of the ‘app’ on smartphones and tablets.

BME is using drones and apps for mobile phones and tablets as part of its technology-driven efforts to help mines blast accurately, reliably, safely, and profitably.

BME combines its specialised underground emulsions with state-of-the-art explosive delivery technology – recently pumping its Megapump double-salt emulsion almost 320 metres vertically down into a local gold mine. This is the first time that emulsions have been pumped to this depth, and it is proving to be a revolutionary concept for underground mining efficiency.