“Our software development program focuses quite heavily on process optimization through digitization, which has been accelerated by the onset of the pandemic.”
After a decade of success with its BLASTMAP blast planning software for surface application, Omnia Group company BME has released a version of this innovative solution for underground mining.
Sulphide-bearing ground presents numerous risks to users of ammonium nitrate (AN) based explosives, so blasting leader BME – part of the JSE-listed Omnia Group – has developed both the products and systems to manage safer blasting under these conditions.
The blast was conducted by BME, an Omnia Group company, at the end of 2020 at a manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Using its well-proven AXXIS electronic initiation system, BME was able to plan and execute a blast of 4,647 detonators. Just a few months earlier, the company had broken a previous record at the same mine by initiating 3,780 detonators in a single blast.