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SLOPE STABILITY RADAR DETECTS WALL FAILURE IN ADVANCE AT WCL, SAVES LIVES OF TWO PERSONS AND DAMAGES TO THEIR HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR.

24 Nov 15

GroundProbe’s Slope Stability Radar, supplied, installed & commissioned by Sujyoti at Sasti Opencast Mine of WCL Ballarpur has proved its utility within the first fortnight of its operation.

The Radar, which was commissioned on 6th October 2015, detected a wall failure on 16th October 2015. The Radar gave first alarm at 9.00 am on 16th October, showing the exact area of Dragline dump, where movement was recorded.

The Radar gave second alarm at 12.30 pm, when the Mine Management decided to withdraw men and machinery from the working coal-face.

At around 01.30 pm, the portion of the wall, detected by the Radar, collapsed resulting in sliding of material of 6000 m3 volume. An Hydraulic Excavator PC 650, which was deployed under the failed area, was removed before the actual failure. Thus, WCL could save the cost of its precious Mining Equipment and the lives of its two men, with the help of accurate & advance alarm given by the Radar. The mine produces 5000 T of coal every day.

The Radar software showed the movement in the wall as well as the photographic visual image of the area being scanned, which gave the exact location of the problem area, to take quick decision to evacuate.

The visual photographic image and radar image before failure. The red spot in the radar image showing high movement, while the cursor on the photograph shows exact location of this problem area.

The visual photographic image and radar image after failure. The radar image shows no movement, as the wall is stabilized now.

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