| Newcrest is a major mining company within Australia operating
several mines in the Orange (close to Bathurst) area, primarily
One of the challenges Newcrest faces, is the occurrence of very large
rock fragments which can jam a conveyor belt and costs many tens of
thousands of dollars in downtime. Giant machines smash
the solid rockface into pieces which are then dumped on to a conveyor
belt to be shipped back and up for processing and ore
extraction. But sometimes this pile of rock fragments at the coal face
contains huge chunks buried beneath the surface, and it is essential to
find (and splinter) them before they start their journey.
Allen Benter has eveloped the use of ground penetrating radar for
detecting hidden oversize rocks. It has proved very successful and
led to a best paper conference prize in 2009.