BMT releases improved flight-enabled detector for post-blast data acquisition

Blast Movement Technologies has released a new and improved flight enabled detector, FED 2.0. This specially fitted unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) offers a safer, more expedient solution to post-blast monitoring with improved detection depths of up to 12 metres.

By adhering to strict ‘stand-off’ guidelines, FED 2.0 enables the swift retrieval of BMM (Blast Movement Monitor) location data post blast, without the need to walk the muck-pile.

Significant upgrades from FED 1.0

BMT had released its first UAV detector in November 2019, which pioneered the way for alternate, semi-automated solution to retrieve BMM sensor data.

Like FED1.0, FED 2.0 is based on the DJI Matrice M600Pro flying platform. However, FED 2.0. features an automated winch mechanism to lower the detector closer to the surface and away from the main UAV body. This ensures greater detection depths and lessens the interference from the motor and blades.

Collaboration with Insitu Pacific

The winch was developed in partnership with Australia-based, unmanned systems specialist, Insitu Pacific, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Insitu ensured that the new winch technology works seamlessly with the existing FED ground control software, as well as introduced several other user experience improvements.

Improved features

FED 2.0 features an automated flight control and customisable flight plan. It has a built-in GNSS receiver to enhance positioning information and a vertical and horizontal collision detection system. It can also resume the mission after low battery replacement from the point where it was suspended.

The on-board computer allows for immediate processing of incoming data, ensuring access to the movement data while resolving safety and environmental considerations.

About Blast Movement Technologies

Blast Movement Technologies is a leader in post-blast ore location and recovery, helping resource companies improve profitability. The company was acquired by Hexagon AB in January 2020. BMT’s unique solution accurately measures 3-dimensional blast movement to increase ore yield and minimise loss, dilution, and misclassification that occurs post-blast.

BMT’s blast movement monitoring system, designed and manufactured in Brisbane, Australia, is exported to customers throughout Africa, Europe, North and South America, Australia, Central Asia, Russia, and CIS. The BMM System has been fully implemented at more than 133 mines in 41 countries for use in all commodities, including copper, gold, iron ore, nickel, platinum, silver, and zinc.

“With many mines focussed on recovering more ore quickly and safely, our FED 2.0 continues our journey towards an autonomous future”

Management comments

Blast Movement Technologies CEO Jacques Janse said: “With many mines focussed on recovering more ore quickly and safely, our FED 2.0 continues our journey towards an autonomous future. This safety aspect, along with the increased detection depths, opens up the ability to use our BMM system in more mines.”

Images: Blast Movement Technologies
Written By Tristan Gray
Originally from Canada, Tris trained as a journalist but early in her career moved into marketing and advertising. Tris now spends her days managing the systems and processes while overseeing all company operations.