With twenty years of innovation under our belt, Aquacrete’s commitment to leading the field in ventilation and strata control solutions is as strong as ever.
Having led the field with full-scale explosion testing of gypsum-based shotblast products as early as 1998, Aquacrete devices have been specified in more than 80% of underground coal mines and a growing base of hard rock mines.
However, the shift in focus in underground mining in recent years has seen a lot more emphasis being placed on engineered solutions that maintain structural integrity in a range of adverse environments.
Unprecedented weather patterns and geotechnical changes have meant that water-resistance and strata control play a significant role in ventilation planning.
In many instances, the risk of a device failure has the potential to be catastrophic so as mines age and become increasingly developed, more attention needs to be placed on monitoring structural integrity of installed devices.
And, whilst design and engineering principles around ventilation control devices are now commonplace, the ability to engineer water-retaining devices and structural barricades presents a breakthrough for life-of-mine planning. More importantly, establishing standards and specifications to measure the long-term structural integrity of devices is essential.
Earlier this year, we unveiled trial results that could set the standard for life-of-mine planning and design of structural devices in underground mines.
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