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PROVIX deploy camera system for drilling and bolting at Diavik diamond mine

first_imgPROVIX has recently deployed two Pan/Tilt and Zoom cameras to bolters at Rio Tinto’s remote Diavik diamond mine in North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. A complex video camera system was required to support remote drilling and bolting operations.PROVIX designed and manufactured a triple camera video system, initially for a Boltec Bolter for underground operation at Diavik. The first PTZ video system was deployed in the spring of 2013 and after a successful trial and familiarisation period, Diavik has outfitted their remotely operated bolters and jumbos with the same PROVIX camera system.The two rugged Pan/Tilt and Zoom cameras were fitted on either side of the bolter, to provide visual guidance and support for both drilling, bolting and screening operations. A smaller fixed camera was added to provide a constant frame of reference for the equipment operator, who is positioned about 100 feet back from the face. The operator runs both the Tele-Remote controls and the PROVIX video system from the safety of a sea-can, where three large LCD monitors provide an up close and personal display of the back, the face, the booms, the screens and the positioning of the drill.User feedback indicates that drilling is up to 50% faster than when performing the same bolting operation without the PROVIX camera system. When asked for feedback on the video system both supervisors and operators stated conclusively that the operator can view  the work area and the task at hand, more effectively on the large LCD monitors, than if they are actually in the cab of the bolter. I’m including the comments from the production engineer at Diavik.“We had our first test with the bolter and camera system this morning.  I can say without reservation that we are extremely pleased with the results we got.  Our operator was very pleased and was able to start bolting right away and had no issues using the camera controls”.The rugged robotic PROVIX PTZ camera has been designed hazardous environments and is suited for both surface and underground mining operations as well as other applications in construction, petroleum processing and oil field applications: the cameras are ideal for vehicle and equipment mounting for remote operation, process monitoring and with up to 26x zoom capability, surveillance of any activity.The high speed PTZ cameras are shock-proof with upgraded bearings and with integrated pan, tilt and 26x optical zoom. The reinforced metal camera housing is literally bullet proof and has been constructed to be resistant to flying rocks and debris and includes an integrated wiper system for lens cleaning during operation.last_img read more

Taoiseach rules out giving voting rights to all in Seanad elections

first_img“That’s an issue that we need to look at for all future referenda, but I think people will be even more confused about elements of how the Senate might be structured,” Kenny said today.The government intends to legislate for a 1979 referendum result which would extend the franchise for elections to all third-level graduates, but proposals allowing for everybody in the State who is eligible to have a vote have been ruled out.The Taoiseach said he did not “believe that the framers of the Constitution intended that you’d have a universal suffrage for the Senate in the same way as the Dáil”, pointing to the political deadlock in the US because of disputes between the House of Representatives and the Senate.No more referendumsHe also said he had “no intention of going back for another referendum” regarding the Seanad following the defeat of the proposal to abolish it in October.Kenny met with Seanad and political party leaders in Leinster House today to discuss how Standing Orders could be changed to give the upper house greater powers of scrutiny.He said that the Seanad’s Committee on Procedures and Privileges (CPP) will look at issues such as allowing the upper house to have scrutiny of European legislation, and for Ministers and committee chairpersons to come into the chamber to deal with Oireachtas Committee reports.He also said that there needed to be better planning so as that Ministers can be given notice to come to the Seanad when they are requested to do so by Senators during the Order of Business.“So I think there are quite a number of procedural issues that we can deal with to make the running of the Seanad, within the existing constraints of the Constitution, far more effective and I would like to see that happen,” he said today.He also said that other issues, including possible further legislation, will be dealt with by “a task force representative of the different groupings” within the Oireachtas, which will look at “the implication of any other piece of legislation that might be involved here”.Read: All third-level graduates to get vote as part of Seanad reforms agreed by CabinetEnda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’ THE SEANAD SHOULD have a role to scrutinise European legislation and Oireachtas committee reports, but there will be no more referendums on the issue and no universal suffrage for elections to the upper house, the Taoiseach has said.Enda Kenny was speaking today as he cited a report from Referendum Commission about the two recent referendums which he said showed that 55 per cent of those who voted were unclear about the ballot papers and what they meant.last_img read more