By Envirosuite

Today’s mines need to rely on highly accurate data and insights from quickly fluctuating environmental conditions. Effective noise, vibration, dust and air quality monitoring can be the difference between remaining operational or shutting down.

At many mining sites, traditional ways of managing dust no longer delivers performance that benefit production goals.

It’s imperative that operators only focus on the areas and issues that matter. New ways of doing business need to be geared towards helping businesses avoid impacts or to improve operations, supported by high quality analysis that is delivered to the people that need it, when they need it.

“If you go beyond standard Environmental Monitoring and use an application like ‘Environmental Intelligence’, you can accurately predict when you’re likely to have a dust event in the future, and so, you can tailor your action response around that”, said Ryan Smyth, Managing Director of Stratium Group.


Environmental Intelligence system is built on a predictive management approach to assist operational mine planning with:

  • High quality weather forecast data provides mine operators with details to plan alternative operating scenarios or make best use of the unavoidable downtime due to weather.
  • Wind speed forecasts can assist mine planners to optimise dust control activities, resulting in better use of costly water resources during favourable conditions or targeted higher-level dust management during unfavourable weather conditions

Understanding the optimum time to carry out blasting operations and unloading haul-road trucks is critical in maintaining a successful environmental management plan for mining projects. Scheduling operations based on changes in the weather also has a direct impact on the bottom line.

Gain operational value from your dust monitoring network to save water usage costs by finding problematic emission sources faster. Simulate and refine Triggered Action Response Plans (TARP) to avoid incidents and lower operational downtime. Lower overhead costs by scheduling training activities during periods of high risk.

With the help of Environmental Intelligence system, operators could act on weather and schedule activities at the right time, so they could lower risk by and reduce expenditure by scheduling operational activities at the right times based on site-specific weather forecasts.

In addition, applying Environmental Intelligence solutions on mine site operation helps make better long-term decisions and lower risk, so operators could see how previous weather and environmental events impacted operations to better manage future impact and enhance operational efficiency.

Environmental Intelligence can add significant value to mining operations by developing more innovative ways to operate. According to a new research report by Frost & Sullivan in partnership with Envirosuite, only a third of organisations (32%) use advanced digital tools for environmental management, while a further 38% of respondents are at the ‘planning’ or ‘watching and learning’ stages globally.

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