BHP – Olympic Dam Mine




Olympic Dam, South Australia, Australia


Underground diamond drilling

Project Challenges

  • 60 new Mitchell employees in a new state
  • Ground conditions
  • Mine productivity and access
  • Faults and shear zones
  • Ramp up from 1 to 8 rigs
  • Rig commissioning and equipment onboarding

Our Approach and Equipment Used

  • 2 X Boart Longyear MDR700 Manitou mounted drill rig
  • 6 X LMA90 drill rigs
  • Auto drill technology
  • Diamond rod handlers
  • Integrated carrier

Client Outcomes

  • Minimal contractor related standby
  • Record metres drilled in a single month
  • Material cost per metre decrease
  • Deepest underground hole ever drilled at site
  • Diamond rod handling
  • Auto drill functionality materially increasing productivity

Planning to Drill?

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