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Optimization is key. With more demand for productivity, you need to keep up and generate an ROI for any investment you make. As a solution with more functionality and a significant increase in accuracy and efficiency, the Miner Operated Survey System (MOSS) is a total underground solution, proving its ROI almost immediately!

Accuracy and efficiency are two critical elements in the mining industry today. It is crucial that miners follow mine plans accurately to be as efficient as possible. With each meter of advance, there is a chance of overbreak, underbreak, and deviation from the designed mine plan. These three factors can result in a substantial loss in money and time. Overbreak, as well as damaged zone, significantly impacts the project cost, construction period, safety and performance of the underground structures.

The Miner Operated Survey System (MOSS) is an underground surveying software that supports a wide range of Leica robotic total stations, including the latest state-of-the-art MS60 3D face-mapping technology. MOSS integrates mine design specifications and drawings when completing mark-ups, and provides real-time information to miners, engineers and geologists. The software is fully matured and packed with decades of input from miners, geologists and engineers.

Operations, engineering, and geology departments at a mine are consistently kept up-to-date on the progress of all active headings. Mishaps at the face can be addressed the day-of, instead of in days or weeks, which can prevent expensive rework. 

MOSS has been proven to help reduce overbreak by 10-15% by enforcing best practices. Miners are provided ample feedback to help their drilling improve, stay consistent and prevent them from deviating from design. Miners can see how well they are progressing and will have more accountability for their work.

Using MOSS to collect the necessary data is a one-man job, thereby reducing manpower cost while increasing safety by having fewer people in the development heading.

With MOSS implemented in active headings, we see a direct result to improved workflow and faster cycle times. The real-time data MOSS is able to capture and provide solutions for: Comparison between Mine Design and Actual Blast, Setting of Line and Grade, Collar Drill Hole Location, 3D drill Pattern Generator, Face Scanning and Photos, and Cavity Monitoring. The entire seven-step process takes on average twenty to twenty-five minutes.

3D face-mapping technology. MOSS integrates mine design specifications and drawings when completing mark-ups, and provides real-time information to miners, engineers, and geologists. MOSS can reduce overbreak to under 10%, as well as providing very accurate line and grade markups for every round

Our MOSS solution helps to optimize your mine by guiding the miner to accurately mark up the face, calculating the centreline, crank line, and smoke marks for the miner all in just less than 13 minutes! MOSS streamlines the entire process of marking the face for accurate and efficient rounds each time, as well as bringing the data to the surface!

With MOSS, the engineer’s plan for the mine is followed accurately, measuring each face with real-time results, ensuring that the miners can get to the ore as efficiently and accurately as possible.

MOSS has proven direct cost savings due to the real-time data provided to the miner at the face. Each time the MOSS process is completed, the mine plans are updated, this results in newly updated plans every day. After the tablet is synced, surface workers can quickly see overbreak or underbreak, deviation from mine design, topes, and volumetric data. See an immediate return on investment in direct relation to more accurate metrics to month-end reconciliations and financials.

Increased Line & Grade

The MOSS solution helps to optimize your mine by guiding the miner to accurately markup the face, calculating the centreline, crank line and smoke marks for the miner all in just less than 13 minutes. MOSS streamlines the entire process of marking the face for accurate and efficient rounds each time, as well as bringing the data to the surface.

Reduction in Overbreak & Underbreak

“Studies show that most mines are looking at an overbreak of up to 15%.” (Lalonde, 2016). When a mine uses MOSS it drastically reduces overbreak and underbreak – by 10-15%, and takes the guessing out of the process.

Reduction of Costly Reworks

As the demand for mineral and metal deposits grow, energy costs fluctuate and profit margins tighten, a mine’s ability to keep up in the most efficient way is key. Recognizing that technology is essential for success is the way forward. The MOSS solution helps to optimize your mine by guiding the miner to accurately mark up the face, calculating the centreline, crank line, and smoke marks for the miner all in just less than 13 minutes! MOSS streamlines the entire process of marking the face for accurate and efficient rounds each time, as well as bringing the data to the surface!

Developmental & Production Stage Efficiency

When it comes to having a competitive edge in the mining industry, integrating technology, automating, and optimizing workflow are the keys to a total mine solution. MOSS integrates mine design specifications and drawings when completing markups, and provides real-time information to the Miners, Engineers, and Geologists.

Mine From Design with MOSS

  • Overbreak / Underbreak – reduce by up to 10-15%
  • Accuracy for line and grade at every round
  • Prevent errors and the need for costly reworks
  • Efficiency in the development and production stages

It is crucial that miners follow mine plans accurately to be the most efficient possible. With each meter of advance, there is a chance of overbreak, underbreak, and deviation from the designed mine plan. These three factors can result in a substantial loss in money and time. Over-break, as well as damaged zone, significantly impacts the project cost, construction period, safety and performance of the underground structures.

MOSS Results:  

The end result from this 20 minute activity is:

  • Every round is surveyed (Tope, back, floor)
  • Every face is profiled and evaluated for over/under break
  • Month End volume calculations are 80% more accurate and done daily
  • Exact design centerline and grade lines are marked for every round
  • Exact design drill steel collars are located on the blast face
  • Every face is scanned and photographed for Geological mapping
  • All ground support is documented
  • We estimate a 10-15% reduction in over break offering an immediate ROI

F.A.Q

MOSS isn't just survey equipment

The MOSS system helps the miner to follow mine plans as  accurately and efficiently as possible. With each meter of advance, there is a chance for overbreak, underbreak, and deviation from the designed mine plan to occur. 

With MOSS mine design specifications and drawings are integrated into the system. When completing mark-ups, real-time information is provided to miners, engineers and geologists, increasing efficiency, and accuracy to the original design. Mine to design with MOSS.

What makes it different from the older methods?

It is crucial that miners follow mine plans accurately to be as efficient as possible. With MOSS, there is less chance for mistakes to occur that could result in a substantial loss in money and time. Even a beginner miner can accurately and efficiently use MOSS and have little overbreak at each face.

Will miners even like to use this technology?

Miners learn to love using MOSS when marking-up a face underground because of the ease of use and communication from the software – they take pride in seeing the results from their work.

Is quality of work compromised for efficiency?

Quality is a significant factor that MOSS helps to improve with it’s attention to accuracy and efficiency – two critical elements in the mining industry today. Miner’s won’t have to sacrifice time or otherwise, as it makes their job easier and more rewarding. Miners take pride of workmanship when they can see direct results in real-time to compare the markup with the engineer’s design.

Who can use MOSS?

Miners of all skill levels can benefit from MOSS but especially beginners and with a new generation of miners joining the workforce that are used to using technology for every task it is a smooth learning process. A wealth of information is gathered during the markup process which is sent directly to operations, engineering and geology for immediate evaluation, which helps the entire mine.

What if the tripod gets hit /moved?

If the miner hits the tripod, say from tripping over it, MOSS alerts the miner right away about the instrument coming off level and won’t allow you to go forward.

MOSS 2019 Updates:

With the release of the 10 new MOSS product features, on Jan. 1st, 2019 MOSS is even more streamlined and efficient than before. Each of the new features aim to reduce time, reduce errors, improve workflow and increase efficiency overall.

1️- MOSS Field junction and slash layout 

2️- Junction and Slash Design

3️- MOSS Field Long Hole Layout 

4️- Long Hole Design 

5️- Automatic Field Alimak MOSS layout 

6️- Alimak Layout Design – Safety

7️- One click Plot manager 

8️- MOSS layer explore for Hierarchy

9️ – MOSS upgrade to UI (user interface) 

10 – MOSS point cloud for every face.

We’re always continuing to develop MOSS to stay ahead of the game, we’ll never settle for not advancing. Becoming even more efficient is always a fun challenge.

Looking For MOSS Support?

MOSS with Hexagon Mining

Being able to visually see how the previous round broke and drastically reducing overbreak is revolutionizing the way underground operations conduct daily tasks. 

Pairing MOSS with Hexagon Mining’s Mine Operate UG Pro will allow for sites to digitally connect their underground operations. By digitizing, connecting, and optimizing your underground mine, investment in MOSS and MineOperate UG Pro will pay for itself by avoiding one significant, unplanned downtime event!

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