The Resurgence of Hydromining

By |December 12th, 2019|Blog|

Hydromining or Hydraulic Mining has its history in the California Gold rush days of the mid 19th Century, where it was used to wash entire hillsides through enormous sluices. The process was simple, large volumes of high pressure water were fed through nozzles (called monitors) to create powerful jets that would cut through soft surface [...]

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CASE STUDY: Underground Vertical Dam Plug

By |November 27th, 2019|Blog|

Completed: 2018 Location: Philippines Key Points: The engineering and design of a 340m³ concrete plug for a 9 megalitre vertical dam to support 60m of head pressure Detailed construction methodology Collaboration with site geotechnical engineers Design of concrete plug steel reinforcement Design of cast in spooling Design of shotcrete formwork Procurement support Onsite construction management [...]

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CASE STUDY: Steel Chimney Stack Inspection & Analysis

By |November 17th, 2019|Blog|

Completed: 2018 Location: South Australia Key Points: Site structural inspection leads to delivering a cost-efficient maintenance plan Detailed structural engineering expertise utilised Inspection summary/recommendation report delivered 2030 design life has been calculated to be achieved The Brief IME Consultants (IMEC) were engaged to complete conceptual design engineering of a temporary aluminium platform required to access [...]

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CASE STUDY: Piston Diaphragm Pump Station Feasibility Study

By |September 25th, 2019|Blog|

Completed: 2018 Location: Underground Mine Australia Key Points: High head (528m total dynamic head), high flow (100-150 L/s) “Dirty” hyper saline ground water Large piston diaphragm pump selected Capital cost, schedule and design estimation required The Brief IMEC were engaged to complete the prefeasibility design, engineering and costing of a new primary pump station for [...]

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Let’s meet Marty Abbott

By |September 19th, 2019|Blog|

Growing up in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia’s goldfields might seem like a tough rugged environment to take your first steps, but for Marty Abbott Managing Director of IMEC, it was that setting growing up that gave him the insight into the industry he lives and breathes today. Now based back in Ireland where he lives [...]

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VR Pump Station Design

By |June 29th, 2018|Blog|

IMEC's latest UG pump station design has 4 pumps, 80 metres of monorails, 71 valves, over 200 metres of steel piping and a maze of cable trays overhead. Not to mention seperate switchroom areas and transformer chambers. With such a large quantity of key parameters to consider,  immersing our designers and the client in a 1:1 [...]

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Mining in the Era of Big Data: A.I. in Mine Dewatering

By |June 8th, 2018|Blog|

Industries of all kinds are being shaken up by contemporary big data technologies, and the mining industry is one of them. Increasingly, leading companies are actively seeking new value opportunities and embracing new operational practices centered around machine learning and big data. Such initiatives to date include integrating predictive analytics into day-to-day operator workflows, investing [...]

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Rethinking Mine Dewatering

By |September 15th, 2017|Blog|

There’s no hiding the fact that effective mine dewatering is key to an efficient mining operation. As we delve deeper into the Earth’s crust and the ingress of water into the operating mine increases, is it enough to just add more pumps to the system to get the water out? This reactive approach is all too [...]

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How VR will Impact the Mining Industry

By |August 20th, 2017|Blog|

It seems that everyone is talking about the entertainment possibilities of Virtual Reality, with new games and virtual experiences launching almost every week. VR has become a fixture at every gaming expo and tech conference, with content flooding the market even before we have reliable technical standards. While admittedly still in its infancy, VR technology [...]

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Mining in Ireland

By |February 8th, 2017|Blog|

In an age where innovation & disruptive technology are at the forefront of the mining industry, it can be challenging to view our ancestors and their efforts as technologically advanced. But for their era with the knowledge and technology that was available, their achievements are amazing.            Copper [...]

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