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Perilya embraces changing technology

Tuesday, 21st February, 2012

ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY: Perilya projects superintendent Dean Johnstone with one of the control sets used for remote mining. ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY: Perilya projects superintendent Dean Johnstone with one of the control sets used for remote mining.

They may be plumbing the historic depths in one of Australia’s most historic mine leases, but Perilya’s miners are riding a wave of technological advances which would make their forefathers gasp.

The picture of the miner with pick and shovel, laboring at the face of an ore body must now be relegated to folklore and history, because in the caverns deep underneath Broken Hill there’s a whole new world opening up.

Picture a massive loader worth a few million dollars deep in the dark belly of the earth, then add to that picture a miner with almost video-game like controls and two television screens - now put that miner in a clean, air conditioned office above ground and you have the miner of the not-too-distant future.

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