Sep 12, 2020

Drill and blast tool draws design honours

Drill and blast tool draws  design honours

State-of-the-art technology that captures real-time fragmentation measurement data for optimising drill and blast operations has won a Good Design Award Accolade.

FRAGTrack drew the honours in the Engineering Design category for Orica and design partners Design Anthology, Newie Ventures and Your Engineer Mechanical Design.

The Good Design Awards Jury praised FRAGTrack, commenting: “An innovative design that has the potential to improve commercial and safety outcomes in the mining and extractive industries that use drill and blast techniques. An excellent piece of engineering design using scanning and multi-camera technologies with extensive software engineering in a highly innovative application.”

Orica vice president of digital solutions Rajkumar Mathiravedu said the company had been able to develop this digital solution by combining more than 20 years of customer input, internal expertise and collaborations with market-leading specialists.

“Throughout the development process we’ve taken the time to listen to the needs of our customers, and then work with them to evolve the design and engineering to suit harsh mining conditions, delivering real impact and outcomes for them,” he said.

“It’s what makes this such a unique and impactful innovation, especially as our customers strive for greater competitive advantage in these challenging times.”

More than 55 Good Design Awards Jurors evaluated each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’.

Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in good design and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition at this level.

  • View more of this year’s winning projects HERE
Detailed design work went into the development of the technology.