Geotechnical Capability Statement
The vision of Mikula Geotechnics is to pass on practical knowledge related to geotechnical issues in mines. We offers the following services for underground mines:
- Mentoring of site Geotechnical Engineers. This aims to assist, focus and direct engineers to enhance value-adding work, provide appropriate services, implement robust procedures, and operate within relevant standards and regulations.
- Phone / email / visit support. Telephone & email technical advice to the site geotechnical engineers will be available as a help-desk for the duration of the assignment.
- Audits. Underground geotechnical audits can be conducted for operating mines.
- Review of Ground Control Management Plan. The GCMP can be specifically reviewed and compared against site standards and legislated regulations/codes.
- Projects. Project packages related to areas of expertise (particularly seismicity and ground support) can be undertaken.
- R&D. R&D criteria for ATO tax purposes are wider than usually appreciated. There is great benefit in trialling new ways of solving mining issues, and practical R&D applications can often be identified.
- Industry Monitor. This aims to keep busy mine personnel aware of relevant new concepts, equipment and technologies.
Mikula Geotechnics is also currently developing capabilities in regard to:
- Roadbase stabilisation and dust control. Mines need to explore every means of reducing costs or increasing tonnes. Dealing with poor road sections is one avenue where small outlays may return significant improvements. Underground and surface road stabilisation technology has developed sufficiently to be attractive in many mining situations.
- Remote imaging methods. Mines need ways for detection of voids, structures, and metallic content, ranging from close distances (service holes, blasthole misfires, thin walls, open structures) to large distances (open pit floor voids, old underground workings, caving fronts).