Safety & Technical Insights – MineARC News

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Terry retells his story of being underground in a refuge chamber during an truck fire in an Australi
Understanding what it feels like to be in a refuge chamber can improve the response of entrapped per
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Will advances in technology to improve safety underground reduce current limitations and challenges
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Common misconceptions about refuge chamber servicing answered.
How long should a refuge chamber run for in stand-alone mode? Safe haven or refuge chamber duration
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December, 2018
Emergency communication systems in tunnelling are used to distribute information and instructions, m
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MineARC Systems announced as the 2018 Telstra Western Australian Business of the Year and winner of
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November, 2018
Safety is paramount in any tunnelling project. Trusted tunnelling safety initiatives safeguard again
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November, 2018
The modern mine refuge chamber is designed to host Internet-of-Things-enabled integrations, includin
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Emergency Response Team uses service training to better prepare for any event and provide all employ
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Every refuge chamber requires an emergency power source to maintain the life-sustaining equipment if
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In highly explosive environments, refuge chambers and safe havens can be adapted to withstand overpr
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MineARC Australia manufactures 1500th refuge chamber, MA1500 - a major milestone for the global safe
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October, 2018
A pressure system for shelter-in-place locations is critical to maintaining positive internal pres
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September, 2018
Four, 40-person ChemSAFE Standard Design safe havens were installed and commissioned at Yara Pilbara
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Fire dangers exist in underground mining and tunnelling operations.
Hydrogen Sulfide is naturally generated in situ from reservoirs and sulfate containing minerals
Refuge Chambers utilised in Malaysian Tunnel Project
September, 2018
Kuala Lumpur’s Mass Rapid Transport Underground development.
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September, 2018
Teams throughout Zambia showcased their technical skills and knowledge across a range of emergency s
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With the growth of safety requirements, refuge chambers have become commonplace
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Servicing and maintenance are a critical part of any organisation.
Safety Landscape across Africa
Mine safety is a global concern, with organisations continually investing time and resources to ensu
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IoT in mining has the potential to dramatically impact global safety standards
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Improving light quality will boost visual performance, enhancing the ability to detect hazards and t
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Refuge chamber commissioning is a vital step in emergency planning. However, it is often not conside
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September, 2018
India recently held a workshop on New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) and Tunnel Boring Machine (T
New Distributor for Korea
MineARC Systems is pleased to be partnering with the highly regarded and leading distributor B.L. Ko
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Heat can quickly accumulate inside a refuge chamber, increasing with each additional person.
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An organisation’s safety culture plays an important role in its development. The adoption and enha
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September, 2018
MineARC was recently invited to speak at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Zimbabwe Association
Refuge chambers are sealed environments, built to sustain life during an emergency or hazardous situ
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September, 2018
Langley Park, located in Perth CBD, Western Australia, hosted the 7th annual Mines Emergency Rescue
21 participants, including a psychologist, remained in a MineARC MineSAFE Refuge Chamber for 24 hour
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September, 2018
XV National Mine Rescue Competition finalists cancel contest to provide aid following Mexico City ea
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September, 2018
For the second year running, MineARC Systems recently sponsored the Zambia Mines Rescue Competition.
The Compact Aura-FX has evolved from the standard unit; designed specifically to be used with the
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Regularly servicing and performing maintenance checks on a refuge chamber will help ensure your equi
100 Refuge Chambers Built at MineARC Systems Africa
MineARC Systems African reached a milestone with the manufacture of their 100th refuge chamber, MAF-
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September, 2018
MineARC Systems North America awarded the first MineARC Scholarship to a recipient from South Dakota
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September, 2018
In 2017, MineARC sponsored the 13th Annual Nevada Underground Mine Rescue Contest in Winnemucca.
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In an underground environment, Methane concentrations are extremely hazardous
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MineARC Systems America manufactures their 500th refuge chamber, unit MAA-500.
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September, 2018
The reality is the South African coal mining industry is rapidly falling behind in good safety pract
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September, 2018
Poor refuge chamber maintenance, including inadequate part replacement and irregular servicing, has
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September, 2018
Recognised for the innovative design of the TunnelSAFE Multi Service Vehicle Refuge Chamber, the fir
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September, 2018
Developing a refuge chamber to meet the specific needs of the tunnelling industry...
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Numerous heat sources affect the internal temperature of a refuge chamber. A continuous build-up of
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Controlled (Closed) Ecological Life Support Systems (CELSS) and refuge chambers in space.
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August, 2018
Stench Gas contains Ethyl Mercaptan, although this gas is classed as flammable...
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August, 2018
N.B.C. (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical) Shelter uses AirGEN to purify air within the chamber.
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The primary control over the internal environment of a refuge chamber to ensure it can preserve life
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Positive pressure helps to prevent the ingress of airborne contaminants inside a refuge chamber.
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Controlling the internal temperature assists in maintaining the occupant's health and well-being...
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Chemical scrubbing is the process of removing undesired gases from the air using chemical reactions
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Why is it important to monitor gas levels in a sealed refuge chamber and how is this done?
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The main focus was to bring the mine, up to date with the latest modern equipment capable of being m
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On-site MineSAFE Training Refuge Chamber provided insight to Oyu Tolgoi team.
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July, 2018
In collaboration with Mopani Copper Mines PLC, to implement corrective action to strengthen the inte
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How does Carbon Monoxide enter a sealed refuge chamber and why is it necessary to remove this gas?
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Batteries provide a reliable Uninterruptable Power Supply to power a refuge chamber in the event...
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In sealed environments, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide can build up and poison the air...
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Refurbishment Program transforms damaged, worn or second-hand chambers into fully functioning, certi
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June, 2018
Each MineARC Coal Spec EnviroLAV is designed to be intrinsically safe for coal mining applications;
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June, 2018
MineARC’s new development in refuge chamber technology – the GuardIAN Remote Monitoring and Diag
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Fitted with the unique Compressed Air Management System, a 20 person MineSAFE Standard Design...
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Palabora Mining Company (PMC) embrace regular servicing and refuge chamber upgrades.
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June, 2018
Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL) purchase a MineARC MineSAFE Essential Design Refuge Chamber for their o
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Above and below ground sites throughout Africa, where space is a limiting factor, embrace compact to
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Safety needs to embrace technology in order to keep up with the continual changes to production and
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Oxygen levels of the “dead air space” will quickly be consumed without an additional source.
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March, 2018
MineARC commissioned our very first chambers in India. Built for Hindustan Zinc Limited, the world
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MineARC’s capacity to meet client specifications through customisation has aided in the developmen
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February, 2018
Disaster and extreme weather shelter designed for Australian extreme weather conditions
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February, 2018
The EnviroLAV Squat Pan toilet, a Western & Eastern combination-style configuration within the Dual
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November, 2017
With the vision to create a mine site that is technologically advanced and a leader in safety practi
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September, 2017
The 30-person TunnelSAFE Gantry Design (GD) Refuge Chamber is situated on a 7.76m diameter Herrenkne
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August, 2017
Methane Shut-Off System and Detection for Tunnelling Refuge Chambers installed in Egypt.
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July, 2017
The unique chambers will fit on to a Komatsu Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) for a 2700mm diameter sewer
Investing in Research and Development
The new Research and Development Centre, located in Perth, Western Australia, is a dedicated space f
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October, 2016
In a first for the tunnelling industry, an EnviroLAV toilet system for use on a tunnel boring machin
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Breathable air is air that can support life, has enough oxygen in its mix, and doesn’t contain con
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September, 2016
MineARC’s EnviroLAV Toilet System is making a big impact at the Porgera Joint Venture in Papua New
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A suite of advanced refuge technology, collectively known as MineARC's System Intelligence.
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Refuge chamber scrubbing systems use chemical reactions to remove contaminants from the air within a
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August, 2016
The underground mine environment poses a number of unique challenges for our people. As we work towa
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Zimbabwe is closer to becoming a leader among African nations with their stance on mine safety.
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July, 2016
MineARC Refuge Chambers are in high demand at the Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT), with a fourth TunnelSAF
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June, 2016
The ChemSAFE Utility Design Safe Haven was recommended as an appropriate solution for Chemours' Emer
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June, 2016
Multi-Service Vehicle Chamber for tunnelling is designed to be fitted with the client’s own remote
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Compressed Air Management System (CAMS) Flushing Airlock designed specifically for permanent refuge
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May, 2016
Attitudes towards health and safety within these coal sites are shifting, with a stronger emphasis o
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A dedicated Refuge Chamber Training Centre, located at MineARC's manufacturing facility in Perth, We
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April, 2016
MineARC invited to attend a reception at the residence of the Australian Ambassador for Vietnam, the
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April, 2016
The hydro-electric project, located high in the Chilean Andes south of Chile’s capital Santiago, a
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Kamoto implements a fully integrated electric stench gas mine alert system on-site in order to impro
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Working conditions in an underground mine can be extremely dangerous. There are numerous safety risk
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February, 2016
Collaborating with PetroChina Oil and Gasfield Southwest Company, to engineer a ChemSAFE Safe Haven
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The MediSAFE is a robust, self-contained structure designed to provide the necessary tools and a ste
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January, 2016
Once again the South African mining community has been rocked by the tragic news of another fatal in
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December, 2015
MineARC works with Site Skills and OceanaGold to increase the standard of mining safety in the Phili
December, 2015
Compressed Air Management System (CAMS) awarded the Global Safety Initiative of the Year accolade at
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MineARC South Africa delivers free refuge chamber Service School!