Large Diameter Raise Boring - An overview, its application and considerations

Dennis Martin,
Abstract Traditionally in hard rock mining, large diameter raise boring was thought of as 3.04 metre or 3.66 metre diameter holes 300 metres deep. Mine and ventilation engineers were challenged to design
systems either incorporating such holes, or slashing and modifying to suit. Now, 5.49 metre diameter holes up to 1,000 metres deep are being excavated. The ability to pilot and ream such holes not only creates new options for mine engineers in mine ventilation system design, but also creates new opportunities in mine access.
By combining holes of this diameter with the ability to accurately drill long pilot holes within the diameter of the pilot hole through
the entire length of the hole, borehole hoisting systems are now fully capable of being main production or service accesses for mines. This paper will review the present day capabilities of large diameter raise boring, potential applications for such excavations and some considerations for companies contemplating using large diameter raise boring in their operations.
Keywords: Hard rock, risk and mitigation, Waste, Procurement, Deep shaft, large diameter, contractual format, Safety, raise bore, geotechnical
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