A Year of GPS at Fording Coal Limited, Greenhills operations
Fording Greenhills first acquired GPS (Global Positioning System) technology with the commissioning
of a GPS-based dispatch system in December 1994. The second exposure to satellite technology came with the conversion of the conventional optical survey system to a high-resolution GPS system in June 1995. In September 1995, a GPS-based grade control system was tested on the largest shovel (Marion 301 — 58 cubic yard). In January 1996, the system was added to all of the cable shovels (2 P&H 2800s). All three applications of GPS at Greenhills are fully operational and producing positive results. This paper will focus on the practical application of GPS in a mining environment and the effect that GPS technology has had on the Greenhills Mine.