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Digitalized Ground Support (DGS)

Digital technology for sustainable and safer mining operations

Digitalized Ground Support monitoring system 

for underground mines and tunnels

DGS uses high-performance sensors integrated with cable- or rock bolts and can detect deformations with better than 0.1 mm resolution. Anomalies are detected and transmitted in real-time to ThingWave Cloud, where alarms are sent out to alerts to mining companies. This increases safety for workers, ensures that production can run smoothly with an increased production capacity as a result. Deformation data from Smart rock bolts can be used for geotechnical planning and help optimize decisions on ground support issues.


ThingWave’s Digital Ground Support monitoring system is a perfect addition to mines, tunnels and infrastructure. Real-time data enables safer working environment, minimized maintenance costs, and improved productivity.


Smart rock bolts

ThingWave's offers geo technicians and mine engineers the ability to monitor changes of deformation of tunnels, drives, and galleries in real-time. If a rock bolt breaks or extends beyond its capabilities, an alarm is sent using email, SMS, or to the ThingWave mobile phone app.


Fall of Ground (FoG) detectors

FoG is one of the main cause of injuries, production stops and can be very costly. 

ThingWave's FoG detectors work as a complement to modern geophone-based solutions to identify even very small local events such as rocks that fall down or very small rock bursts.

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Convergence and tilt sensors

ThingWave's sensors can be used to detect convergence of tunnels, or tilt of walls and other load bearing structures. Indicated deformations will be sent to the client  to report an anomaly.

Different models of rock bolt monitoring sensors 

provided by ThingWave:

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Why to use Smart rock bolts?


Real-time data provided by Smart rock bolts allow engineers to assess the stability of the tunnel and identify potential risks promptly.

Collected data transmitted wirelessly to a central monitoring system, allowing engineers to access and analyze the information remotely. This remote accessibility not only saves time but also improves decision-making efficiency. By automating data collection and analysis, project teams can focus their efforts on critical tasks, resulting in improved overall productivity and project timelines to ensure the safety of workers and the longevity of the tunnel structure.

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Different models of RBM sensors
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