Codelco’s El Teniente Mine mainly uses the Panel Caving underground mining method, which generates a 12 km perimeter crater on the surface, in constant development and growth. On the surface, this represents a risk for people, animals or equipment near the crater, so having technology to monitor and restrict access to the area will reduce the potential for accidents.
Objective and scope:
To identify accessible and economically feasible technological solutions that allow to delimit the safety zone of the edge of the crater of the El Teniente Mine. These solutions are expected to facilitate access control and/or detect and alert the presence of people, animals or equipment, in real time and remotely.
The proposed technological solution must consider the following requirements:
Consultancies and engineering studies will not be considered in the evaluation process.
Although physical barriers have been implemented to restrict access to the El Teniente Mine crater rim safety zone, the possibility of unauthorized entry exists.
The possibility of access to the safety zone is permanent. Due to ignorance, unauthorized entry of third parties into private property.
The safety zone is delimited with the disposition of drums located every 50 meters. This barrier does not allow restricting the entrance of people or equipment.
No technological attempts for a solution have been carried out to date