GroundProbe and the Shenyang Branch of China Coal Research Institute (SYCCRI) have signed an agreement to bring world leading Slope Stability Radar technology into Chinese mines. The use of Slope Stability Radar (SSR) will improve the safety and productivity of these mines.
The agreement, signed in Dalian (China) on 3 June 2009 by the CEO of GroundProbe, Lyle Bruce, and the president of SYCCRI, Dr Wang Jian Guo, creates an alliance between the organisations, which includes distribution and support of SSR systems in China by SYCCRI, and cooperation on future technology development.
SSR is a unique technology using radar and visual imaging to monitor the stability of mine walls. Its application in China marks a new era of mine safety in that region. Under the agreement signed with GroundProbe, SYCCRI will soon receive the first SSR system to be deployed in China, bringing the number of countries where GroundProbe's SSR technology is applied to 16.
Renowned internationally for its creation of the Slope Stability Radar, Brisbane-based GroundProbe's core business is the provision of precise information for risk management in mining and infrastructure. This is GroundProbe's first move into the Chinese market, building on direct GroundProbe activities throughout the international mining industry. GroundProbe's CEO, Lyle Bruce, said: "It is important that we have a strong partner in supporting this technology in China. SYCCRI is renowned for its technical excellence and leadership in Chinese mining and together we are excited about making Chinese mines safer."
SYCCRI is a science/technology enterprise that integrates scientific research, safety, mine design, inspection procedures and equipment at Chinese mining operations and provides higher education primarily for the coal sector.
In addition to supplying SSR systems, GroundProbe will provide technical training on SSR support and maintenance to dedicated SYCCRI engineers, and SYCCRI will develop competencies to meet GroundProbe's training and accreditation regime, allowing local support of systems in China.
The agreement creates a structured business plan and model for the distribution and maintenance of the Slope Stability Radar in the Peoples Republic of China, increasing GroundProbe's global footprint, while changing the scenario of mining in China.
Lyle Bruce also commented at the signing of the agreement: "We see great potential for our alliance with SYCCRI. Both parties recognise the mutual advantages that can be derived from sharing our strengths to the benefit of the Chinese mining community. Making Chinese mining safer and more productive is a core objective of both organisations. The benefits within China are obvious, and this is a great export opportunity for GroundProbe."