Support for future miners

MM talks to MacLean Engineering’s Dan Millette and Stuart Lister about the evolution of ground-support equipment and the future role of underground operators

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MacLean’s SS3 Shotcrete Sprayer with parallel and lancing boom

Product manager Dan Millette, who recently joined MacLean Engineering, says that the method of applying shotcrete and the technologies and products involved, such as new fibres and chemicals, have evolved significantly in the last 20 years.

"They have been doing shotcrete in the dry format in mines worldwide since the 1930s," he notes, "but, at least in North America, in the 90s, the...