GroundProbe opens 24/7 monitoring centre in Santiago

Orica business unit GroundProbe has launched a second regional monitoring centre in Chile, which the company says can provide around-the-clock radar and laser monitoring of tailings dams, mines and other ground-based formations throughout South and North America. The facility, similar to an Asia Pacific base in Brisbane, is crewed by 45 specialised geotechnical engineers
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Orica unit GroundProbe launches new 24-7 remote monitoring centre in Santiago, Chile

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GroundProbe's operational Santiago centre was already remotely monitoring many tailings dams, a major hydro-electric dam and "even a landslide on a national highway in Colombia" for 30 customers, GroundProbe chief operating officer David Noon explained.

"We've witnessed a boom in Brazil for continuous, real-time monitoring of tailings dams, with a huge increase in demand for our remote, 24/7 geotechnical expertise," GroundProbe CEO Brian Gillespie said this week in Santiago.

"We saw it as an absolute necessity to bolster our offering and extend our support services from Asia Pacific to the Americas. Placing the centre in Santiago and ensuring its tri-lingual capabilities allows us to do just that."

The Santiago centre monitors live slope stability data and responds to alarms to help protect people and infrastructure, connecting remote sites with technical experts able to communicate in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

 GroundProbe was bought by Orica in 2017 for A$205 million.