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Inuktun Case Study: Mining


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When Barrick Gold Corporation needed a high definition camera to perform a long distance inspection for a mining application, they turned to Inuktun for an OnSpec Custom Solution.

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Inuktun Case Study: Mining

  1. 1. CASE STUDY PRESENTATION Long Distance HD Camera Client: Barrick Gold Corporation Industry: Mining
  2. 2. Copyright©2017InuktunServices,Ltd.Allrightsreserved.ProprietaryandCONFIDENTIAL 2 OnSpec Custom Solution Gold mining operation required HD camera for inspection • Camera to remain steady and centered • Down a 2,500ft (760m) vertical borehole Challenges • Limits of sending data via copper tether • Changing specifications • Enhanced braking system required to handle the weight The Challenge
  3. 3. Copyright©2017InuktunServices,Ltd.Allrightsreserved.ProprietaryandCONFIDENTIAL 3 Limitations Copper Cable • Capable of transmitting HD video signal at max 1,000ft (300m) • Capable of transmitting a standard resolution video signal at max 1,650ft (500m) Barrick increased the specifications during development • Initially asked for HD at 1,700ft (520m) • Not possible with copper • Later asked for HD at 2,500ft (760m) Solution: Fibre-optic Cable
  4. 4. Copyright©2017InuktunServices,Ltd.Allrightsreserved.ProprietaryandCONFIDENTIAL 4 Additional Challenges Lights • Barrick initially requested no lights • Barrick later asked for auxiliary lights; Inuktun provided custom lights Communication • Solution required bidirectional commands on fibre • Video link up • Lights and camera control down • Powered provided via copper Voltage • Extra distance required significant voltage upgrade • Initially 72VDC • Final specs 400VDC • Rackmount GUI added
  5. 5. Copyright©2017InuktunServices,Ltd.Allrightsreserved.ProprietaryandCONFIDENTIAL 5 Additional Challenges Brake • Longer distance caused heavier tether when fully extended • Standard brake burned out • Friction brake added to compensate Winch • Final custom cable was longer and thinner • Standard winch repurposed for this new cable
  6. 6. Copyright©2017InuktunServices,Ltd.Allrightsreserved.ProprietaryandCONFIDENTIAL 6 OnSpec Custom Solution Custom Drop Camera • Camera: Spectrum 120HD™ • Tethers: Power via copper, signal via fiber • Custom, spring-loaded centering device • to accommodate 8-24 inch hole (20-60cm) • Custom digitizer to convert HD video signal for fiber optic transmission OnSpec Custom Solution
  7. 7. Copyright©2017InuktunServices,Ltd.Allrightsreserved.ProprietaryandCONFIDENTIAL 7 Completion Timeline Stages: Process of a custom design April 17 • First Specs: • 1,700ft • No lights • Low voltage fibre Design and Build July 23 • Shipped: • Aux lights • 2,500ft high voltage fibre September 12 • Rebuilt: • Better brake • Friction brake add-on
  8. 8. For more information, visit or e-mail Thank you!