Understanding the characteristics of the underlying bedrock will help identify optimal excavation criteria and predict how it will respond over time. Similarly, extracting rock mass characteristics from geological drilling data enables rock mechanics to anticipate risks ahead of the planned excavation.
Rock characteristics can change over time, due to factors such as the degradation of exposed rock surfaces, hydrological influences and rock excavation practices. For example, if water seeps into a fault, conditions can change dramatically, and corrective measures may be required.
To ensure that your everyday operations are occurring in stable rock and that your teams can access your infrastructure safely, appropriate reinforcement designs are essential. Experienced engineers who specialize in rock mechanics can help you plan your operations, based on reliable geomechanical data, and effectively sequence blasting activities.