Blast Perception 101

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Over the years Firmatek Seismic has monitored thousands of quarry blasts, had many conversations with property owners, and drawn many a pictures to describe what occurs when a blast takes place.  I thought it might be helpful to post this simple video to help you understand what you may be feeling when your local quarry blasts.

Compaction and Airspace: The Keys to Landfill Profitability

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The business of landfills is air, selling empty space to be filled with solid waste, and in this industry not all air is equal. Landfills have the unique ability of being able to modify the lifespan of their product without changing the amount of product they started with.  It all comes down to compaction. Volume may be fixed, but density is not, and the more solid waste you can fit into a given volume, the more valuable that space is. That is why it is absolutely necessary to have an accurate and reliable way of tracking the change in the volume of solid waste before and after compaction. Read more

Case Study: 3D Mobile Scanning used in Reserve Calculation and Mineable Modeling

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“He inquired of Firmatek, LLC to see if there was a way to quantify his reserves and help him establish a profitable plan for excavating and updating the operation as the new mine progressed.”

In April of 2010 Firmatek performed services for a client who’d purchased a piece of property with the intention of mining it out.  By drilling core samples throughout the 500+ acre property Read more

3D Laser Mobile Mapping and the X-Ray Machine

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The history of man is described in relationship to events that alter its course.  Terms like “pre-Civil War”, “B.C.” or “before the Wright brothers” are used like a thumb tack in time to give context and understanding to a story.  These turning points are often moments in time when the ingenuity of man paves the way for a revolution in thought and industry.  One such example is the medical field before and after the intro Read more

How Can I View My Point Cloud Data and 3D Models?

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With the recent increase in the use of three-dimensional laser scanners to capture real world conditions, many forward-thinking operators are searching for ways to view, use and manipulate the resulting data.  Read more