The mining sector is going digital to avoid or minimise the
incidence and scale of the impact of dust mines on the
On Thursday, ATMOS Global announced the opening of its first
Centre for Global and Site Specific Dust Impact Forecasting,
Management Control in Australia.
ATMOS explained that because of the complex nature and scale
of mining operations, it is hard for mining firms to respond in
real-time or on short notice to emergency dust impacts. The
centre seeks to address that concern by offering reliable and
timely site-specific dust impact forecasts on a daily basis.
The firm, made up of ATMOS Australia and Elite Atmospheric Air
Quality Modelling & Forecasting and Climate Change Research
Consultants, attempts to persuade the mining industry to
re-evaluate the efficiency of traditional dust control methods
and to consider more advance solutions.
In the last 20 years, ATMOS has developed and pioneered
advanced 3D Numerical Weather Prediction and complex air quality
modeling and forecasting tools.
The offer is based on several critical factors identified by
ATMOS such as the global financial crisis, water shortages,
energy constraints, more rigid regulatory compliance requirements
and changes in community expectations within the mining
ATMOS offered to evaluate future air quality risks a few days
in advance which would help miners adjust operational plans to
avoid or minimise undesirable dust impacts at environmentally
sensitive receptors, and cut production costs.
The firm uses the ATMOS-5D, a dust management approach used
for a mining project that was recently nominated by the
Australian government as a finalist for environmental
"ATMOS-5D is a new and powerful paradigm in dust impact
forecasting, management and control, an integrated risk-based and
Web-based platform (part of the operational DNA) for logical
operational decisions based on thoroughly investigated and well
understood facts rather than subjective opinion," ATMOS President
and Chief Executive Officer Dr Orestis Valianatos explained in a
He said that it took the company seven years to develop the
technology. ATMOS is offering free consultations on a limited
number to mining companies that want to give ATMOS-5D a try. The
offer is on a first-come-first-served basis. Interested miners
could visit the company's Web site at