The DEI+Nav has been designed from the ground up by a team that pioneered the development of the first drill monitoring and GPS navigation systems.

Thunderbird’s DEI+NAV HPGPS Guidance system is setting a new standard for blasthole drill instrumentation

  • Drill monitoring & logging
  • Easily upgraded to Navigation from the DEI-X system
  • Handles angle drilling applications
  • Supports remote tramming of drill with second display
  • Drill-to-Drill communications—know status of all the holes
  • Show bench terrain & contours
  • Surface features including operator warnings for “no entry” or danger zones
  • Backbone for remote & autonomous drilling
  • Unparalleled internet support
  • Localization program allows for easy translation of display to multiple languages
  • Access to the drill status & database by foremen or supervisors in the field
  • Reduce surveying costs
  • Faster tramming between holes—no looking for stakes or markers during low visibility
  • Calculates a target depth based on the elevation of the new bench—this allows all holes to be drilled to the proper elevation regardless of the elevation of the drill
  • Records precise location of each hole
  • Decrease over or under drilling
  • Records all delays—account for every minute of 24 hour period
  • Track all drill stem consumables
  • Pre-shift inspections sent to office
  • More accurate blasting—reduce loss of coal, better fragmentation, & lower blasting costs
  • Interface with Fleet Management Systems
  • Improve Drilling & Blasting Efficiency