- Thunderbird Mining Systems

(425) 869-2727 | mining@tbirdmining.com | FAX: (425) 869-2735
2635 151st Place N.E. | Redmond, Washington 98052-5522


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Drilling Screen with Overdrilling Warning



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Drill fitted with Cameras and Radio Remote


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DEI+NAV

With the introduction of Thunderbirdís DEI+Nav HPGPS Guidance system, a new standard for blasthole drill instrumentation has been established. 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. This experience has allowed the team to design a lower priced system with many unique features not available in competitive systems that will provide its mining customers with a higher rate of return on their investment. Thunderbird has been supplying instrumentation to the surface mining industry for over 20 years. A full range of monitors and software solutions are available from Thunderbird to insure that each customer is provided the right product to meet your needs.

The DEI+Nav will reduce your drilling and blasting costs

DEI Systems

Thunderbirdís DEI family of drilling monitoring products includes or will include:

  • Basic drill monitoring
  • HPGPS Drill Guidance
  • Strata recognition using Specific Energy of Drilling algorithm
  • PDA for viewing drill fleet status or emailing drills
  • Supports remote tramming of drill with second display
  • Health monitoring
  • Interface to drill PLC systems
  • Camera ready for added safety
  • Rock Recognition
  • Augmented GPS for more drilling time
  • Backbone for remote and autonomous drilling
Distributed Data

  • Drill-to-Drill communication -- know status of all holes
  • Show multiple drill locations
  • Real-time office updates of drill data
  • Drill status available in the field
  • 2 Way text messaging
Distributed Data

    Drilling Index

  • Allows for monitoring of pull-down, torque, RPM and air pressure
  • Real-time display of Drilling Index
  • 3D view of drilled holes
  • Integration of drill data with DBS blast design software to improve blasting and reduce costs
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    Drilling Index

  • Allows for monitoring of pull-down, torque, RPM and air pressure
  • Real-time display of Drilling Index
  • 3D view of drilled holes
  • Integration of drill data with DBS blast design software to improve
Radio Remote Control

  • Third party supplied system
  • Thunderbird provides 2nd display at control location which replicates onboard display
  • Operate drill in unstable or unsafe locations
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  • Multiple fixed and/or Pan/Zoom/Tilt cameras
  • Integrated into DEI+Nav Operator Display
  • Improve safety and productivity
Central Office System

  • Full suite of drill reports including operator KPIs
  • Microsoft SQL database
  • Microsoft SQL Reporting Services used for report generation
  • SQL queries easily done
  • Easy to export data to other databases
  • Integration with DBS blasting software
Why DEI+Nav Drill Guidance?

  • Meets the customer needs because it has been designed by the most knowledgeable team in the industry
  • Upgradeable from the DEI-X drill monitoring system
  • Operator interfaces and features unmatched by any other system
  • Enhanced, add-ons: PDA, Health Monitoring, Strata Recognition, Remote Tramming, Cameras
  • Robust database
  • Remote access via the internet
  • Will provide the mine with a higher ROI because of the
DBS Drill & Blast Software

  • Manage Topography and Surfaces
  • Layout Blastholes
  • Charge Blastholes
  • Collect Drill and Blasthole Data
  • Manage Drill and Blast Consumables
  • Report on Drill and Blast Performance

Fully Integrated and Available from Thunderbird






Thunderbird Mining Systems | (425) 869-2727 | FAX: (425) 869-2735
2635 151st Place N.E. - Redmond, Washington 98052-5522 | mining@tbirdmining.com