GroundProbe turns twenty – From home-grown start-up to global innovation powerhouse

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Media Release by Orica

GroundProbe is immensely proud to be celebrating 20 years of operation and 20 years of keeping people and communities safe. Over the last two decades, the company has expanded from a home-grown start-up to become a global innovation powerhouse and the trusted partner of companies around the world.

GroundProbe is widely accepted as the global market leader in real-time geohazard monitoring technologies that help manage risk, ensure safety and increase productivity across mining and civil projects.

GroundProbe CEO and founder, David Noon, said that the success of GroundProbe’s business and its continual year-on year growth is built on a culture of innovation and customer intimacy that permeates every level of the company.

“GroundProbe has now deployed more than 700 systems and support services to customers in more than 35 countries,” he said. 

“To get to that level, we have proudly built long-term, trusted relationships with the top 20 mining and resources companies, globally. 

“Across all of those deployed radars and customers, and in our entire 20-year history, I am most proud to say that we have fulfilled our ultimate goal by making mining safer. Our technology has never failed to detect a collapse, ultimately saving numerous lives.

GroundProbe evolved from a PhD project at the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1993. By 2001, GroundProbe’s founders commercialised the world’s first patented Slope Stability Radar (SSR), the now widely used radar technology designed to monitor mine walls and warn before collapses occur.

“We invented real-time radar technologies to make mining safer,” Mr Noon continued.

“Since then, we have continued to innovate and advance our product fleet ensuring each system continues to be reliable and that we continue to provide the certainty our customers need to make critical, confident decisions.”

Anglo America’s Head of Geotechnical – T&S Group Mining, Lesley Munsamy, recently stated that the company is honoured to have played a part of GroundProbe’s history over the last 20 years and more. The company celebrated a number of ‘firsts’ with GroundProbe, with the capturing of the first ever slope deformation data, the detection of the first ever slope failure and the first international radar deployment at Anglo American mine sites.

“Our mutually beneficial partnership is based on GroundProbe’s impeccable safety track record and continuous innovation of its hardware and software tools,” said Mr Munsamy.

“The precise and valuable data that GroundProbe provides our sites has had an impact on our safety and productivity by enhancing our risk-management practices.”

“GroundProbe redefined the slope risk management practices across the world. The availability of reliable real-time monitoring has had a significant impact on safety, a contribution that cannot be underestimated.”

Looking to the future, GroundProbe is still a young business with a lot of growth ahead, with big plans to cement their standing as most trusted brand for real-time geohazard monitoring well into the future. 

This is supported by Mr Munsamy, “With GroundProbe’s continued focus on developing and innovating their technology for the future, the company is well positioned to sustain its contribution to the mining industry.”