Leica Geosystems has released Leica DrillNav Plus 3.0, its drill navigation and monitoring solution. This product, according to the company, allows users to track consumables such as drill bits, shock subs, steels, hammer and deck bushes to determine their lifespan vs meters drilled. DrillNav Plus now also supports boom-type drill set-ups, giving HP-GPS navigation and downhole monitoring to a wider range of drill rigs. Improving site safety, warning zones are represented on the operator’s navigation map when safety is compromised, and a warning message appears in the center of the operator’s screen alerting them to potential dangers. Operators can view their key performance indicators onscreen, in real-time, with their progress displayed as a percentage. Every operator on every drill also now can see the real-time movements and hole progression of all other drills that are working with them on the same pattern. This improves safety and enhances productivity. The system’s prior leveling screen setup has been replaced with a new “leveling bubble,” allowing operators to benefit from better drill control as well as panning and zooming features. The leveling screen shows the bubble to be green when inside a configured tolerance, and red when outside. In addition, an alarm message appears in the center of the operator’s screen to warn them if the actual mast angle does not match the planned mast angle. www.leica-geosystems.com

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