Hexagon’s Mining division has acquired Split Engineering, a leader in coarse-rock-fragmentation size measurement systems, software and services. Optimized fragmentation can save a mine significant costs while improving drill and blast processes. Split Engineering’s image-processing technology delivers high-quality information that enables customers to manage their processes from drill to mill and improve mine profits.

Split Engineering’s core solutions are based on more than 25 years of research and development that began at the University of Arizona where Department of Mining and Geological Engineering staff founded Split Engineering in 1997. Employing specialists in mining, metallurgical, geological, geophysical, optical and electrical engineering, as well as mathematics and business, the company has continuously improved its software while opening offices in Chile, Peru, South Africa and Australia to service its worldwide customer base.

“Split Engineering’s fragmentation analysis capabilities expand our life-of-mine vision from pit to plant,” Hexagon Mining Division President Josh Weiss said. “It closes the loop on drill and blast design by allowing sites to quantify the effectiveness of their blast, bridging the gap between planning and operations.”

Split Engineering Co-founder Tom BoBo added, “Split Engineering’s technology measures that process of size reduction from mine to mill, pit to plant. It’s a great fit to Hexagon’s digital mine with our automated digital image analysis systems: Split-ShovelCam, Split-TruckCam and Split-Crusher taking Hexagon from the mine into the processing plant, to help measure, manage and improve mining operations.”