BlastIQ™ Mobile - Drill Actuals Data Capture


Release Date:
22nd February 2023


BlastIQ™ Mobile enables users to record drill actual data for planned boreholes, making this information accessible to all parties involved in the blast. Additionally, the field device allows users to log the start and end times of each drilled hole.

Using search/filter function Manual search

Accessing drilling mode using search or filter function.

  1. On the drill plans page, tap the search field.


  2. Type in the name of a plan on the filter plans.
  3. Press the 'OK' button. The correct plan will be visible.


  4. Correct plan will be visible after clicking the 'OK' button. And tap the drill data button.


  5. Then drilling plan map appears.



Drilling Summary Panel

Hole and Length Information

  1. Tap on the drill button located in the top right-hand corner.


  2. This will open up a dialog displaying relevant hole information, with the 'Holes' tab visible by default.
    • Design: Count of designed holes with the given diameter.
    • Drilled: Count holes with drilled or measured length or any other evidence the hole has been drilled (decks, actuals etc.).
    • Not Drilled: Count holes specifically marked as 'not drilled'.
    • To Drill: Count of designed holes that don't have any drilled or measured length or other evidence the hole has been drilled.
      • Designed holes marked not drilled do not count
    • To Redrill: Holes with the redrill_required flag & not in 'redrilOfId'. i.e. a hole that is short but is present in the redrillOf on another hole is not considered


  3. To access information about the length, tap on the 'Length' tab, and relevant length information will be displayed.
    • Designed: Sum of design length for all holes of this diameter.
    • Drilled: Sum of drill actual meters for all holes of this diameter.
    • Not Drilled: Sum of design length meters for holes marked as not drilled for this diameter.
    • To Drill: Sum of design length meters for designed holes that have no evidence of being drilled.
      • Designed holes marked not drilled do not count.
    • To Redrill: Sum of design length meters for holes marked redrill_required.


Diameter & Bearing Indicators
  1. Tap the "Diameter" icon in the top right-hand corner to show the diameter indicator.
    • By default, the toggle is set to Off. This will display a floating panel on the map, with the default position at the bottom of the map, showing the diameter indicator ring around each hole.


  2. To close the panel user needs to tap the "Diameter' icon to toggle it off.


  3. Tap the 'Bearing' icon to show the bearing indicator.
    • By default, the toggle for this feature is set to Off. Once the toggle is turned on, the map will display a bearing indicator ring for all holes with an angle other than 0°. It is important to note that the bearing is measured clockwise from North, with the North assigned a value of 0°.
    • A bearing in navigation is the direction to an object or location, expressed as degrees relative to a reference point or direction. The bearing to the object is determined by calculating the number of degrees clockwise from 000° (“True North“) to the object. Note that bearing and direction are not interchangeable terms. Bearing refers to the relationship between two locations, whereas direction refers to north, east, south and west.


  4. To close the bearing indicator, tap the 'Bearing' icon again to toggle it off.


Drilling a Hole
Drilling a design hole  Add a new hole Redrill of another hole.
  1. On the drilling map, tap a hole to access the drilling panel.


  2. Tap the play icon to start the drilling timer when drilling begins.
  3. Filling in Hole Details.
    • Fill in the diameter of the hole if it deviates from the original design.
    • If a hole is angled, provide the Angle and Bearing for accurate measurements.


  4. Once the drilling is complete, stop the drilling timer to obtain the total drilling duration.


  5. Enter the final length of the drilled hole.


  6. Tap the "Save" button to store the updated drilling information.  


Managing the Timer

  • Start the timer at any point during drilling.
  • Pause and restart the timer as required for intermittent drilling activities.
  • Clear the drill time to reset the timer, start, and end times.
  • The timer records drilling duration, starting when you begin and stopping when you pause or finish.

Average Penetration Rate

  • Both length and drilling time values are used to post the Average Penetration Rate. These values are surfaced in the BlastIQ Insights Overview and Drilling Quantities dashboards.
  • The Average Penetration Rate calculation:
    • Drilling rate = Drilling length / Drilling time.
  • Ensure the calculated Average Penetration Rate falls within 0m/s to 0.5m/s for accurate data. Rates outside this range may indicate data errors or irregular drilling conditions.
  • If the calculated rate is invalid (0 or greater than 0.5 meters per second), a dialogue will prompt you to proceed without it, along with start and end times. The driller can:
    • Cancel the save operation and continue editing the drill hole.
    • Or proceed with saving the hole details without an Average Penetration Rate, Start and End times. Invalid.png
Recording Exceptions
Notes Abandoned Not Drilled Remove Redrill
  1. Tap a hole.
  2. Tap the Notes icon.


  3. A modal will appear, allowing you to choose from pre-defined notes or type your own manually.
  4. Once you have made your selections or added your notes, tap the "OK" button.


  5. Notes icon background colour changed to blue.  This blue colour serves as an indication that a note has been added.


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