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Over the course of a century, we have constructed shafts of numerous cross-sectional areas at depths up to and over 1,500 feet. Whether circular, elliptical, round end, single or multi-compartment, we will work with our customers and use our experience to ensure your design yields the maximum return on your investment.   

Our conventional methodology provides customers with the unique ability to maximize customization in shaft collars and bottom stations. We will ensure considerations to optimize efficiencies for ventilation, elevators, manways, emergency escape capsules, surface to mine pipelines amongst other countless other key mining considerations.  

Does your shaft project involve a bottom station that is mined through prior to shaft installation? We provide a lightweight cellular concrete backfill solution to provide a regulatory-compliant barrier between the shaft area and your underground workings during construction.

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Downward look into one of RG Johnson's shaft projects.
Specialty Services

From urgent, critical repairs to larger capital projects, our Specialty Services division has consistently been a trusted resource for our business partners. Many of these capabilities can be applied to either the surface or underground. Listed below is a sample of the solutions we have provided.

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Hoisting Services

Whether examining for the possibility of re-using an idle shaft or troubleshooting/routine safety checks on active shafts, we provide manned hoisting services to assist with our customers’ needs in an expedient manner. We take pride in our ability to provide certified and reliable personnel and equipment when needed most.

Through collaboration with our engineers and business partners, we also offer consultation and hoisting design/build services for common mining applications.

Backfilled Shafts

When mining sections have advanced prior to shaft sinking, our Celufill lightweight concrete backfill gives clients the option to still conventionally sink shafts. Our backfill has enough compressive strength to support work from above while being light enough to easily excavate. Celufill lightweight concrete backfill can also serve to create barriers in mine entries for blasting purposes. This product can be installed from long distance surface operations or operations in the mine.

When conditions make mechanized techniques impractical, our expert crews use gopher and jackleg drills for safe spot bolting and entry rehabilitation. Our experience installing high strength, post tension cable and rock bolts with novel drilling and grouting techniques provides engineered solutions for support requirements of high walls and challenging roof conditions.

Bolting/Ground Support

Elevator Steel Installation

R. G. Johnson plays an integral role in the installation of your portal elevator system through the installation of downhole steel support beams. Our crews are known especially for the precision and efficiency of their steel installation work. Customers can save additional time by having the task completed adjacent to a previous project onsite, or have the installation completed on ad hoc basis.

To minimize dust and improve installation quality, R. G. Johnson uses pre-dampening equipment when applying semi-dry-process shotcrete. We can pump material from a remote surface location deep underground. Our highly qualified teams increase the life of mine entries by applying premium materials to mine roofs and ribs. Typical applications include reinforcement of portal bottoms, air-shaft approaches, sumps, overcasts, and conveyor belt transfer points.

In situations that preclude remote pumping, our portable underground pre-dampening and pumping system is an effective solution.

Shotcrete Application

Specialty Hauling

Our hauling services specialize in handling and delivering large, critical loads for construction and mining customers. When your delivery requires an extra level of trust and handling, our experienced drivers and local presence have proven to simplify logistics needs.

For long-term roof and rib support, backfilled steel arches are a proven solution. Our proprietary Celufill lightweight concrete backfill enhances the carrying capacity of arches by reducing point loads, increases beam capacity, and lengthens the life of supported entry areas. We supply Celufill at compressive strengths tailored to meet site-specific needs. Celufill can be pumped long distances from remote surface locations to reduce the cost of material transport.

Arch Backfill Installation

Structural Steel Modification

We modify and repair structural steel such as bins, beams, and other structures in and around mines.

Remotely pumped concrete eliminates costly, time-consuming transport and handling of prepackaged material. We can pump concrete for walkway and conveyor belt transfer point floors up to 5,000 feet from the surface to the installation.

Where remote pump placement is impractical, our on-site underground mixing and pumping system is an economical solution.

Concrete Pumping

Long Hole Horizontal Drilling

To help you confirm barrier distances or pump water into or out of old works, our skilled crews can safely drill in-seam horizontal holes, hundreds of feet in length. We also drill through seals or other concrete barriers to provide safe access points into old works.