Tag: DroneMining


The mining industry was one of the first industries to see the benefits of drone technology, with early UAVs being used to inspect hazardous conditions, reducing the risk of injury.

But drone technology has moved on significantly over the past five years. Today’s drones are capable of much more than the simple collection of visual data.

When used to their full potential, today’s drones can dramatically improve the operational efficiency of mines by improving commodity resourcing and replacing outdated and time-consuming processes.

So let’s have a look at four ways mines can reduce costs and improve efficiency by using UAV survey data.

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Australia’s energy sector should leverage automation and technology to boost competitiveness

Perth (miningweekly.com) – Australia’s energy resources sector could unlock a potential A$10-billion in value for the national economy if it pursues a number of reforms, a report by National Energy Resources Australia (Nera) has found.

In its 2018 update to the ‘Sector Competitiveness Plan’, Nera identified collaboration, increased innovation investment and the integration of autonomous and digital technologiesacross the supply chain as critical factors that will power future growth across Australia’s A$55-billion energy resources sector.

The plan outlines a ten-year vision for Australia to be a global energy powerhouse, a sought-after destination for investment and the leading source of knowledge and solutions. The plan arrives at a critical time for a sector experiencing unprecedented disruption from new technologies, unique business models and the challenge to transition to a decarbonised economy.

“We need to develop local talent, capability and capacity, and continuously find, adapt and deploy technology to remain at the forefront of automation innovation to ensure future sector growth is not left unexploited.”

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Drones in Mining: A Special Kind of Drone for Inaccessible Spaces

Posted By: Miriam McNabb

Mining is a growing vertical for the drone industry.  Drones have a lot to offer mining: monitoring of remote operations, measuring stockpiles, and other geospatial applications have been adopted at scale in open mines.

But there’s an entirely different area of the mine that may get even more benefit from drone technology: inside.  Inspections around dangerous equipment, inside of tanks and other inaccessible spaces provide dramatic ROI for mining companies.  It can be done – but it requires a special type of drone.

Swiss-based company Flyability makes the Elios – a collision-tolerant drone for just that purpose. It’s a unique solution to the problem of flying in tight spaces: the drone in it’s cage can roll off of the sides of an obstacle while maintaining good video and data.  It makes an impossible task – inspecting the inside of a tank, a steel girder, or just a tight space with a drone – possible.

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The Sky’s the Limit With Drones for Mineral Exploration

The following is a guest post on Drone Life by mining services expert Ben Howard.

Iron oil has been mined for over 100 years in Australia, with 2230 tons of usable iron produced globally in 2016 and there is still a robust supply ready to be mined that you could potentially get your hands on with the use of the ubiquitous drone.

Unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones are being used by research and mining organizations as a less invasive method to achieve high-resolution images of land for the exploration of mineral resources.  The collected data is then analyzed by scientists to determine the geological composition of the land mass which is then further developed through 3-D modelling to understand the structural control of the minerals and the areas capability.

There is no doubt that drones have transformed modern mining, improving safety for workers, reducing exploratory time, increasing the quantity of high-level data that is collected regarding the area, speeding-up the process of measuring stockpiles and all in real time aerial footage.

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How drones are changing the art of mineral surveying

By Molly Lempriere


BHP Billiton is trialling drones fitted with military-grade cameras to provide real-time aerial footage and 3D maps of mining sites. Why is the company turning to drones for this important task?

Across industries, the potential for drones or unmanned aerial vehicles is starting to be realised. From military drones to children’s toys, drones are making a big impact. The mining industry is no different, and drones are already being used throughout the world for maintenance and exploration activities.

Companies are turning to drones for a number of reasons, such as improved safety, increased efficiency and cost savings. This has become particularly attractive in recent years, as depressed commodity prices have forced companies to search for ways to increase productivity.

One of the first companies to begin using drones was BHP Billiton, a world leader in the production of iron ore, metallurgical coal and copper. The company operates predominantly in the Americas and Australia, with a workforce of more than 60,000.

BHP has now been using drones for three years, throughout various operations in its Australian mines, and has recently started trialling their use in mineral surveillance. So what makes them so ideal for the job of surveying?

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