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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.

Read More: Drone Life