Drones can provide tools for supervision of tasks or monitoring entire functions in a mining operation. Drones provide supervision tools to increase overall productivity and aerial monitoring can give an exact picture of stockpiles, production, and process flow to determine the overall efficiency of operations.
Below listed five ways that drones can impact mining industry.
Mineral surveys with drone technology are quicker and more productive than traditional methods of surveying. Drones can help with sampling and searches for minerals using progressive remote sensing techniques. Drones can look at mineral patterns and provide data for data processing by computers with designated software’s for analysis. The computer can operate in real time to offer constant assessments and remote viewers can watch 3-D imaging of a mine work to confirm progress and accuracy, measured against plans and designs.
Mapping is a difficult mining task by traditional means including small planes. The evolving drone technology offers mining operators a cost-effective alternative for mapping deposit sites. Drone mapping can work with ground evaluators to ensure accuracy and reduce the time and effort needed. Drones can perform in challenging weather and tough conditions; aerial mapping minimizes human exposure to elements and hazards. Drones can perform mappings with details including 3-D imaging and elevations. Using Geographic data references, drones can produce maps and surveys with precision, feature details, and testable accuracy.
Improved safety is a benefit of drone technology in the applications discussed here and, in the mine operations, overall. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) can work in tough conditions that pose safety risks for human activity. Drones(UAV’s) can clear mine blast zones before detonations and then follow traces of fumes. Drones can fulfill the role in large, high-activity sites such as monitoring traffic flow and avoiding slowdowns or bottlenecks.
Surveillance or monitoring systems require a significant amount of man power in mining operations. Mining sites can be huge and extensive locations with powerful machines, valuable equipment, and storage areas for unrefined materials. Drones can reduce man efforts needed to keep sites and assets secure. Remote viewers can be able to observe multiple locations simultaneously with the help of Drones, and direct attention to specific areas as needed.
Security and quicker response are related to surveillance and more. Drones can strengthen mine safety by providing views of scenes and situations for remote viewers that can manually initiate safety protocols. Emergency response can crux on matters in minutes in the event of accident and injury. Drones can visualize the situations and provide information for fast and effective actions.
A mining operation’s investment in drone education and drone license classes will provide returns in nearly every area of mine operations.
UAV technology is an add-on for the decision making process by providing fast, accurate and meaningful data sets. Our ARIES team drone-based data collection service can also boost productivity; mine surveying projects that took days or weeks using traditional surveying techniques are now possible within just few hours.
Terrain mapping and change detection
Security and surveillance