DRONES IN MINING
The mining industry is currently going through a realignment process, with productivity and safety improvements being the main factors driving the change.
Technological progress in the area of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has started to be seen as a potential technology for assessing and improving standards in these areas.
Currently UAVs, also known as drones, are employed in the mining industry for some specific (repetitive and simple) exploration activities like geological and geophysical surveying. However, by including specialised spatial tracking and flight system technologies, based on machine learning techniques, combined with advanced simulation-optimisation methods drones could take on new roles within the mining industry.
At ROMPEV we see that drones have the potential to significantly improve complex tasks involving spatial surveillance and data processing.
Ultimately this would provide mine personnel with reliable information for making final operational or safety decisions.