Drones in Mining and Metal Sector

Technology developments in the mining sector

Drones in Mining and Metal Sector:

  • First of all, with the rise in UAVs and artificial intelligence tools, the mining sector has slowly started to take advantage of these resources.
  • For improving and streamlining their operations for the better.
  • With this in mind, companies in this sector are turning to drones for efficiency, mapping, or surveillance.

Here are a few ways in which drones can be helpful in the mining and metal industry:

Helps to improve productivity:

  • To begin with, mining commodities are forever dropping, forcing companies to search for new ways to increase productivity.
  • With helicopters and human resources have been the most advanced way for managers and workers to maintain and monitor their environments in recent years.
  • But it wasn’t always the most effective in terms of time.
  • Today, drones give better results at a fraction of the cost.

 Monitors safety more efficiently: 

  • Companies are only looking for new ways to improve the safety of their employees, & they’re also leveraging the latest technologies to help improve their equipment safety in high-risk areas.
  • Drones/UAVs are one of the few tools that can do several things at the same time. 
  • From GPS tracking to taking videos, these flying aerial vehicles can monitor the workplace faster than any human could.
  • Staff is no longer at risk, as nearly everything can be overseen by a drone.
  • Information can be reported back to management, where they will be able to make further decisions without staff having to get involved and perform these tasks themselves.
  • All in all, these incredibly smart business assets can act as an effective tool when looking to automate time-consuming tasks and security on-site and after hours.

Easier for maintenance purposes:

  • Drones can complete tasks faster than any human being could dream of doing.
  • In terms of maintenance, drones are mainly used to measure stockpiles on mining sites because of the time assistance.
  • Before drones, it was an incredibly labor-intensive job that took hours to complete.
  • Land surveyors were usually tasked to climb up onto areas with GPS equipment to try and record multiple data points when surveying the land.
  • These tasks also require costly industrial equipment.
  • Therefore with the help of drones, business owners can be more strategic with their plant and machinery finance options.
  • It’s no longer a case of deploying all types of equipment but rather the important units that are chosen based on drone footage.

More accurate approach to mapping: 

  • With mining pits in general, it’s easy for contractors and surveyors to say that something is complete when it’s far from the truth.
  • Often, this happens simply because it feels like you’ve touched on everything when you haven’t. 
  • Mining companies can make use of drone footage to keep interactions professional.
  • Projects can be guided through drone footage, giving workers a clear representation of what has already been done and the work that still needs to be completed on the site.

Challenges for drones in Mining and metal industry:

  • Drones have a limited flying capacity.
  • They have limited load endurance and processing power capabilities. 
  • The endurance of the drone will heavily depend on aircraft size, weight, payload weight.
  • Drone solutions are incompatible with existing solutions.
  • Concerns related to public privacy and safety as well as air traffic interference.
  • Due to the lack of availability of experienced vendors and readily customizable solutions.


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