From measuring stockpiles, surveying and mapping; to managing safety and security, robotic inspection in the mining industry is growing rapidly. Drones and robots streamline operations by creating accurate site models, assessing risks from a safe distance, and eliminating the need for costly manned aircraft and expert personnel.
Open pit operations have to manage an enormous amount of survey data, so accuracy is vital. Drones capture high-end ortho-images that create extremely realistic ‘digital twin’ representations of mine sites; allowing planning for future expansion, on-going correction and optimization of haul roads and early detection of structural weaknesses.
Robotic inspection offers clear oversight of all operations and improved savings and efficiency, with data being produced quickly and at a fraction of the cost of traditional techniques, resulting in enhanced worker safety and greater ROI.