In the gold mines of Jundee, Western Australia, scientists are experimenting with drone technology that could transform how mining companies dig out rocks in underground caves.
The scientists are using the drones to fly into areas and blow out rocks that are deemed too risky for human miners. The drones are also installed with a rotating laser that creates three-dimensional maps. This can create more detailed maps than what is currently available. The drone bounces lasers from the rock face to map out pitch black surroundings. It has very similar principles that are used for self-driving cars. The pilots fly the drones beyond the line of sight to map out areas that can’t be seen by the naked eye.
This technique will help miners excavate more gold and other commodities that could have been missed. The sensors attached to the drone can gather important information, including rock composition and spotting obstacles during the drilling process. The drones will also help improve safety and keep miners out of dangerous situations when digging rocks.
The use of drones in the mining sector continues to grow and is creating more efficiency in the workplace. A drone pilot is definitely becoming a requested skill of the future in the mining industry.