Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Applications in Mining

Publication Type: 
Conference Proceedings
Language: 
English
Presented at the 2017 Mining Health and Safety Conference

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Applications in Mining

Pierre Filiatreault
HATCH
 
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones, are a disruptive technology which can provide substantial improvements across a wide range of industries and mining is no exception. The use of drones can provide cost savings and more importantly improving personal safety. In this presentation, the current application of drones within the mining industry will be discussed along with Hatch’s water sample collection drone. Hatch has developed a novel device for aerial drones which currently enables the collection of water samples from depths. This system only requires a pilot, a sample technician, and a safe operations point overlooking the water body.