Drone Major Group
by on January 8, 2019
During a recent demo, an autonomous drone was deployed to map tunnels as small as 3×3 meters, yielding accurate 3D renderings without sending miners into a potentially unsafe environment.
Japanese UAV company Terra Drone’s South African division, which provides UAS solutions to mining, oil and gas sectors, is partnering with a mining company to get a better look at sites from above. Sibanye-Stillwater is the largest producer of gold in South Africa as well as one of the 10 largest in the world. The company has been slammed with criticism following the deaths of 24 miners in 2018. Deploying drones is expected to result in safer working conditions.
Terra Drone COO Teppei Seki said: “We are delighted to implement such a demonstration with Sibanye-Stillwater … especially now [that] Terra Drone South Africa [is] dedicated to underground mining. We will focus on volume calculations by [providing] 3D survey-inspection data for ore paths and vertical shafts … This collaboration is going to be a giant step toward [improvements in] underground mining, which is expected to be expanded [across the African market].”
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