Sensors for mining's future

THE University of New South Wales Laboratory for Imaging of the Mining Environment is using smart sensors and drones projects to take environmental management and safety for mining to a new level.

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Dr Simit Raval with a drone.

LIME head Dr Simit Raval has a vision for a mine site with a number of drones making automated observations that feed into a smart system to predict areas of concern and mitigate against them.

"I think the time is right for these new methods and there's a very good case for the mining industry to adopt them because they will be more accurate and more cost-effective," Raval said.

"Technological advances over the past six or seven years have made so many more things possible, and the systems continue to advance at a rapid rate.

"Not only do we have access to increasingly powerful, lightweight and cost-effective sensors but, simultaneously, we have access to increasingly powerful drones and UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] with a higher load-carrying capacity. On ...