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 ...