Drones For Use In Underground Mining

Jan 17, 2022 | Drone Industries

Managing a mine or a quarry comes with significant responsibilities, which include ensuring the safety of everyone working there and maximizing the efficiency of operations. This task is facilitated by the use of XCraft drones, which can survey sites, map land in a matter of minutes, and facilitate communications between team members. Best of all, drones can access the inaccessible – underground mines.

Planning For Site Safety

Quarry managers often have to coordinate the extraction of materials from mines or quarries. In addition to helping these sites operate successfully, they have to ensure that all workers are safe during the process. In the past, this was a challenging job and required a lot of research. Fortunately, drones can eliminate a lot of the work and allow for quicker and more accurate data. 

When it comes to underground mining, drones help to estimate the size of the caving as well as obtaining images of the ground condition. They also allow the drone pilot to obtain imagery of any loose material hanging from the ceiling.  Identifying obstructions like this before sending in expensive equipment can save on costly repairs. What’s more, communication is made easier, so all processes can easily be coordinated.

Quick and Accurate Data

Before the development of effective technologies, large quarries and mines had to develop complex inspection systems to make sure that mining sites were safe and effective. It was difficult to gather the necessary data and make the best decisions possible. By using a drone for mining, you can gather information much more rapidly, and it is also more accurate than before.

Despite this, there are challenges to soliciting this data in confined spaces.  With underground mining, reduced visibility and GPS denied environments makes drone operation difficult underground. However, when accessible, drones can identify how much material can be extracted from a given site, what the conditions are in the mine or quarry, and which tools should be used to make operations as successful as possible. In the long run, this saves a lot of time and money and increases efficiency.

Easy Communication Between Sites 

Drones can not only help with gathering data, but they also facilitate communication between the various sites. Workers can more easily pass on information to each other, and they can get in touch with management whenever they need to. Such easy communication can further speed up the mining process, and it can make the job safer. As a result, workplace accidents are reduced, and the mining company is no longer putting its workers at risk.

Finding Your Perfect Drone 

Not every mine or quarry is the same, and businesses have various needs. For this reason, we have developed a series of drones that each have their own uses. The XCraft Panadrone is able to fly as high as 400 feet, and it can capture high-resolution video no matter the weather conditions. The Matrix RTK is a great solution for surveying and mapping because it includes a GPS bay station, so its route is extremely precise, and mapping is made easy.

A similar solution that works well for mapping is the Maverick Mapper, which can map up to 40 acres within a 25-minute flight and delivers radiometrically accurate data. 

Another effective drone for underground mining is the xCraft Nano One. Its compact size and high quality technical specifications make it a useful tool in the mining industry.

Using drones for open pit and underground mining can significantly increase the speed and efficiency of operations, and it facilitates communication between team members. Contact the professional team at XCraft UAV to find out more. We’re happy to help you discover how this innovative technology can improve your safety, your operations, and your bottom line.