Benefits of Tech-based Tools in Mining

The mining industry is reducing its costs and environmental impact through spatial data, AI, UAS, and other technologies.

FREMONT, CA: Trends in mining technology is concerned with environmental sustainability to make mining safe and productive. Technologies are developed to provide businesses to meet increased demand and customer preferences and regulations.

Emerging technology in mining:

Spatial data visualization: Mining tools make the process more efficient by visualizing geospatial data. There is an increase in the detail and clarity of spatial data.

Three-dimensional (3D) Modelling: 3D modeling creates a model that mimics predictions of the actual site to give miners a better estimation. Miners can comprehend complex issues before approaching the site. It provides miners with viewable impressions with depth perception.

Virtual Reality (VR): VR is software that uses real-time data to recreate the site on screen. Miners can rely on its visualization to plan their operation before entering the field.

Augmented Reality (AR): AR software recreates real-life sites by adding digital recreations of images, sound, applications, and graphics. It reduces the maintenance cost of equipment and prevents possible injuries. Miners use AR of different sites for training.

Geographic information systems (GIS): GIS is an essential tool that gathers information about the geographical characteristics of a target. GIS is used for mineral exploration, geochemical and hydrology data, reports, facility management, sustainability, and compliance. With added information, miners can solve issues and reduce the risk of errors due to unpredictable geographic factors.

Artificial intelligence (AI): Integrating artificial-intelligence-based technology generates data quickly. It improves operational efficiency, safety, and production. AI-based technology is used in the following:

Mineral processing and exploration: Miners can find minerals easily due to decisions and plans made earlier through AI-based tools.

Autonomous vehicles and drillers: Firms have used autonomous vehicles in their pit-to-pit operations as self-driving trucks can navigate narrow tunnels with AI.

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS): UAS perform the same surveillance function from a height as helicopters but at a reduced cost. UAS ensures safety in the surveillance of hazardous areas, time-lapse photography, measuring inventory, inspections, and site mapping.