BHP Billiton has successfully deployed Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) technology, commonly referred to as ‘drones’ or ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). In a recent article in The Weekend Australian, project leader Jason Wadsworth explains how the use of RPAS gives engineers and operators “better visibility about what is going on” across the mine site.
Mr Wadsworth highlights the safety and productivity benefits of the technology, as RPAS reduces the need for surveyors to enter the pit. The data captured with the system can also be used to check safety compliance and verify the site is working within its specifications.
Interestingly, Mr Wadsworth suggests that the use of RPAS is giving mine surveyors more cudos on site, lifting their profile to that of data managers.
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