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A Comprehensive Review of Applications of Drone Technology in the Mining Industry

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Department of Mineral Engineering, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM 87801, USA
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Department of Mining Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM 87801, USA
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Drones 2020, 4(3), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4030034
Received: 4 June 2020 / Revised: 12 July 2020 / Accepted: 13 July 2020 / Published: 15 July 2020
This paper aims to provide a comprehensive review of the current state of drone technology and its applications in the mining industry. The mining industry has shown increased interest in the use of drones for routine operations. These applications include 3D mapping of the mine environment, ore control, rock discontinuities mapping, postblast rock fragmentation measurements, and tailing stability monitoring, to name a few. The article offers a review of drone types, specifications, and applications of commercially available drones for mining applications. Finally, the research needs for the design and implementation of drones for underground mining applications are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: drones; remote sensing; surface mining; underground mining; abandoned mining drones; remote sensing; surface mining; underground mining; abandoned mining
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Shahmoradi, J.; Talebi, E.; Roghanchi, P.; Hassanalian, M. A Comprehensive Review of Applications of Drone Technology in the Mining Industry. Drones 2020, 4, 34. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4030034

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Shahmoradi J, Talebi E, Roghanchi P, Hassanalian M. A Comprehensive Review of Applications of Drone Technology in the Mining Industry. Drones. 2020; 4(3):34. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4030034

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Shahmoradi, Javad, Elaheh Talebi, Pedram Roghanchi, and Mostafa Hassanalian. 2020. "A Comprehensive Review of Applications of Drone Technology in the Mining Industry" Drones 4, no. 3: 34. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4030034

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