Mozambican mine adopts AUV technology

July 19th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

A mining company in the Moatize District, western part of Mozambique’s Tete province, appointed iGlobe Mozambique to assist with aerial acquisition, as well as partially process the data. Pilot staff at the mine are being trained to fly specialised drones using RTK technology. Ebee RTK+ and Trimble UX5 drones are used to fly an area of about 3000 ha on a weekly basis. Areas on the mine include pits, stockyards, waste dumps and a tailing dam. The SenseFly eMotion application is used to control and navigate the Ebee RTK+ drones. Typical challenges to the pilots include working in high temperatures reaching up to 50°C in the summer and limited to flying time. In some cases, overheating initiates emergency landing operations which prevents further flying for the day. After the flying is complete, data is used to process high quality images using Bentley System’s Decartes application. Agisoft and Pix4D is used to create 3D point ploud data of the surface. iGlobe Mozambique is assisting and supporting this company in cutting costs by acquiring aerial data flown by pilot staff working for the mine instead of outside companies.

Contact Edward Murray, iGlobe, Tel 012 345–5330, edward.murray@iglobe.co.za

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