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How Technology is Advancing the Mining Industry

By Enterprise Technology Review | Monday, August 10, 2020

New technologies are helping the mining industry shift towards sustainability and achieve consumer expectations.

FREMONT, CA: Technology has completely transformed the mining industry and has driven them towards a sustainable future. Digitalization has helped mining enterprises create an advanced and safe mining experience for workers. Here are some of the advanced technologies that have been implemented in the mining industry.

1. Spatial data visualisation

Top 10 Mining Tech Companies in APAC - 2020Spatial or geospatial data is one of the most significant reasons for the massive shift in mining. Technology is making spatial data more refined and more transparent. The three-dimensional 3D modeling has successfully developed a visible and life-like impression that has more depth and allows the people to understand the complicated issues. Furthermore, virtual reality (VR) utilizes real-life data to gain information. Miners will get a better idea about the environment of the mines and can plan about a new mine without even going to the field with the improved impressions offered by VR.

However, augmented reality covers digital visualization in the real world, and they can accomplish it by improving the user's visual field. The technology does it by applying computer-generated responses like video, graphics, sound, and applications. The mining industry can decrease the expense of their maintenance as the miners will utilize augmented reality for training virtual simulators.

2. Geographic information systems

Geographic information systems (GIS) is a significant device that permits miners to have in-depth knowledge about the geographic relationship that impacts the world. Miners can even solve real-life issues like location and accessibility with the help of GIS.

The geospatial data signifies the size, shape, and location of the object. When the miners get such accurate data, it becomes easy for them to gain more information about the mine's environment.

3. Automated drones

Recently, drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have gained popularity. Earlier using helicopter was expensive, but now UAV can offer similar results but at a lower price. Drones can improve the mining industry by increasing its efficiency when used to perform operational tasks like time-lapse photography, infrastructure upkeep and inspection, safety and surveillance in the risky areas, and asset management.

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