September 6-8, 2022  •  Caesars Forum  •  Las Vegas

Agenda Session

Mining & Aggregates

Sep 08 2022

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM PDT

Room 405-407

More and more, the mining industry is embracing drone technology. Increased acceptance of drones by the business world—and by the general public —has driven much of this progress. Improvements in mapping and data collection capabilities have also pushed things ahead. Many mining businesses have been “reengineered” to employ drones, greatly improve productivity, reporting, and safety for mining operations. What does this value look like, and how can stakeholders and operators best take advantage of these opportunities? Our Mining & Aggregates track explores all of these questions in great detail.
Session moderated by Thomas Haun, Turner Mining Group

The Future of Underground Autonomous Mining
While autonomous drones in an underground mine might sound like science fiction, they're becoming more prevalent as a way to prevent accidents and increase efficiency in operations. In this presentation, Exyn Technologies — a pioneer in multi-platform robotic autonomy for complex, GPS-denied environments — will walk through how autonomous robots are making significant impacts underground including case studies at Dundee Precious Metals and Pogo Alaska. They will also be exploring the future of autonomous mining through their partnership with EY, realizing a future where ground and aerial autonomous robots team up to monitoring underground cavities while survey teams operate and monitor from the surface.
Raffi Jabrayan, Exyn Technologies

Use case: Gold Fields brings WingtraOne drones on board to survey its stockpiles and sites           
Since 1887, Gold Fields mining company has been growing and evolving its gold and mineral exploration business across Africa, Australia and South America. Two of its gold mines-Tarkwa and Damang-operate in Ghana. Since gold is measured by the ounce, managing its excavation and measuring stockpiles is a sensitive undertaking. Gold Fields Ghana Ltd. has relied on drone data for the past few years as a way to collect site information and stock volumes over larger areas, faster and more accurately than terrestrial methods. Through experience with classical fixed-wing drones, survey managers discovered the power of rapid, wide-coverage data collection. During the inception of the company's drone program, there were several limitations these systems presented, including belly landing-which threatened the payload and drone unless the landing was planned on a wide, soft surface, which was time consuming to find. For this reason, surveyors at Gold Fields Damang and Tarkwa mine sites have recently upgraded to vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technology by investing in two WingtraOne drones. For this reason, surveyors at Gold Fields Damang and Tarkwa mine sites have recently upgraded to vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technology by investing in two WingtraOne drones. This presentation will detail the full suite of offerings the solution can provide to anyone in the mining space while also highlighting the practical and bottom-line differences that Gold Fields has been able to measure.
Alexander Craig, Wingtra

How can a variety of data capture methods Redefine Your Mine Site and Quarry Management?
Drones are successfully being integrated with other data capture methods to enhance safety and efficiency, but these tools are also being used to provide better inventory and financial data. What kind of logistical challenges need to be overcome in terms of moving away from established tools or processes to enable these benefits? How difficult is it to integrate these different hardware and software solutions in a way that makes sense for established workflows? In this session, attendees will have these questions answered while also learning about:

· What it looks like to integrate aerial drones with terrestrial applications and what it means to run survey-to-survey comparisons
· How the data being captured via drones and the systems they support are enabling better collaboration
· How in house and third-party providers collaborate to fulfill the needs of your site
· What kind of saving and efficiencies are reflected on the bottom line
· How AI is being applied in these environments
Lauren Elmore, Firmatek

Attendees will come away from this session with insights around specific drones, robotic systems and software solutions that can help them define their next step with the adoption of a new tool or process.



Turner Mining Group



Exyn Tech

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