With the help of sensors, drones can constantly measure atmospheric parameters and gas concentration that can harm raspatory organs, create environmental problems, and start a fire in underground mines.
FREMONT, CA: Drones are becoming popular with time for their ability to fly into places beyond human reach. Drones that carry different chemical, visual, acoustic and biological sensors have several civilian and military applications like rescue, search, firefighting, surveillance, weather monitoring, power infrastructure monitoring, surveying, and management.
Recently, the mining industry is also utilizing drones to carry out operations in underground mines. Generally, mines are located in remote, hostile areas, and this is why monitoring of mines can be a challenging task that requires extensive manpower. Traditional monitoring methods are both costly and time-consuming.
Let us look at some uses of drones in the mining industry:
Accessing Hard-to-Reach Areas
Collecting data in underground mines usually involves manual surveying of the rocks. The presence of inspectors in unfavorable areas such as newly blasted working faces and open stope jeopardize the safety of the inspectors. Here, drones can be used in underground mines to monitor of unreachable areas. Their small size and flexible movements would allow them to access unsupported areas in underground mines without compromising miners' safety.
Detecting Hazardous Gas
Detecting hazardous gas in underground mines is another critical task that can be executed safely using drones. With the help of sensors, drones can constantly measure atmospheric parameters and gas concentration that can harm raspatory organs, create environmental problems, and start a fire in underground mines. Gases are volatile compounds that may have no color, odor, and even taste. Identifying these gasses' presence in the air is clearly a difficult task without special tools. For humans, these gasses can have serious effects on health. Drones, armed with a group of cameras and sensors, can detect gas leaks in underground mines.
Most of the mines are in remote areas where reliable communication systems are not available. Drones can offer rapid solutions in favor of communications coverage of rescue operations. Drones can give disaster warnings and help with rescue and recovery operations when the commutations networks are too poor to enable information exchange. Drones can carry medical supplies to unreachable areas.
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