Terra Drone South Africa has started a collaboration with Sibayne Stillwater to conduct demonstrations aimed at improving mining solutions.
The Japan-based commercial drone firm is currently pushing global expansion and has a total of ten branches around the world in mining, oil and gas and electricity solutions.
The demonstration with Sibayne Stillwater, one of the largest mining companies in Africa, was conducted to make a SLAM-equipped basement mining drone safely auto-navigate in a tight tunnel for underground exercises.
As a result of the experiment, it was proved that it is possible to realise stable automatic navigation under a non-GPS environment and to generate a highly accurate 3D model.
Teppei Seki, Terra Drone COO, said: “We are delighted to implement such a demonstration with Sibanye Stillwater which is the eminent mining company for reliability and its high reputation, especially now when Terra Drone South Africa are dedicated to underground mining.”
He concluded: “We will focus on volume calculation by making 3D measurement of stope, survey and inspection for ore path and vertical shaft with Sibanya Stillwater. This collaboration is going to be a giant step toward development of underground mining, estimating to be expanded into all Africa.”
Last week, CDP reported on Terra Drone’s move into the Australian market.
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