Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2016-JAN 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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9 unmanned systems inside December 2016/January 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. John Davenport of Madison Materials and Whitaker Contracting has spent many years walking stockpiles, trying to keep his footing while the rocks slipped out from under him, hurting his ankles. Those walks were a struggle, but were nec- essary if he wanted to take accurate mea- surements of those piles using GPS systems. " EVERYONE IN THE INDUSTRY IS REALIZING THE VALUE OF DRONES. THEY'LL SOON BECOME A STANDARD PRACTICE. THERE'S JUST TOO MUCH VALUE NOT TO HAVE ONE." Iain Allen, senior manager for mining information technology, Barrick Gold Corp. Pix4D developed Mapper Pro to turn the data drones collect into 3-D models, ortho mosaics and other tools. Managing the Data One of the biggest challenges Iain Allen and his team at Barrick Gold Co. have encountered since they started fl ying UAS is data management and availability, he said. Drones collect massive amounts of data and imagery, but it's diffi cult to make that information available to all the people who need it. Some not involved with a particular project might not even know the information exists. He's looking for a way to better manage data and said he prefers a cloud-based solution that makes the data available in a Web-based catalogue that anyone on the team can see. "This gives us easy access to history," Allen said. "One of the biggest challenges at a mine site is how it changes over time. We're realizing that we can go back and see how it was and how it's changed and what it is now. There's enormous value in that and we plan to start doing a lot more of that kind of analysis."

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