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Benefits of Automated Drones for Tailings Dams 

Collect valuable information for informed risk management and control over tailings dams management.

Proper-management of tailings dams pose several challenges due to the high risks and potentially hazardous contaminants involved. Typically, tailings dams represent the most significant environmental liability associated with a mine. Due to the heterogeneity of the dam’s composition, monitoring of a tailings dams’ structural stability is critical to establish a safe and stable dam. Mining engineers and professionals face several challenges when supporting tailings dams and rely on historical data, as well as professional experience, when making business decisions and overseeing processes.

Drones have emerged as a valuable worksite tool for engineers responsible for building and monitoring the complex structural integrity of tailings dams. The use of drones for tailings dams enables routine data-collection to assist in evaluations, which can assist in early detection and prevention. By leveraging aerial data collected by a drone, engineers can actively monitor the strength of dams by combining historical and real-time data, hence greatly improving engineering, management and safety & control of tailings dams. Data-driven automated drones can assist with efficient maintenance of tailings dams, as well as reduce risk of dam failure. Additionally, using industrial drones for tailings dams allows mining engineers to focus on analyses for informed risk management and clear decision making.

Airobotics’ pilotless drone system equips mining engineers with an industrial tool for monitoring tailings dams. The system enables data-collection to assist in identifying surface cracking and locating erosion and delivers data to engineers, surveying and maintenance teams for informed decision-making and actions. Undoubtedly, this process will improve the dams’ planning and maintenance. Leveraging drones for tailings dams provides mining professionals with access to frequent, high-quality data of site tailings dams’ boundaries to inspect unsafe or hard-to-reach areas without exposing personnel to hazards and ensuring operational efficiency.


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Many mining companies are investing immense resources in technological solutions that provide greater data collection and analysis. This data has enabled companies to monitor what is happening on-site and generate insights that can improve results, cut costs and advance capital flexibility for growth opportunities.

Airobotics’ concept paper, Automated Drone Applications in Mining, gives an in-depth look into various drone applications used in mining, including the direct and indirect cost benefits.

With Airobotics’ fully automated and self-operated drone platform, mining companies can receive the data they require for various functions across the mine, without the operational complexity and overhead.

The paper includes the following applications: 

  • Stockpile Management
  • Geotechnical Modeling
  • Inspection & Monitoring
  • Drilling & Blasting
  • Hauling Optimization
  • General Project Oversight
  • Tailings Dams
  • Security & Emergency Response


benefits of using automated drone in the mining industry