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miners2Miningmx writes that when a mine disaster strikes, sending in rescue teams can be fraught with danger.  One solution that the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) has been working on is the development of a drone to check whether or not it is safe to send humans to the scene.  

According to Fred Cawood, WMI’s director, the institute has now built two prototypes that are being tested at its mock mine facility.  Six post-graduate students are working on the project with funding being provided by the Mine Health and Safety Council.  Cawood pointed out that drones could be used for a number of purposes on the safety front.  First of all when it came to disasters, to see what was happening before people were sent down.  Compliance was another potential use, to make sure support systems, for example, me,et industry standards.  “Another use is to use it as a canary so you can detect gases and poor air quality,” Cawood said.  It could also conceivably also be used to detect illegal mining activity underground, complimenting drones that were being deployed for that purpose above ground.

  • Read Ed Stoddard’s report in the above regard in full at Miningmx

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