Benefits of drone footage

INSIGHT: Drones are being used in mines to help monitor movement.
INSIGHT: Drones are being used in mines to help monitor movement. Lucy Buhr

LAST week I had the pleasure of seeing the drone technology that the Legacy Mines Unit of my Department was deploying in the field to monitor and inspect legacy mine sites across the Territory.

I also had the pleasure of speaking to staff at the Legacy Mines Unit about how the use of drones has enhanced their capability and efficiency when working on site.

I would like to share with you the benefits that have come from the deployment of drones in monitoring legacy mines.

The use of this new drone technology allows for fast and efficient inspection of legacy mining sites leading to further remediation work and heightened community safety.

The drone has recently been used in the Tennant Creek area to inspect the legacy mine sites - Warrego, Orlando, Nobles Nob - and former Peko mine after recent heavy rains.

The vision that has come back from these sites has proven to be of huge benefit as it allowed rapid investigation to see if any urgent works were needed.

Images and data from the drone can be used to help plan the next stages of work to help mitigate risk from legacy mine sites.

Legacy mines can pose a danger to the general public if left unidentified and the aerial view from the drone makes identifiable old workings that may not be able to be identified from the ground.

The drone also allows for the use of thermal imaging cameras and the capture of data for digital terrain models that can be created back in the office.

My department is currently undertaking an inventory of legacy mine sites in the Territory to protect public safety and also ensure high standards of environmental control.

I would like to thank the Legacy Mines Unit for the work they do and for taking the time to show me their new drone technology.

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