Peter Smith
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the Resources
Industry
Perth
26 June 2014
 Perhaps – there are some great successes – military ISR
 Perhaps not – there are some spectacular failures – fisheries ...
Almost every day a new UAS application
Example - Phantom and Go-pro – from toy to tool
Are there resource industry paralle...
 Predator – 2,000,000 hours
 Shadow – 900,000 hours
 Global Hawk – 100,000 hours
 Aerosonde 70,000 hours
Massive Variety
What could they do for mining?
 You tell me – it’s your money!
 Ultimately the criterion will be user value propositions
 Can UAS do something new? Pe...
An industry in itself?
Which one would you like?
Which are relevant to mining?
 In manned aircraft terms, about 1950 – rapid advance in
technology due to a war - first generation turbine aircraft
 Se...
 Early days of implementation
 Consensus – huge promise in the “right” roles
 Early adopters
Sport Meteorology
Media Ma...
 Better understanding of customer needs (not a solution in need of a problem)
 Routine operations in the national airspa...
Thank you.
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges...
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Peter Smith, Strategic Consultant, Bartonvale Technologies delivered the presentation at the 2014 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the Resources Industry.

The 2014 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the Resources Industry explored the enormous potential of UAVs within mining and resources operations.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.informa.com.au/uavresourcesconference14


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Peter Smith - Bartonvale Technologies - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Global review of technology, roadmaps, roles, challenges, opportunities and predictions

  1. 1. Peter Smith Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in the Resources Industry Perth 26 June 2014
  2. 2.  Perhaps – there are some great successes – military ISR  Perhaps not – there are some spectacular failures – fisheries (early)  Suspiciously – impetus has largely come from the supply side  Auspiciously – more initiatives are now from innovative users  Realistically – it’s still early days  Optimistically – the rate of technological adaptation is awesome  Practically – it depends on the need.
  3. 3. Almost every day a new UAS application Example - Phantom and Go-pro – from toy to tool Are there resource industry parallels?
  4. 4.  Predator – 2,000,000 hours  Shadow – 900,000 hours  Global Hawk – 100,000 hours  Aerosonde 70,000 hours
  5. 5. Massive Variety What could they do for mining?
  6. 6.  You tell me – it’s your money!  Ultimately the criterion will be user value propositions  Can UAS do something new? Persistent, covert surveillance  Can UAS do something better? Infrastructure inspection  Can UAS do something safer? Wind turbine inspections  Can UAS do something cheaper? 3D topographic survey
  7. 7. An industry in itself? Which one would you like? Which are relevant to mining?
  8. 8.  In manned aircraft terms, about 1950 – rapid advance in technology due to a war - first generation turbine aircraft  Several million operational hours flown  Proven life saving asset for surveillance (ISR)  Limited armed capability (Predator only)  Optimised for uncontested environments  Accepted as a genuine alternative to manned aircraft  Ambitious future technology goals
  9. 9.  Early days of implementation  Consensus – huge promise in the “right” roles  Early adopters Sport Meteorology Media Maritime surveillance Infrastructure inspection Mining Survey Environment Science First responders Real estate  Certification and operation in the national airspace high priority  Unlicensed operations a worldwide problem – small surrender?
  10. 10.  Better understanding of customer needs (not a solution in need of a problem)  Routine operations in the national airspace with manned aircraft  Situational awareness/sense-and-avoid  Standards for certification, operations and training  Cost-effectiveness rather than capability at almost any cost  Affordable long range communications and control  Increased autonomy to reduce crew costs  Releasing and adapting military technology for civil use  Integrating new technologies for civil operations
  11. 11. Thank you.

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