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Heliguy ships drones to Africa

Heliguy has shipped $500K worth of DJI drones to African mining companies

Drone supplier, Heliguy has supplied nearly AUD $500,000 worth of drone stock to major mining companies in Africa for use across a range of applications.

Heliguy a leading supplier of DJI drones has delivered a suite of DJI equipment to bolster fleets in the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Namibia and Burkina Faso.

Heliguy says the contracts for supply are based on our in-depth industry knowledge and experience, on-demand technical and maintenance support – which includes an R&D consultancy – and the ease of accessing our vast pool of drones, sensors and ancillaries.

Heliguy’s assured support and rapid repair service are vital for companies in the mining industry, as the drones are pushed to their limits in difficult conditions and harsh landscapes – with dust, dirt and extreme weather the norm.

The fact that Heliguy has supplied $500K of drone stock to mines in Africa – and an additional half million AUD to sites around Europe – shows how integral this technology has become for the industry.

Indeed, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are an essential tool for this type of work, playing a vital part in creating digitised mines of the future, where real-time planning and execution can be conducted to improve efficiency and production.

As Chris Clark, from Rocketmine – Africa’s Premier Drone Services Provider – says: “Drones are assisting mines to plan, execute and monitor more effectively, which reduces costs, enhances safety and improves efficiency.”

Drones are being deployed for various tasks such as exploration and inspection, security and surveillance, mapping, calculating the volume of stockpiles and for surveying, helping to provide rapid visual access and multiple views.

A digitised stockpile at a mine site, using photogrammetry software package, Pix4Dmapper. Heliguy is a Pix4D agent.

Information gathered from a drone can then be downloaded and converted into 3D visualisations of the site which can be used to inform the way in which future site operations are planned, adapted and carried out.

Drones are also cost-effective – requiring less manpower and obtaining data quicker than traditional methods – and easy to fly.

Drones can complement traditional mining methods.

But perhaps most importantly, they increase the safety of mining activities, removing the need for people to operate in potentially hazardous areas. For instance, UAVs can be used to inspect and monitor high-risk areas, including stockpiles, mine slopes, ore passes, tailings dams and chemical-storage facilities – all while taking people away from these dangerous parts of a site.

Drones can also check for the presence of personnel in a blast area and measure fragmentation or the direction of dust movement after a blast.

How DJI Drones Can Help For Mining

With this in mind, which drones are available to help mining companies?

DJI has a range of suitable UAVs, which are reliable and rugged performers in the harsh environments of a mining site, from hostile temperatures to oceans of dust.

Indeed, the Matrice 200 Series V2, the Phantom 4 RTK and the Mavic 2 Enterprise Zoom and Dual were among the fleet of drones which Heliguy has shipped to Africa, along with sophisticated thermal and zoom features.

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AMSJ April 2022