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Product Release Notes - January 2023

Catch up on Skycatch's latest Product Release notes for both DataHub and EdgePlus.

How to Automate Drone Mapping to Create Efficiency and Scalability

To some, the idea of drone flight with imaging equipment to create maps would’ve sounded like science fiction until recently. Today, more and more mining businesses rely on drone mapping to save time and money when mapping and land surveying.

Skycatch and UPG Sign Exclusive Partnership to Distribute RPAS Technology in ANZ

Skycatch is pleased to announce that following the acquisition of HL Geospatial by UPG (Ultimate Positioning Group Pty Ltd), the three-year partnership established in Western Australia will now be carried forward by UPG as the distribution partner for all of Australia and New Zealand.

8 Ways Mining Companies Can Enhance ROI and Productivity

Over the past several years, professionals in the mining industry have faced significant challenges despite continuing to expand innovation in the field.

Drone Photogrammetry vs. Lidar –Which is Most Suitable for Your Mine?

Drone photogrammetry, in particular, is fantastic for stockpile management, general survey and highwall mining because it allows for more accurate calculations, greater efficiency, and increased profits. 

Mitigating Mining’s Environmental Impact With Technology

Traditionally, tailings dam monitoring has been a tedious, manual process with mixed results. Mine operators bore holes along the dam surrounding the tailings storage facility (TSF), then periodically visited those spots to take measurements.

How Deployment of High Accuracy Drones Makes Surface Mining Safer

Drones are no longer "a nice to have" option at an open-pit mining site. They have become a necessity to explore and survey land, assist with drill and blast planning, measure stockpiles and capture data from vast highwall mining sites.

Experts Discuss Tailings and Innovative Monitoring Technologies

Huge thanks to Antonio Caires, Henrique Alves, and Sean Hinchberger for contributing to such a dynamic and informative discussion. With over 50 years’ experience between them, we had a lot to learn from their insights related to current trends as well as developing technologies that could make TSFs safer, more secure, and more sustainable going forwards.

How Accurate Do Your Mine Surveys Need To Be?

We had a lively discussion with two experienced mine surveyors during the inaugural launch of the Skycatch monthly series of expert roundtables and thought leadership webinars.

What is Photogrammetry, and How Has it Evolved in Open Pit Mining?

In simplest terms, photogrammetry turns 2D photos into 3D models.

What Does Earth Day Mean for Mining Companies?

The team at Skycatch is just a small percentage of the world’s population who are coming together to celebrate Earth Day today. It is estimated that more than 1 billion people worldwide take part in Earth Day initiatives every year, and we know that every single one of us counts.

3 Types of Highwall Mining Technology Making the Industry Safer

Mining is as much about gathering information as it is gathering metals and minerals. Similarly, as heavy equipment and extraction techniques have evolved over the years, so, too, have information-capturing techniques and technologies. Highwall mining, in particular, has come a long way, and modern mining operations are reaping the benefits with new mining solutions.

The Evolution of Data Capture and Analysis for Highwall Mining

Highwall mine analysis has come a long way, but progress didn’t happen overnight. For decades, accurately assessing slope stability and other highwall characteristics has been challenging, expensive and dangerous.

How Surveying Is No Longer The Highwall Mining Data Bottleneck

Capturing good, accurate data for highwall mining analysis has been a persistent challenge facing the mining industry, and we think it’s one worth improving.

How Digital Innovation in Mining is Changing the Face of the Industry

Techniques have come a long way since the Romans first began digging for tin using iron chisels and hammers—now we have all sorts of machinery to make the excavation and extraction of minerals safer and more accurate.

Some Findings on Surface Mining And Environmental Sustainability

Climate change is a “hot topic” in the 21st century … literally. Rising temperatures and sea levels, melting ice caps, and the loss of species are things many of us are concerned about.

The Impact of Drone Tech on Sustainability

Mining and the push to build a sustainable future are inextricably linked.

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