Utilisation of aerial drones to optimise blast and stockpile fragmentation

This document was published in The Journal of Explosives Engineering – July/August 2017.  It introduces the use of drone-generated aerial photography to collect and analyse fragmentation data for both muck piles and post-crusher stockpiles in order to support the continuous improvement process.

In tandem with the Wipware photo-analysis software, drone-imaging gives mines and aggregate sites a fast, accurate and economical method of benchmarking and optimising the process of size reduction to specifications.

The use of drones to optimise blast and stockpile fragmentation