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

Using drones to collect blast fragmentation images

The article below was published in Mining Magazine and takes a look at how aerial drones can be used to optimise blast and stockpile fragmentation. Images collected by the drone can be used in the WipFrag iOS or desktop software to analyse the stockpiles.

“Drone imaging can give mine and aggregate sites a fast, accurate and economical way of bench- marking and optimising material size throughout an operation”

The Sky’s the Limit

2016 Wipware Distributors Conference

Glen Blackstock recently attended the biannual Wipware Distributors conference in North Bay, Canada. Training was provided on the blast fragmentation instruments that have recently been launched. These include new WipFrag iOS software and the new Solo M4.

Aside from working hard, Glen was treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a 356m  walk above the city of Toronto from the top of the CN Tower. Fortunately, although the weather was chilly (for an Australian), the skies were perfectly blue, and he was able to experience Northern Ontario’s beautiful “fall” colors.

Wipware Distributors conference