Evaluating the use of UAVs in Strip Mining

Welcome. This webpage outlines the Undergraduate Thesis by Kiernan Smithson, 'Evaluating the use of UAVs in Strip Mining'. For more detailed information regarding the contents of this thesis, please contact me. This thesis was generously supported by Ensham Resources Pty Ltd.

Rotomotion SR20 Test Flight

In May 2010, A test flight was undertaken at Ensham Resources using a modified Rotomotion SR20 UAV to calculated coal stockpile volumes and create a Digital Terrain Model of a prestrip dump.

Trex700E Test Flight

In September 2010, a test flight was undertaken to see progress on a new UAV based on the Trex700E by Clearbox Systems.

Future of UAVs in Strip-Mining

Throughout October, there has been a number of meetings to discuss the future of UAVs and the future of their application in the mining industry