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Enabling success with drones in mining & aggregates means something different for different organizations. For the most part, that success comes down to being able to perform tasks in a faster, cheaper or safer way, but the distinctions when it comes to where value can be found vary from providing better visibility of a stockpile to being able to automatically generate inventory reports.
To highlight some of the people who are defining this value, we’ve put together a list of 7 drone visionaries working in this field along with a bonus visionary whose interest goes beyond this specific application of the technology.
Michael Singer, CEO
Who is he?
Michael is the founder and CEO of DroneView Technologies, an organization that works with enterprise customers throughout the United States to collect, process and extract real value out of aerial data. The company is focused on commercial applications and photogrammetry where the benefits of using drones and piloted aircraft to collect and process aerial image/video data can yield discernible value.
How is he making an impact?
Michael has been part of the push to help enterprise stakeholders realize that drones are effective, safe and reliable tools that have a permanent place in the mining and aggregates industry. He’s at the forefront of the tipping point the industry as a whole has reached, as early adopters of drone technology have proven the value of drones and have paved the way for many, many followers to adopt drones into their organizations and workflow.
Specific to mining and aggregates, he’s helped enable the continued growth and widespread adoption of drone technology to change the approach and expectations for both large and small companies. These changes include an increase in the frequency of stockpile inventory measurement, a quicker turnaround of processed actionable base inventory data and tighter data integration with established corporate inventory management and accounting systems. All of these improvements have allowed organizations to truly realize the potential drones have to make a task or process cheaper, faster and/or safer.
What’s on the horizon?
The improvements that Michael has helped organizations recognize and enable thanks to drones will continue to grow and develop, but he has his eye on what can and will change for the underlying technology.
“As the three-year-old commercial drone industry in the US continues to evolve, like we experienced in the personal computer industry, equipment capabilities will continue to improve and their prices will trend down,” Michael said. “New sensors, particularly LiDAR will see increased adoption for precision mapping projects, especially in vegetated areas.”