The use of technology in the mining sector
Tech mining or technology mining refers to the application of technical documents to the techniques of text mining. It is called ‘patent mining‘ for patent review purposes. Also, technology mining can be considered as one of technology intelligence divisions. To build roads and hospitals, to build cars and homes, to make computers and satellites, to produce energy, and to supply the many other products and services that customers enjoy, mined materials are required. Moreover, for producing regions and countries, mining is economically important.
- Here are some mining technologies:
- Spatial data visualization
The mining industry gains insights into mining systems at a reduced cost and environmental impact by using emerging technologies such as spatial data effectively. The mining industry is increasingly moving toward a future where houses, plants, mines, and all related facilities can be digitally designed and deconstructed before ever breaking ground to create a truly intelligent mine.
- Three-dimensional (3D) modeling produces a noticeable, life-like impression that helps the human brain to perceive and react to complex interrelated problems with depth perception. By reimagining the mine more effectively, 3D modeling helps companies.
- Virtual Reality (VR) is a software environment created artificially that uses data from real life. The virtual world plunges individuals into a 3-D world created by the user. In order to help miners experience what it is like working in a mine or preparing a new mine without being out in the mines, VR provides an enhanced impression.
- Digital projection overlays Augmented Reality (AR) into a real-world setting. AR does this by increasing the visual area of the user with computer-generated inputs such as sound, video, apps, and graphics. In order to practice using virtual simulators, miners use augmented reality, which also lets the industry minimize the cost of equipment maintenance.
- Geographic information systems
GIS is an integral tool that provides a closer look at how geographic relationships impact the world around us. Miners are able to solve real-life problems where location and accessibility are important, with the help of GIS. Geospatial data reflects the position, size, and shape of an entity. By visualizing this form of data, miners gain more insight into the system or mine environment depicted.
To get insight into the following, GIS is used:
- Exploration for minerals
- Data on Geochemical and Hydrology
- Generating reports
- Management of the facility and tailings
- Sustainability and compliance with regulations
- Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) is now leading the decision-making process at organizations powered by insight. In order to enhance operational performance, mine protection, and development workflow, they use smart data and machine learning. The application of artificial intelligence technology produces daily data in half the time compared to what has historically been used in the field.
- Mineral processing and exploration: By using high-performance AI technology, businesses can more easily locate minerals.
- Autonomous vehicles and drillers: Businesses across the globe have used autonomous vehicles in their pit-to-pit operations for over eight years. With AI, self-driving trucks can pass easily through narrow tunnels. Now, with a single operator who manages many drill rigs at once, drilling systems are often simplified.