Drones have quickly become a popular tool for quarry management. From planning to operations, they are saving companies time and money by assessing and measuring raw material stockpiles quickly and efficiently. By Rosalie Bartlett, Kespry, USA.
Drones are increasing quarry efficiency in several ways. One example is through stockpile measurement. In the past, many aggregate companies would measure stockpiles using a combination of employees on the ground and third-party surveyors. Surveys would happen a few times a year, using various pieces of equipment and take anywhere from a few days to a week to complete. This method was expensive, dangerous, time-consuming and the results were not always immediately available. Once the results were available, they were often difficult to share or audit.