Smart Sensing for Mineral Exploration through to Mine Closure


  • Simit Raval Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices, School of Mining Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney



remote sensing, mine environment, UAV, multispectral, hyperspectral, LiDAR and RADAR


This presentation provides an overview of advanced sensing systems to monitor various aspects of mining operations from mineral explorations through to mine closures. A review of the case studies utilising multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal, LiDAR and RADAR sensors, in both surface and underground mines, is highlighted with the associated capabilities and challenges. The examples include sensors mounted on satellites, aircrafts and more recently Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)/drones. Monitoring for socio-environmental aspects of mining at regional and site levels are outlined. The appropriateness of a sensor-platform combination has been found critical for different applications in mining. Finally, an integrated intelligent sensor system network is projected for a futuristic mine vision.