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Autralian Mining Companies Increasing Use of UAVs

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the tracking-down-nightrider dept.

Australia 67

aesoteric writes "Australia's top miners have opened a new front in their march to automation, flying unmanned aerial vehicles in increasing numbers at remote sites across the country. They've been used to inspect a fire-damaged oil rig, perform aerial photography and stockpile surveys. There is also a trend towards non U.S.-built UAVs, due to the lag in receiving export approvals for the aircraft and spare parts."

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What they haven't done, (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139271)

is fly a UAV up my ass.

Re:What they haven't done, (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139371)

Cum on over to my place. I've got 10 inches of fucking TREE STUMP to pound your ass with, and a 20-pack of extra large Trojan "Super Thins", a set of rubber sheets, and a Tyvek jump suit.

Dude, I'm ready to PARTY in your anus.

As an Autralian ambassador... (5, Funny)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139281)

I would like to know why this has been tagged as being about "Australia" and not my home country, "Autralia". Stupid Americans! I suppose you think Autria is the same country, too!

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139301)

Amricans* let me fix that for ya.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (2)

ganjadude (952775) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139401)

"Murrkins, FTFY

Fuck yeah!

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (2)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139451)

Not sure how you spell it, but a 'murkin' is a pubic hair wig used by actors.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (2, Insightful)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139493)

It is also how ignorant ass alcoholics who got "gentlemans Cs" in college, went MIA from the Coast Guard, and started two wars whilst never paying for them and removing consumer and environmental protections while his rich buddies get richer by betting against the middle class pronounce "Americans".
Fuck GWB.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139513)

yeah i'm glad people still remember how horrible bush was. obama's marginally better in some ways and worse in some others.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

ganjadude (952775) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139515)

wooosh

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139543)

There is no "wooosh".

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

ganjadude (952775) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139733)

if theres no "woosh" than just OT? ok, got it

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139951)

That's the sound of the Autralian "stealth" UAV flying over your head.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139607)

Minor correction: Bush was in the Texas Air National Guard, not the U.S. Coast Guard. Get it right.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (4, Informative)

sirdude (578412) | more than 2 years ago | (#40140019)

Interesting to see Merkin [wiktionary.org] also now mentions that it's used as a pejorative in the UK. I've seen a couple of comedians use it in their gags (Rory Bremner comes to mind), but haven't come across any day-to-day usage as such.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

hackertourist (2202674) | about 2 years ago | (#40140719)

I have. Usenet, ca 15 years ago.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 2 years ago | (#40161603)

Most of the time if we're being perjorative about Americans, we refer to them as "Septics," (from rhyming slang of "septic tanks" for "Yanks".

"Merkins" is still pretty rare and nowhere near as perjorative. The only "place" where I know of "Merkin" being the preferred contemptuous dismissal is in fora discussing Terry Pratchett's works. And there, because it's generally fans talking about other fans, it's rarely hurled with any force, no more scathing than a "Jock", "Paddy", "Boyo", "Geordie", "Makem", ...

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

sirdude (578412) | more than 2 years ago | (#40166227)

Ah, yes. Actually, I've heard the term "antiseptic" used relatively more often than plain "septic" :D It always brings a smile to my face :)

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

multiben (1916126) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139305)

Does that make us all Auties?

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139525)

"Autistics" There, fixed it for ya.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139369)

Are you new around here? A spelling error on Slashdot....I'm shocked!!!

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139389)

Makes me so mad, I'm having trouble chucking another hrimp on barbie.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (5, Informative)

Zuriel (1760072) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139505)

Australians use the word 'prawn', actually. Just so you know.

When Australian comedian Paul Hogan used the phrase, "I'll slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you" in an American television advertisement, it was intended to make what he was saying easier for his American audience to understand, and was thus a deliberate distortion of what an Australian would typically say.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prawn#Shrimp_and_prawns [wikipedia.org]

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139541)

That's kind of you to note but as I'm making a reference to the campaign, calling it a 'prawn' would be counter to that to my intent.

FYI, I'm Australian. Sorry, Autralian.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

Grayhand (2610049) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139871)

"Australians use the word 'prawn', actually. Just so you know." Wait a minute. Australians eat intelligent South African aliens? That's more disturbing than Japanese eating whale burgers. They may be aliens but Prawns deserve the same rights as any intelligent species. Besides how big are Australian Barbecues? Prawns are really big so it must take forever to cook one.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40162627)

Well I lol'd, have been thinking about watching that most awesome movie again, you may have just tipped me over the edge...

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139403)

I would like to know why this has been tagged as being about "Australia" and not my home country, "Autralia". Stupid Americans! I suppose you think Autria is the same country, too!

Shouldn't that be "Stupid Armenians!"?

Quack Slurp! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139437)

Dollars, Taxes. That's where my uncle is a-from.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (2)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139445)

Yuh dickhead, that ain't ow yuh spell Oz-stray-lee-ah.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139479)

It's Ostraya.

Ya dickhead.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (2)

Brain Damaged Bogan (1006835) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139755)

nah, It's 'Straya fuckin' wanker.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139779)

(Note: The "fuckin' wanker" is part of the name.)

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139455)

I suppose you think Autria is the same country, too!

Not me. I once went skiing in Autria!

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139569)

Is your country the one where Arold Scharzenegger is from?

Or Croodile Dunee?

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139583)

You must be from a different State to me. I always thought it was "Straya"

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1, Redundant)

Grayhand (2610049) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139603)

I would like to know why this has been tagged as being about "Australia" and not my home country, "Autralia". Stupid Americans! I suppose you think Autria is the same country, too!

We have the same problem in Fance. Just because our capital is Pais they assume we are just north of Spain and none of our keyboards have "R"s.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139619)

I thought it had to have an "r" that is a major part of "w" "e" "s" "u" "r" "r" "e" "n" "d" "e" "r"

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#40140447)

Geeknat must have added Dolan to the list of editors.

Dashslot plz.

Re:As an Autralian ambassador... (1)

aynoknman (1071612) | about 2 years ago | (#40142589)

Must have been written from someone from La Vega or Lo Angele maybe An Francico

do they have to kill 3 people everytime they useit (1)

laserdog (2500192) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139283)

HE HE HE

Looking for a UAV to observe a mine near me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139299)

Our neighbors are dumping fill in our lake and I would love a UAV to catch them in the act.

Huge cost savings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139337)

Imagine how much this must be saving them, with their $300,000/year (plus perks) salaries for low-education workers.

So what? (5, Informative)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139353)

The grand word "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" hides the very simple concept of an oversized radio-controlled plane. Amateurs have been doing aerial photography - and sometimes very good aerial photography - on the cheap with RC planes for a long time. Nothing earth-shattering here...

Re:So what? (5, Informative)

XiaoMing (1574363) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139419)

If you look at the video in TFA, or even at any of the $20 RC toys that are out there now, you will see one ubiquitous characteristic not present a decade ago that explains why they are such an attractive option: the gyro-stabilization.

Even a few years back when toy RC copters were just becoming popular, the kludgiest self-righting unit could sell for $100's, and reviews were always comparing their self-righting capabilities and ease of use. Nowadays, the RC gyro units go for pocket money, and the user-friendliness of gyro-copters compared to an RC plane is like WSIWYG vs. LaTeX.

Now you couple that evolution with the task at hand (taking good pictures/video w.r.t. VTOL vs. Hand Launch, Hover vs. Fly By), and you immediately begin to see why it's taking off (haha!).

Re:So what? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139425)

This is earth shattering the way everything in the industrial era is earth shattering. That is, it's the mass manufacture of an object with a more convenient packaging and simpler user experience. In this case, the more convenient packaging largely has to do with better avionics (the VTOLs can stay stationary in mid air even in heavy cross winds) and a much longer flight time (better batteries, something we've been building up to for some years).

Yes, a hobbyist could have built this crap 10 years ago, using off-the-shell parts, some machining equipment, and perhaps some state-of-the-art pieces here and there. But you (the user) had to have all that know-how yourself, including piloting. Now there's a market, not just in the aircraft itself but in support and piloting.

Well, That's settles it, I'm getting a UAV! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139365)

Everybody has got one. I know. I know. I'm a chronic late adopter.

moD down (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139379)

Codebase. Became

Many commercial and civil uses... (5, Interesting)

bughunter (10093) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139383)

You hear a lot of hyperbole lately from across the political spectrum bemoaning dire consequences from the use of UAVs. But having worked for a UAV manufacturer in the past, I know with certainty that they are preparing many flavors of unmanned systems for civil and commercial uses. Land management, asset management, traffic reporting, forestry, mining, oceanography, geology, communications, medevac, and cargo applications are just a few of the things that they could do... and will one day.

However, the only people now with enough money to purchase them are military customers. Thats why almost all of the UAVs out there are military ones.

Re:Many commercial and civil uses... (1)

hairyfish (1653411) | about 2 years ago | (#40140667)

I know with certainty that they are preparing many flavors of unmanned systems for civil and commercial uses. Land management, asset management, traffic reporting, forestry, mining, oceanography, geology, communications, medevac, and cargo applications are just a few of the things that they could do...

Let me know when I can use one to pick up chicks then I'll be interested

Re:Many commercial and civil uses... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40140991)

Several companies are working on a Giant Claw attachment as we speak...

Re:Many commercial and civil uses... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40146751)

Let me know when I can use one to pick up chicks then I'll be interested

'Would you like to see my flying robot contraption?' is probably not much better than 'Would you like to see my gaming PC?' as a pickup line.

Stockpile Monitoring (2)

pitchpipe (708843) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139547)

The use of an UAV for stockpile monitoring sounds like a bit of hype to me. Stockpiles are constantly changing not only in size, but in shape as well. Hence, they need to be constantly monitored. Show me an UAV that can constantly monitor a stockpile in real time 24/7, then we'll talk.

Re:Stockpile Monitoring (1)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139785)

Show me an UAV that can constantly monitor a stockpile in real time 24/7, then we'll talk.

Several units working in shifts?

Re:Stockpile Monitoring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139809)

so what, this is some sort of pro-UAV agenda where mining companies misrepresent their UAV use to appear they're more pro-UAV than they really are, in order to assuage the multinational UAV corporations that're holding them for ransom?

Re:Stockpile Monitoring (2)

Dr Max (1696200) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139851)

Airship uav maybe.

Re:Stockpile Monitoring (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#40140311)

The use of an UAV for stockpile monitoring sounds like a bit of hype to me. Stockpiles are constantly changing not only in size, but in shape as well. Hence, they need to be constantly monitored. Show me an UAV that can constantly monitor a stockpile in real time 24/7, then we'll talk.

Maybe there are plenty of stockpiles around the world that don't need to be monitored every minute of every day.

Re:Stockpile Monitoring (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40142161)

OMG, the stockpile had 1.2 million CY of rock yesterday and today it has grown by 2500 CY. My spreadsheets will be so far off I dont' know what to do! Help me UAV, you're my only hope!

Re:Stockpile Monitoring (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40146653)

Bingo.

In our aggregate business, we need measurements once a year. Quarterly would be nice, monthly probably excessive.

We're seriously considering dropping $70K on a drone because the cost of getting the engineers to do it is, over the lifetime of the drone, more.

Re:Stockpile Monitoring (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40142467)

Aerovel has a unit that stays up 48 hrs, then lands and refuels and takes back off totally anonymously.

eats, shoots and leaves (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 2 years ago | (#40145367)

Aerovel has a unit that stays up 48 hrs, then lands and refuels and takes back off totally anonymously.

You mean it leaves without paying for the fuel?

Must be the Autrailian speelling...

Re:Stockpile Monitoring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40153061)

Stockpiles may be constantly changing in size (and shape, obviously -- not sure why that makes a difference), but there are legal requirements (for publicly listed companies) for reporting of volumes at fixed intervals. Independent audits are normally conducted once per year but there are operational advantages to capturing volumes once per month, and this is a very standard practice in the industry. UAVs are very attractive for this. Suggesting that they either need to be known continuously or not at all sounds like a lack of subject knowledge to me.

But what about the lasers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139557)

And the sharks. And the sharks with lasers on their heads! Don't tell me you had to settle for mutant tuna!

Non US built UAV (1)

geogob (569250) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139823)

I hear Iran is now in the business of building US Non Us built UAV...

But on a more serious not, I can only understand this. With the export of an UAV, you also export enough paper work for two full time jobs.

UAVs Suck - Afghanistan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40140241)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=478_1338122500

Lot of time (1)

neo12 (1892318) | more than 2 years ago | (#40140471)

I think people have lot of time commenting on random stuff (me included lol)

Build your own, buying is so lame (1)

cheekyboy (598084) | about 2 years ago | (#40140845)

1 click order on HobbyKing and a make 100 Zaphyrs, and bingo , you have a army of planes, all for less than $1k per plane.

diydrones.com too has great gear.

basically, any product you want, 3 minutes google, and you have it, unless you want UAVs with tasers+shotguns and gas powered engines for Terminator style attacks

Why is there an EXPECTATION of buying US products? (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 2 years ago | (#40161749)

There is also a trend towards non U.S.-built UAVs, due to the lag in receiving export approvals for the aircraft and spare parts."

Why is there an expectation that people would buy product from some particular country, particularly if that country has severe restrictions on export? Is this "U.S." place going to get used to being in a free market one day?

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