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www.engineerlive.com INDUSTRY NEWS


SPECIAL FOCUS: DRONES Drones take off


Drones head underground


A selection of the latest mining product, service and project news


Reporting on the fast-growing adoption of UAVS for use in a variety of mining applications


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3D laser scanning and mapping of underground mine cavities with aerial drones


DRILL & BLAST Redefi ning the drill rig LOAD & HAUL Making haul trucks safer


Could a new design of drill rig provide a revolution in Australian mining?


A new vehicle intervention system is designed to lead to safer mines


PUBLISHER David Washington


EDITOR Louise Smyth +44 (0)207 454 7177 CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Jon Lawson STUDIO Gill Harris


SETFORM www.engineerlive.com


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Setform’s international magazine for engineers is published monthly and distributed to senior engineers throughout the world. This issue concentrates on Mining Engineering. Other issues focus on Oil & Gas, Design, Process, Electronics and Power.


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Smart, shovel-based solution How an innovative new payload


monitoring system can help to improve fl eet productivity


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Coping with demand for copper Rigid haulers are improving operations at a Romanian copper mine


SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT Makeover for mine equipment


By devising a comprehensive upgrade programme, a Chilean mine has improved the availability of its VPA fi lter by 15%


Containment strategy Silver mine controls dust and spillage using modern conveyor technology


Advances in materials handling Re-engineering transfer points to remove the maintenance headache


Advancing wear resistance Not all wear solutions are created equal so it pays to take some expert advice


International EYE


NEW drill rig design


HAUL TRUCKS Safer


Mining makeover Equipment upgrade programme reaps rewards at Chilean site


Payload monitoring Introducing a smart new solution designed to improve fleet productivity


November 2017 www.engineerlive.com Drones deliver data SKY


TECCONVEY0RHNOLOGY Upgrading


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Report on the burgeoning use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for a variety of mining applications


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