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How Survey Drones Helped Barrick Pueblo Viejo Gold Mine Save Time, Money and Improve Site Safety
COMPANY
Pueblo Viejo is an open pit gold mine in the Dominican Republic, located approximately 100 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of Santo Domingo, the country’s capital. The site consists of three ore pits and three limestone quarries and is considered one of the largest gold mines in the world, with a projected mine life of over 25 years. The mine is operated by Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation, a joint venture between Barrick and Newmont Goldcorp.
CHALLENGES
One of the largest gold mines in the world, Pueblo Viejo relies
on its 10-member survey team to collect and deliver data that is critical to the mine’s operation. This survey team is responsible for providing volume reconciliation, stockpile inventory, slope monitoring and more, so it’s important that survey staff accomplish their tasks in a speedy and safe manner. Failure to do so can adversely affect production, or worse, pose serious threat to worker safety.
According to Pueblo Viejo’s Senior Mine Surveyor, Jhon Ozoria Lora, accomplishing all the above for the whole mining operation used to be time-consuming and dangerous, ultimately proving too difficult for his team to achieve with traditional survey equipment alone.
“It used to take more than a week for four survey crew members working about 96 hours to cover all our pits, quarries and stockpiles. My guys had to physically walk around with GPS/ RTK equipment to take measurements, which was dangerous and took a
long time.”
“It used to take more than a week for four survey crew members working about 96 hours to cover all our pits, quarries and stockpiles,” Ozoria says. “My guys had to physically walk around with GPS/RTK equipment to take measurements, which was dangerous and took a long time.”
As a result, Ozoria and his team needed a way to accelerate their survey data collection without jeopardising worker safety, all while providing an accurate way of measuring Pueblo Viejo’s inventory and fielding requests from various technical departments.
SOLUTION
The solution ultimately came in the form of survey drone technology, Ozoria recalls. While there were other drones to choose from and other drone options to consider, such as fixed- wing and multirotor models, Ozoria and the Pueblo Viejo survey team landed on solutions from senseFly, specifically the eBee fixed-wing drone.
“It used to take us a week to survey the site. Now it takes us half a day. ”
“We decided to use senseFly because senseFly drones are light, easy-to-handle and easy-to-use,” says Ozoria. “We chose fixed-wing drones because they have several advantages over multirotor drones: they can fly faster and longer, which means they can cover larger areas in less time. That was really important to us.”
Ozoria felt confident that the eBee would enhance operational efficiency, but just by how much exceeded his expectations.
“It used to take us a week to survey the site. Now it takes us half a day,” Ozoria says.
Explore new ways to map the mine and collect mine data safely and accurately
Expedite the time it takes for the survey team to map the mine and provide that data to other teams
Optimise and reduce mine operating costs
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