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Drones in Mining – Thematic Research

GlobalData's “Drones in Mining” analyses how drones technology is affecting the global metals & mining industry now, in addition to key trends shaping across the industry.

Drone technology has demonstrated a varied range of mining applications from exploration, surveying and mapping to maintaining safety and enhancing security. The popularity of UAVs across the mining industry has grown immensely in recent years, with GlobalData’s survey of more than 200 mine sites showing substantial penetration of drones across regions such as Australasia and Africa. Companies adopting the technology include Rio Tinto, BHP, Anglo American, South32, Ferrexpo. Exxaro Resources, Newmont, and Freeport-McMoRan, amongst others.


• This report provides how drones technology works.

• It analyzes its impact on mining industry.

• It provides specific explanations of how drones could change the way mining companies operate.

• It offers an analysis of how regulators are likely to respond to the rise of drones.

Reasons to Buy

• Build an understanding of drones technology and its applications in metals & mining industry.

• Find out how mining companies are utilizing drones to obtain notable results.

• identify drone companies, their models, and their mining client portfolio.

• Key recommendations for mining companies and drone service providers.

• It identifies key trends in this technology theme.

• The report analyses the drone value chain by use case.

• The report also offers a technology briefing, highlighting how drone technology has developed and how it works.

Companies Mentioned

Ferrexpo, Exxaro Resources, RTB Bor, Newmont Mining, BHP, South32, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Vale, Freeport-McMoRan

Table of Contents



Technology trends

Macroeconomic trends

Regulatory trends

Application of drones in the mining industry

Industry analysis

Market size and growth forecasts

Penetration of drones in mining – 2018 mine site survey

Competitive analysis


Impact of drone technology on the mining industry

Key recommendations for mining companies

Key recommendations for drone vendors

Value chain

The hardware layer is a fundamental component in the drone value chain

The software layer is getting increasingly crowded

DaaS providers are the new entrants in the industry

Companies section

Public companies

Private companies

Drone suppliers to the mining sector

Mining companies

Technology briefing

Anatomy of a drone

Key technologies within a drone


Appendix: Our “Thematic” research methodology

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