Drones in Metals and Mining – Thematic Research

Drone technology has demonstrated a varied range of mining applications from exploration, surveying and mapping to maintaining safety and enhancing security. These UAVs are equipped with different sensors and cameras based on their type. The popularity of drones across the mining industry has grown immensely in recent years, with GlobalData’s 2019 survey of 179 mine sites showing 26% of mines with considerable investments in drone technology, versus just under 20% in 2018. Low to moderate investments were observed at 27% of the mines, while only 10% had trialed drones. The survey also revealed that only 32% had yet to invest at all, compared with 43% in 2018.


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

Barrick Gold; Anglo American; Rio Tinto; Ferrexpo; Exxaro Resources; RTB Bor and Newmont Mining

Table of Contents


Technology briefing

Anatomy of a drone

Key technologies


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 – 2019 mine site survey

Competitive analysis

Mergers and acquisitions


Impact of drone technology on the mining industry

Key recommendations for mining companies

Key recommendations for drone vendors

Value chain

Hardware layer

Software layer

Service layer

Companies 39

Public companies

Private companies

Drone suppliers to the mining sector

Mining companies


Appendix: Our thematic research methodology


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