Maptek Managing Director Peter Johnson will chair an Innovations and Opportunities session on Day One of the third international Future Mining Conference in Sydney this week.

Johnson says the conference will provide a great platform to discuss ways the industry can innovate to overcome challenges and develop in line with industry needs. “The mining industry is at the vanguard of technology in so many areas, and it is crucial to look outside our own backyard to consider how we can improve,” he says. “We encourage innovation at Maptek. Innovation is the key to unlocking competitive advantage.”

The Innovations and Opportunities session is set to include discussion around the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in mining. “Our airborne mapping software processes photogrammetric data, producing accurate results for mapping stockpiles, highwalls, pit surfaces and topography,” Johnson says. Combining aerial mapping with 3D laser scanning is expected to help further the company’s ultimate goal of enabling a continuous mine model.

Maptek will be exhibiting at booth 9 of Future Mining, which runs Nov. 4-6 at Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

About Maptek

Founded more than 30 years ago, Maptek is a provider of innovative software, hardware and services for global mining. Maptek solutions are used at more than 1,700 sites in 75 countries, with applications across the mining cycle. Maptek develops industry-leading software including Vulcan, Eureka, Evolution and BlastLogic for mine evaluation, planning, design, scheduling, operation and rehabilitation.