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MRIWA needs your help! Input into the use of UAV and Drones within the minerals sector

Expressions of Interest are invited: Seeking input into the use of UAV and Drones within the minerals sector

The Minerals Research Institute Western Australia (MRIWA) has partnered with the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) in the QA4UAV project to develop an assisted ‘best practice’ process for the capture and automated quality assurance of imagery and photogrammetry data acquired from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or Drones) and other airborne platforms.

The UAV sector has expanded rapidly in recent years, the QA4UAV project is a response to the high level of wasted expenditure and poor captures that have resulted from organisations not specifying enough detail within their capture requests.

Very simple specifications such the generation of orthorectified imagery (images placed in its real space on earth) are not specified, let alone adjusting for height, density (in point clouds for detailed automated assessments), image overlap, designation of sensor type (to determine mineral/vegetation characteristics) are not specified resulting in wasted investment in the capture process.

The QA4UAV study aims to improve this knowledge-gap and generate an assisted workflow to generate capture specifications, assist METS UAV suppliers to respond and apply sound quality assurance processes to the resulting captures, ensuring compliance to the specifications.

The outputs of the QA4UAV study will deliver an online process that can be used to assist any organisation manage and control the capture of imagery data, ensuring it meets their desired activities.

To participate in this study, we request that the following online survey be completed by the 15th of September 2017:

The aims of this analysis of users’ needs are to:

  • Identify the strategies used to acquire or procure aerial photogrammetric (UAV)
  • Identify the range of applications in which aerial photogrammetric (UAV) data is
  • Understand the specific acquisition and data requirements of these
  • Understand the expectations users have for a quality assurance
  • Produce a report documenting the findings of the
  • Use the results to inform the development of the quality assurance workflow and

Further information on this project can be found at: Contact for enquiries:

Jessica Keysers

CRCSI Research and Project Manager email: phone: 03 8344 9200

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MRIWA’s new Project Manager

MRIWA would like to welcome Dr Charmaine de Witt as its new Project Manager. Charmaine joins the team as Dr Penny Atkins will be retiring in September.

Charmaine holds a PhD in bioinorganic chemistry, and has spent the major part of her career as a research scientist in impurities removal in the Alumina industry, where she developed an acknowledged expertise in the chemistry of lime in the Bayer process that produces Alumina.  She holds three patents and is the inventor of High Efficiency Causticisation (HEC), a ground-breaking process for removing sodium carbonate from Bayer Liquor that has resulted in multimillion dollar production increases.  She is also the inventor of the Apatite Process for reducing calcia concentrations in supersaturated  Bayer process liquors.

Charmaine is in the office 3 days a week and can be contacted at or on 6180 4342.

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Proposed Kalgoorlie-Boulder Innovation Hub

MRIWA is pleased to see the concept of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Innovation Hub taking on significant momentum and approaching reality in a partnership between CRC ORE and its industry and research members including MRIWA and Curtin University – an exciting development for the WA mining community!

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