Calling all speakers: The International Drone Conference & Exposition is looking for speakers
BZ Media LLC announced today an open call for speakers for InterDrone™ The International Drone Conference & Exposition being held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas Sept 6-8. Last year’s program had over 180 top speakers in the commercial drone market, including FAA Administrator Michael Huerta presenting the Grand Opening Keynote.
The 2017 edition of InterDrone will highlight 5 new Enterprise Tracks:
Precision Agriculture – sessions will emphasize the use of drones, techniques and technologies for detailed farming management, including data collection and analysis, remote sensing and multispectral imagery.
Drones in Construction – session content will show how UAVs can streamline the construction industry through data collection, images, BIM, and efficient resource management, saving time and money.
Mining and Aggregates – content will focus on UAV worksite management tools and technologies and how to analyze stockpiles quickly and efficiently while creating maps and models for planning, reporting and auditing needs.
Energy, Infrastructure & Utility Inspection – session content will cover use cases and real-world implementations for using drones in inspecting oil & gas, telecom, process industry, and utility infrastructure. Tools, tips and techniques for faster and safer problem resolution as well as how UAVs can affect a company’s bottom line will also be discussed.
Police, Fire, Emergency Response, Search & Rescue – content will focus on real-world applications of using drones in dire situations as well as law enforcement, including surveillance and security. The UAV solutions implemented in these circumstances will also be covered
The program will also feature three technical Conferences, which define the commercial UAV space:
Drone TechCon: For drone builders, engineers, OEMs and developers. The content will focus on advanced flying dynamics, chips and boards, airframe and payload considerations, hardware/software integration, sensors, power and software development.
Drone Enterprise: For Enterprise UAV flyers, buyers and Drone Service Businesses. Classes focus on enterprise applications such as precision agriculture, surveying, mapping, infrastructure inspection, law enforcement, package delivery and search and rescue.
Drone Cinema: For flyers engaged in aerial photography and videography. Class content includes drone use for real estate and resort marketing, action sports and movie filming, newsgathering – and any professional activity where the quality of the image is paramount.
More than 4,000 attendees are expected to attend InterDrone 2017. InterDrone 2016 drew 3,518 attendees from 54 different countries on 6 continents and the event featured 155 exhibitors and sponsors in 222 booths. It was also recently named to the Trade Show Executive magazine list of fastest growing shows in 2016. InterDrone was one of only 14 shows in the country that was named in each of the three categories; fastest growth in exhibit space, growth in number of exhibitors and in attendance.
Further information can be found at www.InterDrone.com.
Look out for our interview with Interdrone in an upcoming issue of Mining Global Magazine!
The January 2017 issue of Mining Global is live!
Get in touch with our editor Dale Benton at [email protected]
Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations
Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.
Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel
The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.
“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.
“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”
Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba
Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.
“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.
“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”
The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history. Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.
“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.