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EXPERIENCES WITH AUTONOMOUS SAMPLING OF PIT LAKES IN NORTH AMERICA USING DRONE AIRCRAFT AND DRONE BOATS
Castendyk, D., B. Hill, P. Filiatreault, B. Straight, A. Alangari, P. Cote, and W. Leishman.
11th ICARD IMWA 2018 Annual Conference, September 10-14, Pretoria, South Africa. IMWA Proceedings (Volume II):1036-1041(2018)

Autonomous drones have created opportunities for pit lake monitoring. This paper reviews two water sampling programs conducted on pit lakes in North America since 2017 using unmanned aircrafts and boats. One study connected an off-the-shelf unmanned aerial vehicle to a commercial sample bottle and collected samples as deep as 80 m from seven pit lakes. Another used a custom-built drone boat to measure physiochemical profiles and take samples from the Berkeley Pit. http://imwa.info/docs/imwa_2018/IMWA2018_Castendyk_1036.pdf



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