One of the largest landslides in mining history quickly became a showcase for autonomous mining technology. Shortly after the April 10th slide
, administrators of the Bingham Canyon Mine
(Kennecott/Rio Tinto) near Salt Lake City, Utah, began looking for innovative ways to clean up the debris, much of which is steep and unstable. With more than ten years of experience automating mining equipment, Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI)
provided the technology for six remote control excavators to assist cleanup efforts.
The application of ASI's vehicle robotics caught the attention of media outlets, including the Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet
, which highlights interesting technology applications around the world in short documentaries. The Daily Planet joined ASI reps at the Bingham Canyon Mine to see the effects of the slide and robotic mining equipment in action.