21 December 2015

Alcoa goes bush with GPS technology

Alcoa’s clearing operators at Huntly mine have taken technology into the bush, using GPS enabled tablets to improve the quality and efficiency of the forest clearing process.
Initiated by self-confessed technology geek, Cameron Richardson, Environmental Research Scientist, and Andrew Bahnsen, GIS Analyst, the technology has replaced the need to interpret paper maps. It has also improved communication and decision making.
Approximately 600 hectares of mined areas are rehabilitated every year across Alcoa’s Huntly and Willowdale mine sites, helping to restore the jarrah forest ecosystem. The company’s industry-leading rehabilitation process has been developed and continually improved over the past 35 years. It includes monitoring and supporting conservation of fauna populations.
“Our objective is to restore species richness in the native forest to our rehabilitated areas one year after rehabilitation is complete,” said Garret Dixon, President Alcoa Mining.
Alcoa’s clearing operators are already applying innovative ideas from the Huntly Technical Services team and identifying ways to further enhance the use of this technology.
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