The drone in the mining field

Drone technology for the mining sector

The integration of photogrammetry and laser scanning for mapping in open pit mines has been around for several years now. What managers are looking for are additional decision-making tools to help them increase the profitability of mine sites and better manage operations.

The potential use of the drone for the industry

Low operating costs

The operating costs associated with drones are lower than the costs of traditional survey methods.

Accurate data quickly

Provides fast, accurate and complete site data in a very short period of time.

Better management and planning

Volumetric surveys help in the planning of ore extraction for a better management of exploitation and a better knowledge of inventories.

Better decision making

These tools facilitate decision-making during drilling or blasting. They also allow for post-action analysis.

For health and safety

Drones allow a quick assessment of hazards (Health and Safety) and a reduction of travel on site.

The applications of the drone are unlimited, the potential of this technology is applicable throughout the process, from health and safety (Surveillance, rescue), exploration and development (Geotechnical data capture, photography, 3D modeling and remote sensing) and operations (Extraction assessment, volumetry and transportation).
UAV technology associated with increasingly precise sensors brings real benefits to the mining field (RGB photogrammetry cameras, LiDAR sensor, air sampling sensor, GNSS RTK).

Topographic survey of the terrain by LiDAR (Digital Terrain Model DTM and Digital Surface Model DSM).

Photogrammetric topographic survey (DTM and DSM).

Volumetric survey of soil or aggregate (Volumetry).

Survey of the rock walls.

Real time gas analysis (DroneXpAIR).

Air sampling (Sampling).

Mapping of gases on areas (Georeferencing) after blasting.

Environmental emergency services (Spill characterization and pollution).

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