The drone in the mining sector
Drone technology for the mining sector
The integration of photogrammetry and laser scanning for mapping in surface mining has been around for several years now. What managers are looking for are additional decision-making tools to help them increase mine site profitability and better manage operations.
The benefits of drones for mining
Low operating costs
The operating costs associated with drones are lower than the costs of traditional survey methods.
Accurate data quickly
Quickly brings accurate and complete site data in a very short period of time.
Better management and planning
Volumetric readings help in the planning of ore extraction for better management of operations and better knowledge of inventories.
Better decision making
These tools facilitate decision-making when drilling or blasting. They also allow post-action analysis.
For health and safety
Drones allow rapid hazard assessment (Health and Safety) and reduced on-site travel.
Drone applications 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 (Evaluation of extractions, volume and transport).
Drone technology associated with increasingly precise sensors brings real benefits to the mining sector (RGB photogrammetry cameras, LiDAR sensor, air sampler sensor, GNSS RTK).
Some concrete applications of the drone in the mining field
Topographic land survey by LiDAR (Digital Terrain Model DTM and Digital Surface Model DMS).
Photogrammetric topographic survey(DTM and DSM).
Volumetric survey of soil or aggregate (Volumetry).
Survey of rocky parishes.
Real-time gas analysis (AirDX-SM).
Mapping of gases on zones (Georeferencing) after blasting.
Environmental emergency services (Characterization of spills and pollution).
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Our expertise in the field
Topographic surveys of quarries and mines (Orthophotos, point cloud, land surface, topographic plan)
Topographic surveys of gravel (Highway).
Lot statements for cadastre.
Survey on Technical Landfill Sites.
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