Mine Planning With Drone Footage

Posted May 11, 2016 by nomthi

Drone efficiency, still key for Mining

Pressed for profits and low prices, mining companies are turning to technology to revamp their operations and rethink their cost structures. RPAS or UAV’s are now becoming the ‘go to’ method for mine site mapping. In Western Australian mines use the various deliverables provided by RPA’s on a monthly basis. This data simply was not feasible with manned aircraft due to cost.

RPAS can deliver Aerial mapping photogrammetry data in hours (but usually a couple of days) whereas manned flights took weeks of scheduling and often longer to get the information back. The result being a lack of timely data for decision making.

Aerial mapping with drones has changed all that due to the significantly lower cost, easy of deployment and speed of data turn-around. Now mine managers, quarry planners, surveyors, environmental consultants and supply chain managers can make decisions based on virtually real time data. The deliverables include:

  • Orthographic imagery at resolutions averaging 5cm per pixel!
  • Contour lines, gradients, areas calculations
  • Volumetric calculations of stockpiles, cut and fill requirements
  • Site lines & radio transmission.
  • Vegetation rehabilitation assessment and auditing (using Near Infrared NIR, NDVI)
  • 3D models and fly-through animations
  • Plant inventory
  • Mass determination
  • Geological deposit models

RocketMine’s mining operations have expanded beyond South African borders and with the largest fleet in Africa, RocketMine is prepared to take on any new project and show your how to cut costs.

To contact RocketMine, simply drop us an email on hello@rocketmine.com or call 0861 123 738.

With thanks to RPAS Australia

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