UAV Mining Surveys

uav mining applicationsATEC-3D is ideally placed to conduct your UAV mining surveys, having a team with years of experience in different aspects of the mining sector, including vast experience of open cast mining.

Traditionally creating Digital Terrain Models and Base Maps has been expensive and time consuming but with our UAV mining surveys technology, we can provide extremely fast, accurate and cost effective mapping results. Our UAV mining surveys can also be used to reduce the time spent calculating areas of stock pile, bench, pit, spoil, and various other metrics.

By creating a high quality Digital Terrain Models (DTM’s) with integrated high resolution images it gives the end user a substantial data set for calculations and obtaining accurate positions of equipment on an hourly, daily, or monthly basis.

This cost effective process can increase control and give up to date production estimates at a moment’s notice.

As part of our UAV mining surveys, ATEC-3D can produce Digital Surface Models (DSM’s) which are digital representations of ground surfaces and objects. Modern techniques used in processing DSM’s in geo-reference formats (GeoTIFF, XYZ or TIN model) can be imported into any GIS or CAD package. Photo mosaics are created by projecting the texture of raw images onto the DSM.

ATEC-3D can provide intelligent colour balancing and standard outputs of optimised data with compatibility for most photo software packages.

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The ATEC-3D UAV mining surveys system is aimed at mining companies’ that need accurate and fast results. The accuracy is comparable to LiDAR. Advanced software supports the import of Ground Control Points (GCPs) in specific coordinate systems, which results in higher accuracy. Using an optimising hardware setup, it takes a couple of hours to a day depending on the requested density and size of the grid to process.

Example Surface Data Visualisations

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UAV Mining Surveys – Applications

  • Geological reconnaissance
  • Exploration
  • lteration mapping and target generation
  • Mine planning
  • Mine measurement / survey / dispute resolution
  • Mine development reports
  • Structural and terrain analysis
  • Hyper spectral analysis
  • Mine dump and tailings analysis

Mine Exploration

ATEC-3D can provide detailed and up to date aerial photographs & Digital Terrain Models of remote sites. This will allow features to be seen that are otherwise not easily visible from the ground, such as outcrops and alteration zones. Enabling accurate exploration planning that saves time and reduces cost.

Alternative camera equipment can provide different spectral data gathering so that false colour and non-visible spectrum imagery can be gathered to help interpretation of the geology and mineralisation.

Airborne data can be gathered and accessed almost instantly and repeatedly once all necessary permits are in place.

Specific areas can be flown as necessary; there is no need for large airborne surveys.

Mine Planning and Operations

ATEC-3D’s system will give the operators an up to date awareness of precisely what is happening in all sizes of open pits including:

  • Stripping and re-vegetation
  • Excavated areas and volumes
  • Face positions
  • Equipment positions (items such as shovels, excavators, drills, pumps, pipelines, roads, etc.)

These can all be identified and plotted as part of the data package

Drains, drainage systems, stockpiles, dumps, dams and tailings management facilities can be measured and monitored.

Knowing this information will allow the efficient planning of day to day and long term operations, and more effective monitoring of contractors.