UAV Mining Surveys

ATEC-3D are ideally placed to conduct UAV mining surveys. Having a team with years of experience in different aspects of the mining sector, including vast experience of open cast mining means that they can offer an accurate representation of data that you require for mining projects to commence.

What formats can we deliver?

ATEC-3D can output multiple files such as Digital Terrain Models and Digital Surface Models. Below is a short description of what each can offer:

  • DTM = (earth) surface models without any objects.

  • DSM = (earth) surface models including the objects on it.

Traditionally creating Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) and base maps has been expensive and time consuming but with our UAV systems, 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 DTM with integrated high resolution images, the client is able to access a substantial amount of data for calculations and obtaining accurate positions of equipment on an hourly, daily, or monthly basis.

This cost effective process can increase project 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 it’s objects. DSM 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 also provide intelligent colour balancing and standard outputs of optimised data with compatibility for most photo software packages.

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 and supports the import of Ground Control Points (GCPs) in specific coordinate systems. This results in higher accuracy. Using an optimised hardware setup, it takes anything from 2 hours to multiple days depending on the requested density and size of the grid.

UAV mining survey applications

Geological reconnaissance


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. This enables accurate exploration planning that saves time and reduces cost.

Alternative camera equipment can provide different spectral data to allow  non-visible spectrum imagery to be gathered to help the interpretation of 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 systems 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.

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Folkestone, Kent

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