Drones for Mining Industry?
Mining processes is highly labor-intensive and require enormous investments to guarantee the security of laborers and keep pilferage from stores.
Mining organizations are constantly investigating new advancements to decrease costs and improve profitability, margins with worker's safety.
This can be accomplished if mining tasks are planned thoroughly, the assets are reviewed routinely and the mining site is kept under observation.
However, traditional techniques are not effective enough to keep up increasingly stringent environmental and labor regulations.
Why Smart Drones for Mining industry?
Mine surveying provides point by point data about the sites before starting with mining project and records their progress to visualize changes in site overtime.
Drones output can be used in area monitoring, inventory management, Orthomosaic, Volumetric Stockpile estimation and Hotspot recognition.
Drones can also be further used for promotional photography, inspection and maintenance, site logistics, etc.
Drones can access to highly toxic, hard-to-reach areas and provide better insight into mine planning.
Data Process Workflow
Orthomosaic is a map created by drone image processing to obtain high-resolution images of the Earth's surface.
Each picture is ortho-rectified to create a consistent size.
Orthomosaic map is an exact reference of ground surface that can be used to determine accurate distances.
Point clouds are databases that represent objects or areas.
These points represent the geometric coordinates of X, Y, and Z with respect to the surface.
Point clouds are a way of relating a vast number of single spatial measurements of the database that can then represent a whole.
Digital Elevation Model(DEM)
The Digital Elevation Model (DEM) is the software depiction of the surface elevation taking into account ground reference detail
DEM is also used as a reference to any digital representation of a topographical surface.
DEMs are used to calculate elevation at any point, slope, and aspect.