Enhance stockpile measurements and pit modeling procedures using a safer, faster, and more accurate data collection alternative than conventional surveying methods.

The mining industry has witnessed a surge in drone adoption, with numerous sites integrating drone technology into their operations. These unmanned aerial vehicles offer substantial benefits to mining professionals.

Drones play a crucial role in providing rapid and precise data on quarry and mine conditions, bolstering the efficiency of large-scale mining operations. They foster improved coordination among onsite teams and international stakeholders while offering a dynamic overview of all mining activities.

Advantages of using UAVs for Mining

Swiftly Cover Vast and Hazardous Areas

Swiftly cover vast and hazardous areas, significantly streamlining data collection process and enhancing personnel safety.

Reduce Cost and

Improve Efficiency

Reduce cost and improve efficiency with easy-to-deploy aerial data collection solutions.

Easily Repeat Data Collection Missions

Repeat data collection missions ensuring the data quality and accuracy.

Survey and Mapping

Geospatial data forms the foundation of mining operations, offering vital information to various disciplines within the industry. Surveying and mapping represent significant ongoing expenses for mining firms. While historically rooted in ancient practices, modern mining still relies heavily on traditional, labor-intensive survey methods. Today, companies are adopting more cost-effective and efficient approaches, including terrestrial and aerial scanning techniques such as laser scanning, photogrammetry, and the utilization of drones.

Monitoring and Inspection

Monitoring and inspecting operations, particularly concerning tailing dams crucial for storing mining waste, are essential for environmental safety and community well-being. Drones offer a cost-effective and low-risk solution for these tasks, allowing for quick detection of changes and immediate action when issues arise. Beyond tailing dams, drones are also valuable for inspecting underground mines, assessing stability, backfill needs, and support requirements in areas like stopes. Recent advancements, such as the M350 RTK by DJI, equipped with LiDAR, 4k camera, and thermal sensors, signify a rapid evolution in drone technology for mining applications, offering real-time data in confined spaces and beyond visual line-of-sight operations.


Drones play a crucial role in enhancing safety across mining operations, beyond just search and rescue scenarios. By providing aerial perspectives, drones facilitate inspections of difficult-to-access areas within mines and quarries, eliminating hazards associated with traditional survey methods. Employees no longer need to navigate dangerous zones or climb stockpiles, reducing risks while maintaining operational continuity.

Stockpile Management

Stockpile management is critical for estimating aggregate volume in mining operations, traditionally measured using GNSS surveying or manned aircraft. However, drones equipped with specialized software now offer a more cost-effective and efficient solution. By generating aerial terrain models and conducting measurements, drones streamline stockpile analysis, allowing for more frequent assessments compared to semi-annual audits.

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Industry leaders across various sectors are harnessing the power of drones to revolutionize their operations. Here’s a glimpse into how drones are being put to work in different industries.

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