Aerial Survey Drones provide mines with the tools they need to quickly and easily map their entire mine. Mines around the world get the maximum ROI by using Aerial Survey Drones or AUVs. Drones dramatically reduce costs and streamline workflows with their accurate progress tracking tools, reliable data processing, and their ability to access dangerous, hazardous and or remote mine areas.

One of the first mines to use Aerial Drone Surveys was BHP Billiton, a world leader in the production of iron ore, metallurgical coal and copper. Many international mines like Hexagon Mining in the U.S. and local Sudbury Mines like Glencore, Vale, and Goldcorp use Aerial Drone technology to make faster more informed decisions for short-term and long-term planning.

Real time Aerial Drone inspection allows mines the ability to quickly survey mine sites or catch mistakes. Drones help mines improve road safety on sites, by monitoring traffic, road conditions and hazards. According to PwC, threatening accidents on construction sites that were surveyed by drones decreased by up to 91 percent.

Because Drones can make daily non-intrusive site inspections or surveys, drones can analyse everything from earthworks and stockpile volumes to surface cracks and equipment issues. All while providing a highly detailed and accurately colored-3D model capable of exporting all industry standard outputs.

Aerial Drones are providing pictures and data that have never before been integrated into the day-to-day operations of a mine. They reliably provide accurate and detailed visuals while reducing the risk of accident and injury to people, as well as dramatically reducing the direct and indirect time required to complete the task.

Measuring stockpile volumes is the number-one drone use case on any worksite. This is true for good reason. Aerial Drones have completely revamped this common workflow. All industries including mines, quarries, and construction sites need to assess their stockpile volumes. Even in good cases, stockpiles are an irregular shape. What makes Aerial Drone mapping different is that it can capture all those irregularities and consistently render them in the survey, thereby allowing the computer to calculate the volume of the true shape, not a rough approximation.

Aerial Drones look set to play an increasingly important role in mining operations around the world, increasing safety and productivity. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to the roles Drones will assume in the years to come.

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