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Fulfil mining operations coupled with 99% accurate measurements and 30x more accelerated data acquisition through Drone Powered Surveys

Drones in Mining - Transforming the Mining Sector in India

Equinox’s Drones presents Aerial Mapping / Surveying for Mining sites employing fashionable drone technology. We have achieved remarkable success in enhancing the efficiency and productivity of large mine sites, catering to both government and private enterprises. We also offer project managers the advantage of efficient, precise, and real-time monitoring for stockpile management. Our GIS maps, boasting centimeter-level accuracy, empower operations managers in making informed decisions, ultimately leading to increased productivity and smarter mining operations. Along with 30x faster data collection and 100% safety Drone Powered Surveys, smart management allows companies to keep track of stockpile management, Mining operations, Haul road optimization, water and sediment flow, mining exploration, mine blast assessment, etc.

We utilize exclusively high-quality drones equipped with RGB sensors to capture aerial data from mining sites. Our GIS experts intensify the data accumulated and portray them as Geotagged 3D maps, Contour lines, 3D Point cloud, Digital Elevation Models (DEM), Digital Terrain Models (DTM), or Digital Surface Models (DSM). These models replicate crucial features including safety berm heights, crests, toes, road boundaries, slope length, elevation changes, etc., which promote the improvement of worker and site-safety management.

By collecting over 1000 data points, and up to 350 times more data points for a single stockpile compared to traditional GNSS surveys, our drones provide exceptionally precise measurements. Paired with machine learning and geotagging of stockpiles, we provide volumetric calculations remitting a 99% accuracy guarantee.

We can help with

Stockpile management

Regardless of whether you operate in construction, mining, or the aggregate sector, effective stockpile management is essential. Allocating your workforce for stockpile measurement can pose risks, consume valuable time, and incur significant expenses. Estimating the volumes of all stockpiles can be a challenging task due to their diverse shapes and sizes when using traditional methods.. Instead, the most optimal resolution would be to use high-quality drones to accumulate survey data. We advance stockpile volume estimation with 99% accuracy and further defeat issues concerning mine operations and personnel safety.

Better inventory tracking and financial reporting

Leveraging the expertise and skills of our GIS professionals, we convert comprehensive drone survey data into 3D models and 3D point cloud maps of stockpiles. These comprise numerous thousand data points that result in highly detailed Stockpile Volume calculations. The data is essential for mining companies for monthly tracking or year-end audits. We have supported numerous mining companies across India by conducting systematic data collection through drone inspections. This has led to improved inventory efficiency and enabled comprehensive management of mining operations.

Mine Monitoring and Operation planning

We encourage mining site managers to outline and maintain site operations efficiently. Our incredibly precise drone data and GIS maps play a crucial role in the accurate design of haul roads, the optimization of traffic flow, and the facilitation of team collaboration. This, in turn, ensures rapid decision-making to enhance safety and maintain it effectively.

Haul Road Optimisation

Regular and routine examinations and evaluations of haul roads play a pivotal role in guaranteeing the efficient functioning of mining operations while significantly reducing the potential for catastrophic incidents. As opposed to traditional methods, Drone Surveying preserves time, money, and acquires data that could never be obtained by human surveyors. Our expert GIS team generates a diverse array of GIS maps, encompassing Digital Terrain Models (DTM), 3D models, 3D Point Clouds, color Slope Maps, and more. These maps serve as a valuable resource, delivering essential information to mine managers, including details on length, slope, and turning angles. With this information, our clients can optimize the roads and significantly diminish fuel costs for moving materials out of mining sites.

Water and sediment flow

The importance of monitoring water and sediment flow cannot be overstated, as they have the potential to trigger operational disruptions and obstruct or entirely halt mining operations. Our well-established Drone Mining Surveys have proven instrumental in assisting numerous mining companies in avoiding these costly setbacks. Our GIS team transforms data into Digital Elevation Maps (DEM), detailed Drone Imagery and machine learning to trace water flow and tailing pond. These visual representations serve as valuable tools for managers, aiding them in ensuring both safety and the optimal flow of water.

Tailings Dams Monitoring

Working with mining company planners, we promptly collect and present drone data to systematically monitor essential mine features such as slopes on Tailings Dams. Tailings are said to be highly toxic and probably radioactive as well; thus, mine managers and planners need to guarantee consistent maintenance of dams for utmost safety through UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Inspections. Our drones can accumulate imagery of the dam to generate 3D Digital Elevation Models (DEM) of the dam for in-depth analysis. Timely monitoring of Tailings Dams conducted through aerial photography can go far to prevent tragedies like the Brumadinho site in Brazil. Timely regular monitoring of Tailings Dams by drone can go far to prevent disaster like Brumadinho site in Brazil

Mining exploration

UAVs (Unmanned aerial systems) are continually growing as a less invasive approach for procuring authentic images for mineral exploration due to its safe, efficient, and sustainable nature. Our drones are outfitted with state-of-the-art RGB sensors that capture top-tier data. This data serves as a catalyst for our team to create high-resolution orthophotos and DSM maps, further enhancing our capabilities. The gathered data is transformed into a 3D model, enabling us to study and assess the structural aspects of mines. Utilizing drones for mining exploration surveys demonstrates remarkable cost-effectiveness by significantly diminishing the requirement for extensive on-site exploration efforts. Moreover, drones contribute to bolstering personnel safety and enhancing site security.

Periodic inspection and assessment of haul roads are vital to ensure the smooth running of mining operations and diminishing possibilities of a catastrophic event. As opposed to traditional methods, Drone Surveying preserves time, money, and acquires data that could never be obtained by human surveyors. Our skilled GIS crew produces various GIS maps like DTM, 3D Models, 3D Point Clouds, colour Slope Maps, etc. to provide excellent and valuable knowledge such as length, slope, and turning angles to mine managers. With this information, our clients can optimize the roads and significantly diminish fuel costs for moving materials out of mining sites.

Blast Planning & Assessment

One of the principal applications of drone technology can be seen in topography and mining operations, especially in planning, charging, and requiring blasting operations. The combination of unmanned vehicles and 3D photogrammetry enables the achievement of high-precision inspections in the blasting area, facilitating critical safety evaluations. Our experts can replicate data such as GIS Maps, 3D models, and Photogrammetry to encourage clients to carefully examine the site to be drilled, extracted and guarantee sufficient resources. The comprehensive data acquired assists mine planners and project managers in conducting meticulous planning for upcoming blasting operations, resulting in cost and time savings as well as reduced on-site drilling requirements.

Deliverables We Provide

3D point cloud

Through drone data, we can mirror this information as a densified point cloud. In a 3D Point Cloud, each point comprises Geospatial (X, Y, Z) and several color information. 3D point clouds are renowned for their ability to generate accurate data, free from distortions commonly found in 3D mesh models. The industry-standard software known as a 3D point cloud provides highly detailed models that are invaluable for precise distance (both slant and horizontal), area, and volume measurements.

Orthomosaic maps

An Orthomosaic is an extensive map-like image acquired from geometrically correcting an aerial photograph. These revisions include lens distortion, camera tilt, perspective, and topographic relief. Every pixel within the image contains 2D and 3D geographical data (X, Y) and has the capability to promptly acquire precise measurements. Orthomosaic maps empower us to accurately determine the area, volume, and distance of projects.

3D textured mesh

Using the Point Cloud, we can produce the 3D Textured Mesh, a surface composed of triangles. It faithfully represents the boundaries, surfaces, corners, and textures of the area captured by the drone, reducing the disparity between the points in the point cloud and the actual surface. This model is fit for projects that require visual inspections or public involvement.

Digital terrain model (DTM)

Drone images are frequently employed for creating Digital Terrain Models (DTMs), where every pixel contains 2.5D data, encompassing the X, Y, and Z values representing the highest elevation. To attain a precise DTM, it is essential to have substantial overlap between each captured image. The resulting Digital Terrain Model offers both high-speed processing and efficiency.

Our Features

30x Faster Data Acquisition

Our experienced pilots with high-end drones equipped with advanced sensors collect drone data 30x faster

99% Accurate Volume Estimate

We leverage machine learning and state-of-the-art drone technology to measure stockpile volumes with an accuracy rate of 99%

5x Faster Data Delivery

Our team of GIS experts is tirelessly working around the clock to process and analyze the drone survey data, ensuring timely delivery.

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Benefits of Mining Drones With Equinox's

An Orthomosaic is an extensive map-like image acquired from geometrically correcting an aerial photograph. These revisions include lens distortion, camera tilt, perspective, and topographic relief. Every pixel within the image contains 2D and 3D geographical data (X, Y) and has the capability to promptly acquire precise measurements. Orthomosaic maps empower us to accurately determine the area, volume, and distance of projects.

Drone images are often utilized to generate Digital Terrain Models (DTMs), wherein each pixel comprises 2.5D data (X, Y, and Z value of the highest elevation). For an accurate DTM, there must be sufficient overlapping linking each collected image. The Digital Terrain model yields high-speed and efficient calculations.