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Automated technology has the ability to significantly diminish the cost associated with mining operations and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is a key aspect of such automation. Moreover, automated technology such as UAVs play a large role in data collection in the digital transformation of the mining industry focusing on:




Environmental impact


Process improvement


Remote operations


Exploration and production techniques


Asset management





Current mining UAV solutions and their data focus on surface applications and provide significant benefits to the mining lifecycle including exploration, planning, permitting, operations, and reclamation.


land usage reporting

Land usage reporting

Haul route surface optimizations

Haul route surface optimizations

Equipment inspection

Pit and dump management

Benefits of UAV data

  • Construction feasibility studies
  • Leach pad, dam wall, and platform construction quality control
  • Construction progress monitoring & reporting
  • Geophysical & watershed/catchment area modelling
  • Land usage reporting
  • Heritage and environmental management
  • Erosion detection
  • Vegetation change tracking
  • Cadaster surveys
  • Property rights definition
  • Security, corridor, and boundary surveillance
  • Pit and dump management
  • Communication of daily/weekly plans
  • Haul route surface optimizations
  • Haul road, dump and pit design
  • Up-to-date surfaces for optimized blast designs
  • Pre- and post-blast data
  • Stockpile management
  • Grade control & exploration planning
  • Drainage and water management
  • Watershed, drainage basin, and water flow mapping
  • Thermal detection of ground water inflows
  • Tailing dams management, etc.

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Underground UAV applications are turning the mining sector into an emerging frontier for new technology dealing with GPS-denied automated flight in dark, dusty, enclosed, and unforgiving environments. By utilizing cutting edge advancements in Lidar based technologies and SLAM [simultaneous localization and mapping] algorithms, edge analytics, and sensory technology, Robotics Centre leads the new frontier in underground 3D mapping/imaging of drifts, ore passes, stopes, collapsed/inaccessible areas.


Pointcloud mining shaft

3D shaft 2

3D mine shaft visualization