Drones coupled with big data and photogrammetry software provides a more cost-effective and accurate method of determining the volume of materials.
Visibility of your entire site.
Aerial surveying uses drones to capture geo-tagged imagery of your entire site. These high-resolution images are uploaded into photogrammetry software to generate a high-resolution orthomosaic map, point cloud and 3D model. This provides greater site visibility and substantially more data points than traditional ground-based GPS surveys.
Large area 3D mapping
Aerial surveying covers larger areas than a typical ground-based survey crew in the same amount of time, reducing costs almost in half. Drones also allow for the capture of high-resolution visual information, 2D and 3D models which can be annotated and shared.
Ground-based methods can put surveyors in high-risk situations, for example, next to steep slopes on active piles. Drones allow for much safer operations, where the pilot can be positioned in a safe location.
During and post-flight, data can be processed through our specialist software Smart Data to produce Ortho-mosaics, digital surface models and three-dimensional representations of mine sites, which can then be viewed and annotated, without the need for specialist software on the customer side. Engineers can use this data to measure distances (m), areas (m2), stockpile volumes (m3), create polygons, place identifying markers, identify latent machinery and add annotations using a standard browser, that can then easily be shared and commented on.