MINING APPLICATIONS

DRONES FOR MINING

SAVE TIME

Large mining sites become smaller when you can cover large acreage in a single flight. Rather than maneuver sophisticated ground-based sensors through tight areas, make one flight overhead to gather detailed point clouds.

INCREASE PROFIT

A one-time investment in a drone platform or fleet solution saves time and money in data collection and processing. Rather than rent services or systems for gathering data on-site, build an operations team that will work into the future.

SAFETY

Drones make mines safer. Flying remotely protects personnel and equipment alike. Less ground traffic is less chance of an accident occurring. A fully-trained drone operations team can fly safely, remotely, and collect data without endangering lives.

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ACCURATE VOLUMETRICS

Drones are an alternative solution for volumetrics aside from ground-based LiDAR sensors. Using point clouds, drone data provides comparable accuracy to LiDAR. The difference is that a trained operations team can redeploy at little cost and in a fraction of the time. No time is lost waiting for equipment, logistics, and the processing of LiDAR systems.

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One-Time Investment

Renting equipment, drone systems or LiDAR equipment, is a time and money sink. Owning an unmanned system and supporting a drone operations team is a one-time investment enabling data collection on a daily basis. Logistics, equipment management, and repeating costs are eliminated with an operations team that can update your inventory and maps daily.

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TRADITIONAL METHOD

A ground-based survey team meticulously collects consistent and accurate data points at set intervals. For example, one point per square meter with a high model accuracy. While time consuming, this approach produces surveys with a high confidence level.

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DRONE POINTCLOUD

In a single flight, a drone collects far more data points than a ground-based team. Rather than collecting individual points, a drone will collect millions of data points. The aggregate of a multitude of data points generate a higher model accuracy than ground-based surveys.

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

Dynamic inventory management means being able to quickly update your inventory as material quantities change. Flying multiple missions per day, and multiple days per week, provides an accurate inventory account for all your stockpiles.

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MINE PLANNING

Point clouds and 3D modeling are not only a strong visual aid for mine planning, but they also are accurate representations of the area. As planning develops, create digital 3D models or generate 2D orthographic maps for print.

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KEEP YOUR EXISTING WORKFLOW

Altavian systems integrate seamlessly with multiple data processors. By integrating with multiple data processing software platforms, data product flexibility is maintained, and disruptions to workflows are kept at a minimum.

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COVER MORE GROUND

Trying to pick between a multirotor and a fixed-wing platform? While multirotors have the flexibility to fly in tight spaces and hover in place, there’s no comparison to the efficiency of a fixed-wing platform. Multirotors typically have a flight-time of 20 minutes. With a high-aspect-ratio wing and traditional control surfaces, the Nova can fly for 90 minutes, allowing you to cover more ground in a single battery.

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USE THE SAME PAYLOAD FOR HARD TO MANEUVER SPOTS

Purchasing a packaged-pair of the Nova and Galaxy means that you only need one sensor for both systems. Need to fly in a tight site with no space for landing? Use the Galaxy. Have a lot of acreage you need covered quickly? Use the Nova. Keep costs down by purchasing only one sensor payload, and matching the area of interest to the system best suited to fly it.

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Pit Mapping With PPK GPS

Want to see a price-comparison between traditional ground-based sensors and drones at a real mining site? Read this case study penned by the Nobles Consulting Group based on their experiences flying with Altavian systems in the mining industry.