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Your Drone Has Captured The Data, What Is Next?

Drones have gathered the data, next it is time to store and access this data quicker and easier via GIS systems such as Propeller, Strayos, Pix4d, and the list continues…


“Most mine crises are a result of operators inability to foresee the overall picture and plan accordingly”.


Geographic Information System (GIS) software is ideal for every aspect of the mining enterprise, from management professionals refining methods to increase productivity, to engineers getting the latest up-to-date information and integrating this into the mine plan. “A picture paints a thousand words”, using drone data processed via GIS systems you can stack multiple datasets enabling you to see the story of the mine come to life.


Beginning with the exploration of a potential site, and depending on whether you are using geologists, geoscientists, qualitative or quantitative methods, GIS based software delivers data relevant to your needs.


Planning the essentials; draw points, ore passes, ramps and other components can be managed successfully using GIS along with the added bonus of gauging the impact on local communities. Planners can account for mine visibility between various points on a map by calculating slope angles and direction of surfaces. Managers are able to track and guide vital equipment i.e. cranes, drills, dozers etc using GIS and advanced GPS technology. Combining Drones, GPS and GIS enables facility managers to monitor all mining assets in real time, whether this is e.g. the status and location of dump trucks with all relevant directions, velocities and load sizes.


As recent case studies have indicated, most mine crises are a result of operators inability to foresee the overall picture and plan accordingly. GIS can effectively solve this problem when coupled with powerful 3D modelling and analysis functionality. Safely siting refuge chambers and exits, greatly aiding in the evacuation of mine personnel in case of an emergency. On completion GIS can be utilized to actively monitor environmental impacts that may be caused by their activities and to conduct reclamation. Mining companies are able to analyze a whole host of soils, vegetation, surface hydrology and groundwater used for monitoring and reclamation.


In a nutshell GIS grants every phase of the mine life cycle from exploration to reclamation spacial context that can be stacked, layered and put to use to suit the ever changing needs of the mining industry. Depending on your own current operations – as they vary – understanding which combination of drone and GIS software to choose that best suits your needs can be a challenge, this is where our expert time at skymineUAV can help. We are mining, drone and data experts!


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