The use of drones in the mining industry is primarily centered on safeguarding safety in risky and hazardous operations. However, drone use cases have significantly expanded in recent years. Drones provide for real time information, site inspections, risk mitigation, exploration, and security. Drones help mine operators collect data that previously would have taken weeks to collect, collate and deliver and provide new information from inaccessible areas that was not feasible before.
Some of the areas Icaros has experience with in the mining industry include:
- Monitoring and inspection
- Mitigating risk from illegal mining
- Automatic surveying and mapping
- Surveillance & Maintenance
- Stockpile management
- Haulage road optimization & safety
- Tailings dam management
- Compliancy audits
MONITORING AND INSPECTION
Mining is among the most unsafe industries for workers, especially those performing deep underground activities. Workers can be subjected to hazards such as rock falls, extremely humid conditions, gas leaks, dust explosions and floods. Therefore, mining companies have used drones in underground mines to monitor and inspect deep shafts.
In addition, drones are also being employed to inspect mining equipment, which is an expensive and time-consuming process, requiring a highly skilled workforce. Moreover, the quality of data collected manually may be affected by the very short time allotted to inspection.
Video, imagery, Digital Terrain Models (DTMs), and 3D modeling give Icaros’ customers a unique and complete picture of their mines for continuous monitoring. Drones can obtain real time 3-D mapping and information with respect to equipment, along with surveillance data on iv slopes, walls, or crests. Photogrammetric aerial mapping solutions enable our customers to gather information in areas with limited access or in hazardous locations.
For planning and design, these solutions provide customers with extremely precise imagery (up to 3 centimeters GSD), helping to simplify projects and streamline processes for the most effective results.
Our multi-spectral bands and combination technology can provide land-surveyors with maps containing valuable information about hot spots where ores and minerals are likely to be found and for identifying potential and existing hazards and risks.
AUTOMATIC SURVEYING AND MAPPING
Surveying and mapping of mines is a time-consuming process. Surveying using a drone can save around 90% of the cost per hour over ground-based surveying and collect unlimited high-resolution images that can be used to produce highly accurate orthomosaic maps. This aerial data allows for fine measurements.
Icaros is dedicated to providing our customers with a complete turnkey solution, with products and expertise that are cost-effective, simple to use and fast.
One of the greatest challenges any mining company faces while managing stockpiles is their extreme height and area, which tends to change frequently. Drones can enable mining companies to generate aerial terrain models of the inventory. Further, deploying drones frequently could ensure companies consistently keep track of stockpile movement and inventory measurement. Effective management of stockpiles can yield significant benefits for mining companies, such as grade maximization by blending of ore, production backup during a situation of supply disruptions, and financial reporting
HAULAGE ROAD OPTIMIZATION
The haul road network has a significant impact on the efficiency of mining activities. To achieve safe and uniform transit, haul road conditions must be constantly monitored. Drones can facilitate this process by collecting a large amount of aerial data, covering wider areas more precisely, which can then be used by engineers for planning, designing, construction and maintenance activities.
TAILING DAM MANAGEMENT
Using drones to measure and inspect tailings dams could eliminate the risk of manual surveying. There is no need for manual interference within the proximity of the dump when drones are around. By analyzing the captured data on a digital platform, mining companies can maintain the structural integrity of the tailings dam, design expansion and avoid failure.
AUTONOMOUS DRONE-IN-A-BOX SOLUTIONS AND OTHER CHALLENGING SOLUTIONS
Ask us about deploying an autonomous drone-in-a-box solution that can fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), collecting data in difficult or dangerous locations, challenging photogrammetry solutions, mapping or modeling solutions, geospatial data/ information management, cartographic map production, or standing up a fully featured GIS portal on the cloud, we provide a complete range of technology and engineering expertise to meet your needs
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, MACHINE LEARNING AND SOFTWARE PROVIDES DATA, SAFETY, EFFICIENCY
Remote sensing solutions combined with geographic information systems (GIS) from Icaros provide operational ROI and safety advances. Drones are great at flying and collecting data, but mining companies are also investing in software, artificial intelligence, and machine learning (AI/ML) technologies to make sense of all the photographic, video, LIDAR, thermal, and infrared data gathered by sensors and cameras. Autonomous drone-in-a-box systems, AI/ML, and geospatial task and repair management information systems, such as MapGage (see more information on this website), ensure efficiency and ROI from data collection, analysis and reporting.
LET US COLLECT YOUR DATA FOR YOU
For clients who don’t have drones, remote sensing experience, or image processing experience and don’t want to bring these functions in house, we can provide certified pilots (both manned and unmanned); drones; sensors to collect RGB, thermal, IR, multispectral, video, LIDAR, ground penetrating radar (GPR) and a wide multitude of other data types. Our processing center can also process your data into high quality geospatially accurate orthomosaic maps or 3D models. These maps and models can be used/viewed in your MapGage implementation, or in your existing GIS, or farming applications.