Challenging topography and dangerous conditions make UAV surveying the solution to produce GIS data for DEM and DTM models
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YellowScan systems allow for quick and complete acquisition of an entire property while eliminating the on-the-ground logistics and dangers
Advantages of UAV LiDAR
Mining companies mostly use photogrammetry to map the mines, but it can have its limits as it takes a lot of time to process the data and create the maps. Bad luminosity due to cloudy weather and a lot of vegetation can lead to insufficient data. Also, Photogrammetry requires more flight plans making the process more time consuming !
Sometimes, a mine can turn out to be homogeneous and a photogrammetric scan cannot reveal the proper elevations as the color contrast is weak. However, a LiDAR scan can reveal precisely and accurately the diverse variations in elevation.
UAV LiDARs ensure proper planning and decision making
Mining is a very risky and extremely expensive venture. YellowScan LiDARs can help mitigate these risks and reduce the costs. Mining companies are using LiDARs to capture geospatial information of the natural surface, the infrastructure of a mine and also to calculate the production volumes.
UAV LiDARs ensure proper planning and decision making by providing precise inventory information, accurate pit models and contour maps.
Reduce human and environmental risk
Most importantly, human and environmental risks can be reduced by minimizing human intervention, thanks to YellowScan LiDARs that can be easily fitted into any drone. In fact, security and safety is the priority and a major driver of all mining companies.
So, apart from doing complex inventory and data collection, mining companies are using LiDARs to make their operations safer. They can detect, identify and analyze potential hazards and avoid their impact. It is the LiDAR and UAV that faces the danger from above, therefore reducing human intervention as well as the corresponding risks involved. Thus, keeping the miners and workers safe.
By their very nature, mines are in remote areas that do not offer good survey control points. Add the lack of access roads and rough terrain, ground surveying becomes impractical. The best option is in most cases an aerial survey.
An airborne survey using YellowScan allows for quick and complete data capture of an entire zone while eliminating most logistical challenges and dangers.
UAV LiDAR Pointclouds – Mining applications
View some YellowScan generated 3D mapping pointclouds:
– La Turbie Quarry (France) with Surveyor LiDAR system mounted on a Altigator OnyxStar drone
– Poussan (France) with Surveyor LiDAR system mounted on a Altigator OnyxStar drone
The data collection has been processed using YellowScan software and TerraSolid.
LiDAR, Photogrammetry and TLS, a case study in a Quarry
Pierre Chaponnière, Application Engineer at YellowScan, presents the benefits of Direct Georeferencing for simultaneous LiDAR / photogrammetry systems versus traditional aerial triangulation in a quarry environment.