Accurate monitoring of mines is imperative in relation to productivity, safety, and legal compliance. Airborne surveys offer several advantages when exploring existing or potential mine sites.

Aerial photography can offer new and improved perspectives on your site, revealing related opportunities and risks. Aerial LiDAR collection can efficiently acquire millions of points within each square kilometer, creating a robust data set for volume calculations, slope management, geomorphology, and structural geology.

Through consultation with experienced engineers and geologists, Leading Edge Geomatics has developed an accurate and affordable approach to topographical surveying of open pit and strip mining. By conducting ground and aerial surveys simultaneously, our teams efficiently collect extensive data on your mining site, contributing to the enhanced productivity and safety of your operations.

Open Pit Monitoring

Mining 4The use of LiDAR in open pit mining operations allows users to assess the scope of work as well as the change in topography during the excavation phase. Having an accurate and precise model of the operation allows companies to analyze future strategies and plans for access roads, equipment situations, pit depth versus width, and groundwater.

LEG can provide complete surveys of your open pit, and provide deliverables in the format that best suits your needs. Select the right combination of LiDAR and aerial imagery for your mining project.

• Full feature classification (ground, vegetation, buildings, and man-made features)
• Area or polygon files identifying areas of interest such as vegetation, roads, power structures and other man-made features
• Digital Ground models
• Digital Terrain models

Volume Calculation

Mining 1Aerial LiDAR surveys rapidly collect large amounts of data. Through LiDAR derived 3D representations, users can safely acquire information on slopes and volume estimates in a fraction of the time required to perform traditional survey.

Deliverables are customized to meet your specific needs, and can be provided in a variety of formats, including:

• Digital Elevation Model (DEM)
• Digital Terrain Model (DTM)
• Intensity Images
• Contours in customized intervals
• Aerial High Resolution Imagery RGB and/or Near Infrared

Exploration / Land Development

Mining 6Supporting mineral exploration through various phases, aerial LiDAR and aerial photography are advantageous tools for exploration and land development. Using LiDAR to guide projects, users are able to gather data and make assessments faster, while lowering their overall environmental impact during the exploration phase. By gathering data on large and remote areas, aerial LiDAR aids in assessment of geomorphology, through a safe and efficient method.

LiDAR surveys are able to penetrate vegetation, and therefore generate bare earth models, among other products. This allows users to identify characteristics of the geological zone that were not before visible using photography alone.