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Benefits of Automated Drones for Stockpile Management 

Provides accurate measurements through aerial data capture, powering stockpile management essential to mining operations.

Effective stockpile management programs utilize accurate and detailed knowledge profiling each stockpile. A thorough stockpile management program allows operators to accurately and efficiently account for stockpiles and archive ore grades throughout the life of a stockpile. Traditionally, ground-based techniques and technologies are used in stockpile management programs to achieve operational efficiency, but can be time-consuming, labor-intensive and costly. Drones for stockpile management have emerged as an incredibly efficient industrial-grade tool, assisting in a wide range of stockpile management applications including blending, managing inventory and financial reporting. The simplicity, speed and agility offered by drones for stockpile management, sets them apart from conventional aircrafts and traditional data collection methods. Airobotics’ industrial-grade, automated drone system provides surveyors and mining professionals access to high-quality digital 3D models, using photogrammetry or LiDAR. For mine operators, this data plugs directly into any mining or GIS software suite for further analysis and evaluation.

Airobotics automated drones can be incorporated into stockpile management programs including blending efforts by assisting in the calculation of blended piles by tracking quantity of ore grades mixed. Additionally, UAV stockpile management programs can provide value in archiving layered stockpiles by profiling historical stockpile grades and archiving ore grades across the life of the stockpile to minimize misclassification.


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To find out how you can use Airobotics’ automated system for stockpile management, download the mining paper.

Ground-based surveying methods, including GPS, total stations, and laser scanners, have been the industry standard for generating digital 3D stockpile models, the cornerstone of stockpile management. However, such methods are slow, and often require surveyors to scale hazardous slopes to collect data. Stockpile management with automated drones is significantly more accurate, efficient, and prevents endangerment of personnel. The updated 3D surface models provide recurring snapshots of changes in the life of the stockpile.

Airobotics developed a professional tool for stockpile management, that collects unlimited aerial data, and provides more precise measurements.

How can Airobotics' automated system be used in stockpile management?

  • Accurately model each stockpile for improved feeding of the material for processing and mineral extraction
  • Reconcile accurate stockpile volume for productivity benchmarking and financial reporting
  • Assist in the calculation of blended piles by tracking quality of ore grades mixed