Generally, a large percentage of data is geospatial. More so on a mining site where maps and models are standard in reports that are crucial in decision-making. Technologies in data acquisition and geospatial analysis have advanced significantly in the past decade. Now, the process of gathering data to turning them into useful information have been cut short by at least 50% allowing managers and mine planners make timely analysis and recommendations.

Below are the Five Phases of the Mining Lifecycle and their applicable geospatial requirements.

  1. Exploration and Prospecting
    • Aerial LIDAR – the fastest way to get high resolution topography
    • Bore hole Surveys – precise marking of drill sampling locations
    • Mine Boundary Survey – a prerequisite for government compliance
    • Geohazard Mapping – essential assessing risks and creation of mitigating measures
    • Environmental Studies – responsible mining starts with sound Envi studies
  2. Mine-site Design and Planning
    • Aerial Photogrammetry – provides an overview of mine site
    • GPR Surveys – detection of sink holes, cavities, and buried objects
    • Tree Inventory
    • Mapping of Building footprints
    • Flood modelling
  3. Development
    • Control Survey – the establishment of benchmarks for succeeding surveys
    • Route Surveys – covering corridors such as roads and utilities
    • Bathymetric Surveys – important for the design of TSFs, dams, and rivers
    • Scheduled Topo for Earthworks
    • Tunnel Survey – safety and efficiency are paramount for underground mining operations
    • Terrestrial Laser Scanning – for millimeter-accurate models
  4. Production
    • Stockpile Monitoring – precise volume measurements
    • Environmental Monitoring – monthly or bi-weekly sampling and reports
    • Boundary surveys for expansion
    • Mine surveying
    • Landslide monitoring – damage assessment after earthquakes
  5. Closure and Remediation

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