Automated aerial intelligence for coal mining

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Automated aerial intelligence for coal mining

Leading coal companies are using Kespry’s Automated Drone System to frequently capture coal mine data that’s saving significant time and money while increasing safety. Automated, accurate and built to operate in harsh mining environments – the Kespry Drone System can be used by anyone in your company. No joysticks or piloting skills needed. Once the drone lands, captured data is automatically uploaded to the online Kespry Cloud, where it’s processed and made available for easy viewing and sharing.

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Drones in Mining Q&A

Hear from experts from the across the mining industry as they discuss how aerial intelligence is being used to improve their planning and operations.

Drone data is being used by leading mining companies all over the world to save time and money, while increasing safety. From waste rock material management to mine planning, companies are seeing a strong ROI. 

In this webinar recording, the most popular use cases for the following industries is be discussed: Aggregates, Coal, Frac Sand, Gold and Iron Ore.

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Accurate data to effectively manage coal mining operations

Once coal ore and overburden have been removed from the source area, management of the material is critical to ensure product accountability and regulatory compliance. With regular flights using the Kespry system, the material removed from a shaft, incline, adit or opencast mine is easily managed in the Kespry Cloud.

  • Overburden and ore stockpiles are automatically calculated using point and click mine planning tools. Materials are organized in a database where adjustments to material densities can be made when accounting for the difference in coal rank - giving you the most accurate inventory of extracted materials.

  • Complete cut and fill reports are generated and shared across teams with details showing individual pile locations, material type, volume, tonnage, density, and other notes.

  • Blast patterns on existing plans can be overlaid on Kespry flight data with positional accuracies down to 2 cm.

  • Keep workers safe and conduct blast area and high wall inspections using high-resolution images - down to .5 cm (per pixel ground image resolution).

  • Determine slope stability using surface analysis tools and 3D visualization tools without needing additional software.

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Reliable aerial data for coal mine development and planning

Coal mine planning requires an accurate initial baseline dataset before a project comes to life. Limited baseline data often leads to discrepancies and miscalculated reserves or possibly rejected projects. The Kespry system is used to support all phases of mine development from the conceptual study to reclamation. Accurate aerial data from Kespry can be used to create initial topographic maps that support geological investigations, geotechnical recommendations, environmental impact reports and other critical studies needed to assess the feasibility of mine development.

  • Geologists and mine engineers can confidently draft geologic cross sections to determine the seam thicknesses and structure of the formation or perform hydrogeologic evaluations using a single dataset.

  • Planners can quickly estimate the coal reserves over large areas using purpose-built volumetric tools accessed from any web-browser.

  • Mining companies can accurately calculate grades of anticipated haul road routes, determine mine portal locations, and identify dump areas and staging locations using the same dataset created by designers and engineers.

  • All data is exportable in a variety of file formats for 3rd party software used for design, modelling and GIS.

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