Automated aerial intelligence for iron ore mining

Frequently captured drone data is driving better decision-making and increasing efficiency for iron ore companies. Operating Kespry’s system is easy – simply tap a few buttons on an iPad, and the drone does the rest. No joysticks or piloting skills needed. Upon landing, all the captured iron ore mine site data is uploaded to the online Kespry Cloud, where it’s processed and can easily be viewed and shared.
Whether you’d like to capture site data daily, weekly or monthly – it’s completely up to you. There are no usage costs beyond the flat-rate subscription.

Watch the "Using Drone Data for Mine Planning" webinar.

Drones in Mining Q&A

Hear from experts from 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.

Generate accurate topographic data for mine planning

During the initial phases of mine planning an accurate understanding of on-site conditions and existing topography is important to support conceptual studies and feasibility reports. Several sets of data from multiple sources often lead to time delays and mismatched baseline data. The Kespry system becomes the single source of data during planning where imagery and point clouds are shared among conceptual study teams, designers, and engineers. 

  • Geologists and mine planners have confidence when calculating reserves or generating geologic reports.

  • Engineers and planners use a single dataset to calculate drainage catchment areas for environmental impact reports and hydrology studies. 

  • Design teams can bring the Kespry data into several third-party modelling and design softwares such as AGTEK, Civil 3D, Carlson, or ESRI to design pit haul roads, mine portal locations or evaluate the proximity to sensitive habitats.

High-resolution imagery allows mining companies to safely evaluate joints, fractures, landslides or other geophysical hazards located on steep slopes or existing pit walls.

Frequent, accurate data to support iron ore mining operations

Processing of iron ore from banded iron formations or sedimentary iron is a complex process requiring a reliable waste rock and ore management system. Limited data or delays in acquiring ground truth often leads to costly production failures. The Kespry system allows mining companies to frequently collect accurate aerial data for surface analysis and volumetric calculations throughout ongoing mining operations. The Kespry Cloud serves as the single data source to manage surface conditions of the active site.

  • Mine planners confidently calculate cut and fill volumes, within 1-3% accuracy, across the entire site for multiple locations - giving mine operations teams the confidence to stay on track for the anticipated extraction rate.

  • Plant managers are provided volume reports that show locations of each stockpile and details such as tonnage, material type, volume, density and other notes.

  • Overlay mine plans, civil plans, and geotechnical plans over recently flown data to verify compliance and track progress.

  • Mine worker safety is increased by evaluating onsite conditions of blast areas, benches and haul roads using high-resolution imagery with accuracies down to .5 cm per pixel.

  • Kespry topographic data can be displayed in contours, colored surface models and in a 3D model. All Kespry data is available for export to CAD and GIS file formats for use in 3rd party modelling and design software.