UAV applications for mining

The mining industry is looking for innovative approaches to enhance safety and boost productivity at the same time and drones might be the right answer to that. It is a powerful tool with significant positive impact that is changing mining operations. UAV technology is an add-on for the decision making process by providing fast, accurate and meaningful data sets. At Lufthansa Aerial Services, customized solutions are developed to meet customer requirements. Shifting from traditional methods to UAV technology reduces operating expenses, optimizes resources and improves safety. The application of UAV-based solutions in mining shows no sign of slowing down. It’s time to integrate them in your business.

Site assessment and planning

Large open cut iron ore mine
  • Pre and post blast result surveying
  • Misfires damage inspection
  • Pit and dump inspection
  • Surface stability monitoring
  • Mine slope inspection

Ground operation

  • Ground and stockpiles measurement surveying
  • Fleet and material movement monitoring
  • Plant and equipment inspection
  • Blast monitoring
  • Haul route surface monitoring

External impact

  • Mining site evolution monitoring
  • Surrounding areas erosion surveying
  • Ground water inflows surveying
  • Storm damage inspections
  • Deforestation and biodiversity surveying

Our solutions for the mining sector

Mining field view from above

Volumetric analysis

  • Excavated area and volume measurements
  • Extracted stock piles volumetric calculations
Belt conveyors mining

Close-up inspection

  • Equipment dilapidation inspection (e.g. conveyors, rockers, etc.)
  • Mine highwalls potential failure inspection
3D illustration of terrain surface structure


  • Digital Terrain Modelling (DTM) for height and elevation data of open pit mines
  • Digital Elevation Modelling (DEM) for height and depth of entire site
Aerial View of a Large Quarry

High resolution imagery

  • Geo-reference images of entire site
  • Real-time up-to-date images for quick site assessment

2D and 3D modelling

  • High quality 2D scaled maps
  • 3D conceptual model of mine sites
LH Crane

Digital web platform

  • Centralized interface with interactive tools (mark up, annotations, etc.)
  • Multiple user access for interactive exchange of information

Your benefits


  • Increase personnel safety – Less surveyors exposed to site hazards
  • No equipment set-up in open pit – Less risk of equipment ground crashing


  • Fast and accurate data sets – Speed-up decision making
  • Digitalized workable data – Progress tracking over time
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  • Replacement of conventional methods – Less expensive cranes and access equipment
  • Opportunity for cost reduction – Less operation shutdown


  • Optimization of crew deployment – Shorter notification time for ground crew
  • Efficient mission planning – Optimization of fleet and equipment utilization