Mine Site Volume Reconciliations
PhotoSat surveys are used for monthly, quarterly and annual mine site volume reconciliations. The survey is a time-stamped snapshot of the entire mine site, done remotely with satellite photos.
Mine Leach Pad & Ore Stockpile Volumes
Ore stockpiles and leach pads are usually built from level or surveyed bases so their volumes can be calculated from a single satellite topographic map of the stockpile surface. PhotoSat’s processing system is optimized to calculate these volumes.
Mine Tailings Surveying
Mine tailings beaches are ideal for satellite surveying. They are usually too soft and wet to walk or drive safely on. They are too flat to be surveyed by ground-based laser scanning. Airborne LiDAR and photogrammetry require mobilization, complex logistics, and long processing delays.
Mine Site Toes & Crests
To improve mine safety, many mine operators are using remote methods of mapping mine site toes and crests whenever practical. PhotoSat’s unique technology automatically maps toes and crests from our satellite survey grid to an approximate accuracy of 50cm horizontal and 15cm in elevation.
Reserve & Resource Estimates
Reserve and resource estimates for 43-101 reports for most mineral deposits require accurate surface topography to calculate stripping and mining volumes. Companies around the world are using PhotoSat’s satellite surveying for their 43-101 compliant reserve and resource estimates.
Water Body Outlines
Water management is an important aspect of modern mining operations. PhotoSat can survey all of the waterbodies on mine sites with each mine survey update.
PhotoSat developed its own proprietary grid thinning process for producing accurately thinned grids to help overcome the data import bottleneck.