5 Reasons Small Mines Should Invest in Pit Analysis

image of a drone flying over a quarry pit
Drone flying over a quarry with “data” superimposed on it

For big mines geometric reconciliation, or pit analysis, is a fact of life. They conduct them as often as they would like to maximize safety, compliance, and operational excellence. They have teams and divisions with access to expensive hardware and software all geared towards making the most of their knowledge of the day to day situation of their mines.

Now, pit analysis is faster, easier, and more affordable than ever before. With today’s technology a complete pit analysis can be done in minutes. All you need to do is fly a drone and upload the pictures to the software for AI driven analysis.

A proper pit analysis will show you the status of your:

  • haul roads- including width, grade, and slope,
2D photogrammetric image of a mine with the haul roads marked in green and yellow cross lines.
2D photogrammetric image of a mine with the haul roads marked in green and yellow cross lines.
Measure your road width and categorize based on requirements

But, for those mines and quarries who don’t have those kind of resources to dedicate to squeezing every last drop of operational efficiency out of their site, why should they care about performing pit analyses? Because it makes your operations better.

The Most Common Objections We Hear to Implementing a Pit Analysis Workflow:

  • I don’t have the man power.

5 reasons a small or midsize mine or quarry should invest in conducting regular Pit Analyses

With a pit analysis tool, like the one offered by Strayos, pit analyses are affordable and easy. Another perk? No interference in operations. The drone doesn’t care if your guys are working or not, if there’s a muckpile or not, they just fly right over and keep taking pictures. The software makes the pit analysis almost entirely automated, so you don’t need to worry about adding or training additional workers and it can give you insights and warnings about your site that allow you to…

  1. Save Time

How many hours do you spend a week doing menial labor? emailing files, manipulating data, inspecting your site on foot?

  • Reduce Inspection Time- just fly a drone, upload the data and in minutes you can see your entire site and everything on it with centimeter level accuracy. The software will analyze your site for you and notify you of any conditions that do not meet your specifications or that may become a problem- like slope failure predictions or berm heights. No more need to send someone out to walk the site to physically inspect it.
Images of a mine site with color coded data visualizations of how material has been removed over time
Images of a mine site with color coded data visualizations of how material has been removed over time
Visualize changes to your site based on measurements or compare photogrammetric images

2. Increase Profits

How many hours do you spend on tedious tasks? Wouldn’t you rather be using those hours to focus your attention to increasing your mine production?

  • Time equals money- the time you save are hours you don’t have to pay for.
2D photogrammetric aerial image of a mine site with the haul roads highlighted based on the engine usage chart adjascent.
2D photogrammetric aerial image of a mine site with the haul roads highlighted based on the engine usage chart adjascent.
Integrate truck sensor data to optimize road design

3. Work Smarter

Not knowing where you are loosing money is worse than wasting money. At least when you waste it you know where it went and how to avoid the expense again. If your books aren’t showing the profits they should be, wouldn’t you like to know why?

  • Automate the menial tasks so you can spend your time where it matters most.

4. Ensure Compliance

Why risk a compliance violation when you don’t have to? Forewarned is forearmed.

  • The AI can monitor your slopes, berms, bench height, haul roads and more.
2D aerial view from a drone showing a mine site with haul roads highlighted and berm heights and widths displayed.
2D aerial view from a drone showing a mine site with haul roads highlighted and berm heights and widths displayed.
Measure berm heights and categorize based on height

5. Prevent Disasters

Better safe than sorry. How much is an injury or death worth to your business? How about property damage?

  • Monitor your slopes for failure, your berms, your highwalls, and your haul roads.
Drone survey images merged using photogrammetry. The crest and toes of the highwalls are marked and the heights are measured.
Drone survey images merged using photogrammetry. The crest and toes of the highwalls are marked and the heights are measured.
Highwall Analysis automatically detects crest and toe and categorizes based on height

With Strayos, pit analysis is so easy you could analyze your site everyday if you wanted to. Just imagine how convenient it would be and the peace of mind you could have.

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