Precision volume estimation from 3D aerial mapping

For mines, quarries, stockpiles and site excavation planning

Volumetric mapping using drones is a faster, safer and more cost-effective way to calculate cut-and-fill or stockpiles. If you are in the construction, mining, agriculture or development sectors, you will already know the importance of accurately monitoring and measuring stockpile volumes. But did you also know that precision aerial volumetric measurement can accurately estimate the amount of material added to or removed from a site over a day, a week, a month or a quarter, to assist in auditing contractor invoices for delivery, removal, transport and re-use of materials?

Queensland Drones specialises in precision mapping and modelling of large and complex mine sites, quarries, landfills, agricultural and development sites, even in remote areas. Our PPK-equipped commercial grade mapping drones, combined with PPK/RTK ground control where required, capture 2-3cm precision levels even across large areas. If you require absolute precision, we can work with your site surveyor to measure ground control points, PPK base position and sampled points across the delivered data outputs.

Volumetric analysis using precision PPK aerial mapping data is a very fast, accurate and economical way to measure the volume of pits, excavations and stockpiles. Using best practice measurement techniques and high quality in-house processing, we find that volume measurements from 3D virtual models can be accurate to within 2-3% of traditional measurements using ground-based laser systems. With the added benefit that drones can be deployed safely even in the most dangerous environments.

Our centimetre precision aerial mapping service can cover very large areas much more quickly than traditional ground-based laser measurements. Our commercial grade mapping drones can cover more than 3000 acres in a single day, delivering high-resolution orthometric data and GIS-grade outputs ready to import into your BIM, CAD or ESRI platform. A volumetric mapping survey that might typically take two surveyors over 12 hours to complete can be captured in 2-3 hours, with data delivered within 1-2 business days.

Contact us now for an obligation-free discussion and quote for your agricultural, mining, quarry and landfill site aerial volumetric mapping needs.

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