How we do it


1 Overview

Open-pit landscapes are constantly changing as excavations are made, stockpiles grow, and blasting operations take place. With such a dynamic environment the need for Up-to-Date Spatial Information is critical.

LiDAR Scanning has been a game-changing technology for all forward-looking quarry and plant companies who use this new technology to obtain data relating to a wide range of activities safely and cost-effectively.

The ever-changing nature of quarry landscapes means that sites often need to be scanned quickly to aid in the efficient planning of such operations as the re-routing of roads, positioning of heavy machinery, and surveying of blast materials and stockpiles.

2 Main Applications:

  • Whole site mapping: Map entire quarries quicker for improved project management;
  • Stockpile/Volumetric surveys: Measure stockpile volume, height, diameter and density to help calculate inventory, plan deliveries/collections, and to support theft prevention;
  • Inventory Control: Onsite and at entry/exit points;
  • 3D Rockface profiling: Scan vast quarry walls in detail to help plan safer, more optimised blast designs;
  • Blast analysis: Pre- and post-blast mapping to monitor changes to Rockface, volume and position of material blasted;
  • Limited and hazardous access surveys: Long-range capabilities enable mobile mapping from a safe distance.

3 Other useful applications regarding asset management and safe planning are listed below:

  • Historical documentation of site conditions in 3D;
  • Computation of haul road distances, widths, slopes/gradients, clearances;
  • Calculation of all transport costs (distance, weight, fuel, time);
  • Calculation of volumes changes for material stockpiles and active mine faces;
  • Cross sections for blast hole alignment;
  • Rapid mapping and assessment of changed conditions;
  • Complete Geospatial site management in a GIS environment;
  • Comprehensive information for planning expansions and modifications.