3D Drone Mapping:
Data gathering using
autonomous drones

Safety, efficiency, and accuracy are paramount in the fast-paced mining world. From exploring new sites to maintaining existing operations, the demands are complex and challenging. Enter the world of 3D drone mapping, a groundbreaking technology reshaping the mining landscape.

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Revolutionizing the Future of Mining with 3D Mapping

An autonomous drone that can capture survey-grade maps transforms how mining survey teams approach their work. Whether it's the treacherous task of mapping inaccessible underground caverns or ensuring the structural integrity of an operational site, drones equipped with specialized technology like SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) are providing once-unthinkable solutions.

Hazardous working conditions and the time-consuming task of manual surveying and mapping have long presented issues for the mining industry. Now, drones offer an opportunity to enhance safety and efficiency significantly. Imagine mapping a dark, complex mine from a safe distance with a level of detail and accuracy that surpasses traditional methods. Or envision a world where real-time mapping allows for immediate response to potential risks, minimizing danger and maximizing productivity.

These scenarios are no longer the stuff of imagination; they are today's reality, thanks to innovations in 3D drone mapping. This technology is not just an advancement; it's a revolution, redefining the mining industry's future. Read on to discover how 3D drone mapping is taking the mining world by storm, offering unprecedented safety, speed, and accuracy possibilities. The future is here, and it's autonomous.


What is 3D Drone Mapping?

Imagine the ability to soar within geographies, capture their essence, and translate them into detailed maps or 3D models. That's what 3D drone mapping does. 

Mapping caves and mine shafts is complex due to their inaccessible, dark, and often unpredictable nature. However, drones, especially those equipped with specialized technology, can assist in cave mapping and exploration in several ways. Also known as aerial surveying or aerial mapping, this technology leverages the power of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to achieve what was once considered unattainable.

Check out this short video to learn about what it’s like to plan and undertake a mission using drone mapping software.

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Comparing Drone Mapping Technology: Drone Photogrammetry vs. LiDAR-based SLAM

In the fascinating world of 3D drone mapping, particularly concerning the complex environment of caves, two prominent technologies stand out: Drone Photogrammetry and LiDAR-based SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping). Let's delve into them.
Meeting the Challenges Head-On

Today's Autonomous Drone Technology

In an underground mine, SLAM is the go-to technology for several reasons:

  1. Lighting Conditions: Unlike photogrammetry, SLAM doesn't rely on lighting conditions, making it ideal for use in the typically dark environment of an underground mine.
  2. Obstacle Avoidance: SLAM’s obstacle avoidance technology is critical in the tight, complex cavities of an underground mine.
  3. GPS Availability: Underground mines are enclosed, often GPS-denied or GPS-unreliable areas. SLAM technology doesn't rely on GPS and can effectively map enclosed spaces.
  4. Real-Time Mapping: SLAM technology can create and update maps as the drone moves through the environment, making it ideal for the changing conditions and potential hazards found in underground mines.
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Why 3D Mapping for Mining?

Benefits of Accurate Drone Mapping with ExynAero

At Exyn Technologies, we pride ourselves on providing customers with an industrial-grade autonomous robot capable of safely capturing business critical data from dangerous, hard to reach areas. Exyn is powered by a team of experts in autonomous systems, robotics, and industrial engineering which has drawn talent out of the University of Pennsylvania's world-renowned GRASP Laboratory. We offer a single, integrated solution to the mining, construction, and logistics industries looking to revolutionize their geospatial surveying workflows. Here's what sets us apart:

  • Expertise in Autonomous Systems: We focus on creating world-class autonomous systems for capturing valuable data.
  • Robust Products: The ExynAero is designed to function in GPS-denied environments, equipped with a ruggedized tablet for easy planning and processing. This tablet is incredibly beneficial for teams to confirm they've captured the necessary data sets before returning to the surface, reducing the chances of costly rework.
  • Deep Expertise in Mission-Critical Industries: Our autonomy and mapping tools enhance survey team efficiency and safety.

Meet an Autonomous Drone

A miner and an autonomous robot may seem like unlikely friends, but ExynAI enables human workers to capture otherwise impossible data without the use of prior maps, GPS, or existing infrastructure. 

The ExynAero EA6 is a fully-integrated, pilotless drone that easily navigates complex environments while gathering precise, 3D data. This remarkable drone uses the power of LiDAR-based SLAM to maximize human safety by optimizing efficient data collection.

Technology and AI come together to capture beyond-line-of-sight data without risking operator safety.


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LiDAR-based SLAM isn't just a technical term; it's a powerful tool with broad applications, from industrial inspections to underground mining. Exyn is leading the charge in this technology, and we invite you to discover the difference. Whether you're in the mining industry or a researcher studying uncharted caves, 3D drone mapping can offer insights, efficiency, and safety like never before.

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