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  • Melissa Wijnberg

Rapid aerial survey of a proposed graphite mine

3DroneMapping was recently called to map a very remote proposed graphite mine in East Africa. The client gave a very short window for the survey to be undertaken as they required that information to begin the planning of drilling locations, camp establishment and access road design.

Using a custom built fixed wing platform with medium format sensor, dual frequency PPK logger and long range radios, the 3800ha site was surveyed in one day. Initial ground control was established over the site in the morning and flight operations began shortly after midday. Aerial triangulation and classification of data took a further 2 days to complete.

Despite the remoteness of the site, the undulation of the terrain (varied from 1230m - 2100m ASL)and the vegetation coverage, we managed to hand over the data well within the timeline.

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