We conduct DGPS and total station surveys of mining sites as per the guidelines of MoEF (Ministry of Environment and Forest) and IBM (Indian Bureau of Mines) Circular 02/2010. The purpose of the surveys is to collect the coordinates of mining lease boundary pillars/forest pillars and other features for georeferencing the base maps of the mining sites. CyberSWIFT has been empaneled for DGPS surveys by the mining departments of Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.
Detailed topographical survey of a mining site is necessary to understand the physical and geological condition of the land. We conduct topographical surveys for multiple surface features including drainage, hills, barren land, water bodies, roads, bridges, forest pillars, afforested area, dump area etc. This data can be used for getting a visual idea about land use and land cover, generating contour maps etc. Based on this, mining authorities can take crucial decisions for executing various operations.
We have conducted topographical surveys of various surface features at multiple bauxite mines of Hindalco Industries. These features include scarp face, surface infrastructure, surface drainage, waterbodies, roads, bridges, culverts, village houses, government buildings, temples, power and telephone lines, forest boundaries, mine boundary, lease boundary, pit boundary, mined out area with existing bench position, reclaimed, afforested and dump areas etc. The purpose of this survey was to update and georeference the existing toposheets of the area of interest.
Drones are viable solutions for getting a bird’s eye view of the mining site. We use survey-grade drones to accumulate high-precision data of land features. These Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are equipped with digital cameras to capture high-resolution 360-degree view of the topographical features, mining lease boundaries etc. of the areas of interest from various angles. These can be used to identify potential hazards, assess impact of mining operations etc.