AAM has been providing spatial information services to the mining and minerals sectors for over 50 years. AAM pioneered the use of aerial photogrammetry for planning and route location at the birth of the iron ore mining industry in Western Australia in the 1960s.
We have stayed at the forefront of technological change, adapting each new advance in imaging and analysis for the benefit of our clients. As leaders in our field we have built comprehensive expertise in providing solutions to the challenges faced by mining and mineral companies throughout all stages of the extraction process – from exploration to rehabilitation.
AAM Services for Exploration in Mining:
AAM can provide the data and analysis you need to minimise the time and cost of exploration programs.
We make remote areas accessible to exploration and analysis and help with rapid assessment of wide areas to find the prime site candidates.
When you are ready to narrow in on a prospect we can assist with detailed seismic surveys and with planning drilling programs through the provision of accurate and detailed multi-spectral geospatial data.
AAM Services for the Development Phase in Mining:
Once a site is chosen, high-resolution digital terrain models of the target and surrounding areas help in planning construction and development of mines and supporting infrastructure, like route location and design of rail lines, pipelines, power lines and conveyors.
Airborne LiDAR can capture ground cover as well as terrain, providing baseline data and ongoing site monitoring to meet environmental reporting and management requirements.
AAM Services for Monitoring
Current computing power in combination with our dedicated fleet of aircraft fitted for aerial survey allows for quick data capture turn-around. The result is that the regular and timely monitoring of broad areas has become incredibly cost-effective.
One particular open-cut mine site in Australia is imaged every month by AAM. The primary deliverable is an update of the pit model to enable mine site survey staff to calculate end of month volumes. The geospatial data we provide can also be used for monitoring earthwork contractors, pre- and post-blast volumes, ship and train loading, environmental reporting and asset management. And it can be delivered safely, accurately and efficiently within a short time frame. For our open-cut mine clients we consistently deliver a 3-day turn-around between imaging and data provision.