Global demand for minerals, stone and aggregate has increased and is still continuing to climb. In order to meet these demands there has been a shift of focus to develop more non-traditional mining locations with an expected rise in the number of mining projects. Increased public awareness of the environmental impact and safety hazards have resulted in increased legislation and public pressure to minimize the effect of the mine on the environment and improve safety.
Development of sites requires accurate information about the locality in order to make informed decisions on the proposed extents of the mine or quarry, location of infrastructure and facilities. Once the sites are developed there is also a need for management of the onsite assets in order to ensure that they are maintained correctly. When a mine comes to the end of its lifecycle the closure process is complex as it must take into account the effects of the mining on the environment and also the resolving of social aspects on account of stoppage or closure of existing mines.
Geospatial data is now used to aid any evidence based decision making process. All aircraft can be mounted with a variety of sensors that allow Blom to offer services through all stages of the asset life cycle. Blom have successfully operated all over the globe and have significant experience of operating aircraft in remote locations. By using a combination of geospatial datasets and solutions the mining and quarrying industry can reduce safety risks by using remote surveys, complete asset management from the desktop and also create informed environmental impact assessments by using terrain models. Blom’s geospatial data is currently helping this sector to reduce costs, improve efficiency and comply with new legislation.