Getmapping's subsidiary company Geosense, working with its partner Drone Solutions of Zimbabwe, recently completed a high-density LiDAR survey coupled with high resolution orthoimagery for Zimplats and Implats Sibanye platinum mines in Southern Africa. Precise topographical surface and terrain information was provided for both sites. Digital vector line mapping was also supplied as part of an overall annual mine survey status report.
Both sites contain considerable reserves. The Mimosa mine, geologically located on the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe, is the oldest and one of the largest underground mines in Southern Africa. It contains one of the largest platinum reserves, producing approximately 120,000oz of platinum every year.
The survey data is essential for future planning purposes as well as volumetric calculations of stock for auditing purposes.
“Geosense were able to provide a cost-effective solution and offered a particularly quick turnaround post collection” said Jeremiah Musabayana CEO of the Drone Solutions Group. “This was highly appreciated by my customer who had experienced delays due to the restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to continuing our relationship with Geosense as we expand our theatre of operations in the region”.
Drone Solutions, specialists in geospatial products and solutions derived from unmanned aerial vehicles, provided ground support for this particular project.