Ensuring Safety with Drone Surveys: A Case Study in Open Cast Mines

Shwejal & Vidushi, Kesowa Summer Research Interns 2024

6/26/20242 min read

aerial photography of dump trucks
aerial photography of dump trucks

Open cast mines are vital sources of raw materials, but they can also be dangerous environments. Regular inspections are crucial to ensure the safety of workers and to identify potential hazards. However, traditional inspection methods can be time-consuming, expensive, and risky.

Here at Kesowa, we are using drones and advanced data mapping techniques to improve the safety of open cast mines. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a recent project we completed for Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited.

The Challenge

ECL needed to assess the condition of the haul road and slopes at their open cast mine in Kalipahari, West Bengal, India. The mine had recently experienced heavy rain, and ECL was concerned that the haul road and slopes may have been compromised. Traditional inspection methods would have required surveyors to walk the length of the haul road and slopes, which would have been time-consuming and dangerous.

The Kesowa Solution

Kesowa used a drone to collect high-resolution images of the haul road and slopes at the ECL mine. These images were then used to create a detailed 3D model of the mine site.

The 3D model allowed ECL to see the condition of the haul road and slopes in detail. This included identifying any cracks, deformation, or other potential hazards. The drone survey was also able to capture data on the slopes of the mine walls, which is important for ensuring stability.

The Benefits

The drone-based survey provided ECL with a quick, safe, and cost-effective way to assess the condition of their open cast mine. The 3D model created by Kesowa helped ECL to identify potential hazards before they became a problem. This will help to keep workers safe and prevent costly accidents.

Drone-based surveys are a valuable tool for improving safety in open cast mines. By using drones, mine operators can quickly and easily identify potential hazards and take steps to mitigate them.

About our Client

Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL) is a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, operating coal mines primarily in West Bengal and Jharkhand.

If you are interested in learning more about how Kesowa can help you improve safety at your open cast mine, please contact us today.

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