Digitalist: using photogrammetry to transform mining

Almost every industry has been touched by automation, computerization and related changes. Mining is no exception.

Half a century of digitization has changed the shape of the world as we know it. Mining’s digitation has changed interactions with employees, communities, government and the environment.

Yet, despite increased automation and more cost-effective exploration, the mining industry is facing serious challenges. Mining productivity has declined 28% in the past decade. However, 80% of companies plan to invest in the internet of things, and expect a 24% increase of margins as a result.

In the Digitalist, SAP solution manager Ruediger Schroedter discusses the use of photogrammetry to face these challenges and transform mining. The article notes that ‘real business value comes from integrating digital assets and operations into overarching business processes’ – not from using technology in isolation.

The Digitalist article lays out the different ways photogrammetry is transforming the mining industry. From improved economic outcomes, to more effective environmental monitoring, to reducing risk to personnel, Schroedter makes it clear that photogrammetry has the potential to improve every aspect of the industry.

Diagram of a model-company approach. Photogrammetry by Pix4D and business process are surrounded by a box labeled end-to-end solution, feeding into which are the internet of things, business and social networks, people, devices including drones and big data.
Integrating SAP with PIX4Dmapper photogrammetry software

The article focuses on images gathered by drones and processed in Pix4Dmapper. With close to half of large mining companies using Pix4D software, it’s fast becoming the industry standard for volume calculations and comparisons.

Combining Pix4D with SAP technology can further smooth workflows and increase efficiencies, and opens up new ways to work with the data collected.

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