Datamine Sirovision: Drone Image Mapping

Datamine Sirovision: Drone Image Mapping

The upcoming Sirovision V6.2 release incorporates valuable new capabilities to import and map using drone and laser scanner acquired data.

Mapping Structures from a Drone Generated Image

Mapping Structure from a Drone Generated Image

Over the past decade, UAV-borne remote sensing methods using photogrammetry and LiDAR have exploded in popularity. Primary uses in mining operations are surveying, monitoring stockpile volumes, tracking equipment and simplistic mapping of deposit sites. Exploration geologists are interested in the use of UAVs to access remote areas for mapping mineral deposits. Currently, there is a lack of software which will allow accurate and reliable rock mass characterization using UAV derived 3D models.

The new Sirovision V6.2 enables the import of 3D models generated by LIDAR (laser scanners) and by Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry software, commonly used with drones, such as Agisoft Photoscan and Pix4D. Importable 3D point clouds & textured mesh formats include:

  • *.PLY – Stanford PLY
  • *.OBJ – Wavefront OBJ
  • *.LAS – Lidar binary format
  • *.DXF – Drawing eXchange format

Once imported, users can utilize Sirovision’s suite of geological and geotechnical mapping and analysis tools, finally enabling accurate and reliable rock mass characterisation of UAV data.


UAV data imported into Sirovision will benefit:

Mine Operations

  • Geologists – geological/structural mapping
  • Geotechnical Engineers – geotechnical mapping, joint set analysis, wedge, block & toppling hazard detection, slope stability analysis
  • Surveyors – mine survey


  • Exploration Geologists – accurate mapping of mineral deposits, cost-effective drill hole planning, constructing large-scale geological/structural models


For more information on Sirovision or our other software solutions, please call your local Datamine Office.

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