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Item Number: 80331
New Subscription based software for: 
3D Face profile, Blast Volume, Boretrak Integration, Change Detection, Drill Pattern Design and Blast Optimization.

Software Description:

Strayos is a cloud based aerial imagery analytics platform for the data acquired by

drones and sensors.

Strayos has developed variety of innovative solutions for Mining industry that helps end

customers reduce operational costs, improve productivity, safety and become more compliant.

Drones are great tools for surveying:

• Complex terrains

• Hard to reach areas

• Large areas faster and/or safer


Inventory and Stockpile measurement in Mines.

Issues with traditional surveying techniques

Using traditional ground-based surveying methods to calculate the volume of a

stockpile means a surveyor must take their equipment on site and capture the

coordinates and elevation of multiple points — around the base of the stockpile, on

top of the stockpile, and along all of the breaklines.

Once these points have been captured, the surveyor can go back to their desk and

generate a surface model. This model is compared against previous survey data, or

a baseline surface or a virtual reference plane, to calculate volume changes.

Measuring all the stockpiles in a large stockyard using this method can take days to

complete. The surveyor is generally exposed to hazardous conditions (walking near

heavy equipment, climbing up unstable stockpile surfaces, etc) and it’s often

necessary to halt operations while surveying work is in progress.

Using Strayos drone data platform

Mining companies always want to find out how much material has been added or

removed to a stockpile since your last drone survey.

Simply select the Polygon tool inside the Strayos platform, and draw a line around

the base of your stockpile. In an instant, Strayos will ‘take’ the thousands of recorded

height samples within the boundary of this polygon. Conceptually, this is similar to a

surveyor climbing across a stockpile taking thousands of elevation points — though

clearly much safer!

Next, Strayos compares these height readings (from your current survey dataset) to

those from your previous survey (at exactly the same horizontal locations). Volume

changes are expressed as either positive change, where material has been added

(labelled ‘Fill’) or negative change, where material has been removed (labelled

‘Cut’).You can also see the ‘Net’ change (Fill+Cut). A record of these values over

time can be exported for reporting purposes. Strayos platform is also developing

solution where changes in the stockpile can be compared date wise and

visualize through easy color coding.


Fixing Your Haul Roads Before They Become a Problem

Haul road management isn’t always at the top of the priority list for mine and quarry

managers. Once the road is designed and cut, it often isn’t thought about again until

someone reports a problem.

Mining users require the ability to evaluate haul roads on a timely basis with minimal

effort to guide support equipment (i.e. graders, dozers, etc.) to design, build and

continuously improve haul roads whilst applying best practice. 

With an improved method to evaluate the haul road environment alongside vehicle

operations, a range of stakeholders will benefit on-site: • 

• Mining Engineers and Technical Services who design the haul road for

productivity, whilst an optimized design can have vast benefits for fuel usage,

and therefore reduce diesel burn.

• Production Supervisors and Open Cut Examiners (OCE’s) will be able to

quickly and accurately implement corrective actions backed up with relevant


• Maintenance costs will decrease when haul roads are designed to minimise

damage, stress and fatigue on tyres and vehicle components. 

• Safety and/or Surveying personnel will be able to easily evaluate if haul

roads are designed within site guidelines.

Using drone data and the Strayos Platform, managers who fly their entire site

regularly can ensure the safety and efficiency of their roads quickly and easily –

without sending out a dedicated road survey team.

With a focus on the mine environment, Strayos drone data solution provides features

from the following categories: 

• Aerial Map (e.g. Haul Road Snapshot)

• Relative Altitude Parameters (e.g. Superelevation / Camber, etc.)

• Map Recognition (e.g. Corner Radius, Load/Dump locations, etc.)

• Parameter Colour Spectrum (e.g. Digital Elevation Model)


Performing Regular Compliance and Safety Checks

Berm/Windrow Heights

Windrows are an important barrier to maintain beside all haul roads that are close to

slopes. In order to check windrow heights on the Strayos Platform, simply use

the Height Graph tool.


Other direct applications using drone technology:

• Strayos Drone Data solution has direct application in both day to day planning activities at

the site, acting as a support system for the survey terms and in mine exploration/preexcavation



• Monitoring of Environmental Reclamation Activities and existing infrastructure:

o Boundary distance of 7.5m

o Tracking the coverage of coir nets/Green blankets

o Total plant count

o Preservation of natural drains

o Development of ponds for storage of coal-polluted-water

o Existing infrastructures , buildings etc within mine area  

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