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Construction of Precise Digital Terrain Model for Nonmetal Open-pit Mine by Using Unmanned Aerial Photograph
Econ. Environ. Geol. 2015 Jun;48(3):205-12
Published online June 30, 2015
Copyright © 2015 Economic and Environmental Geology.

Seong-Jun Cho, Eun-Seok Bang* and Il-Mo Kang

Mineral Resources Research Division, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Daejeon 305-350, Republic of Korea
Received June 23, 2015; Accepted June 26, 2015.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
We have verified applicability of UAV(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) photogrammetry to a mining engineering. The test mine is a smectite mine located at Gyeongju city in Gyeongnam province, Koera. 448 photos over area of 600 m × 380 m were taken with overlapped manner using Cannon Mark VI equipped to multicopter DJI S1000, which were processed with AgiSoft Photoscan software to generate orthophoto and DEM model of the study area. photogrammetry data with 10 cm resolution were generated using 6 ground control positions, which were exported to the 3D geological modeling software to make a topographic surface object. Monitoring of amount of ore production and landsliding could be done with less than 1 hours photographing as well as low cost. A direct link between UAV photogrammetry and 3D geological modeling technology might increase productivity of a mine due to appling the topographical surface change immediately according to the mining operation.
Keywords : UAV, photogrammetry, DEM, 3D geological modelling


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