Charleston West Virginia, Mining Services, Aggregates, Aerial, UAV, Stockpile Volume



We are able to perform visual inspections on volumetric and topography in order to help keep tabs on stockpiles. Companies often perform measurements on an annual or quarterly basis. Our UAVs provide the ability to gather volumetric data on a more regular basis.



• Aerial 3D Mapping

• Stockpile Volumes


• Slope Inspection and Charecterization


• Increased data for improved decision making


• Highwall Mapping and Imaging

Energy Systems:

• Infrastructure Inspections

Asset Management:

• Critical component inspections on large equipment, buildings & Infrastructure

• Pipelines

• Transmission Lines

• Stacks and Conveyors

• Railcars and Railroads

Drill & Blast:

• Blast Monitoring & filming

• Material shift

• Pre and Post Blast Surveys


• Incident Investigation and Documenting

• Work area inspections


• Multispectral Sensing for critical growth and health data

 Interested in setting up your own Drone Program?

Let our trained and skilled pilots set up a complete drone operating procedure for your company. We are able to get you up and running in full compliance with all regulations, train pilots and get them licensed and help get the right equipment to complete the desired tasks.

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Additional Use Cases:

• Quarry Stockpiles

• Coal Stockpiles

• Construction excavation stockpiles/progress

• Quarry of file site requirements


• OrthoMosaics geo-rectified

• ArcGIS and/or Google Earth

• 3D Modeling

• DSM/DTM Hillshade modeling

Safety concerns of employees climbing or accessing unstable stockpiles are eliminated by using SKI services. UAV imagery provides the ability, using GIS technology, to overlay subsequent flights on top of each other. Tools with GIS software allow organizations to “slide” layers allowing imagery comparisons previously unattainable cost effectively on regular intervals.



Recently we completed a project capturing aerial imagery, gathering elevation data, and creating 3D models for earthen dams across the state. After collecting about a dozen RTK corrected ground points we created a flight acquisition plan that allowed us to capture the imagery we needed in the least amount of flights and time to ensure a good model could be created. We flew two Nadir flights at a single altitude and the flew one oblique flight to capture the front face of the dam. After we collected the data we processed and aligned the imagery with the GCP’s and exported contour and elevation data, a 3D model, a digital terrain model and were able to calculate the fill volume of the dam before it would break the spill way and reach the inendation route. Below is the data we were able to collect.


THE POTENTIAL USES of drone technology in mining & aggregates have been talked about for years now. We are now able to send a drone to perform visual inspections on volumetrics and topography in order to help keep tabs on stockpiles.

Sky Vision Imagery is the area's leading provider of high quality drone aerial photography services. Sky Vision Imagery offers a range of aerial photography services to meet all the needs of our clients.
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