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Paper: BHP Olympic Dam use mobile drone LiDAR for structural data collection and analysis


This paper discusses the process of acquiring and preparing drone-based LiDAR data for geomechanics and explores the spatial and structural relationship between drone data and window mapping for implementation into Olympic Dam’s future stope designs. The back-analysis of stope failures through the LiDAR scan structural mapping has provided a great deal of insight into structural characterisation of underground areas and can assist in planning future stopes. It has not only provided more detailed information on the previously identified large persistent structures but has also identified large multi-stope spanning structures which were previously unrecognised. Evidence of broader zones of weakness, more extensive than previously appreciated, were also uncovered through small-scale structural persistence through mine areas.