Case Study: How LKAB deployed autonomous mapping technology to assess earthquake damage

Swedish mining company LKAB mine processes iron ore for the global steel market. Its mine in the northern city of Kiruna commenced production in 1898. Today, it’s the world’s largest underground iron ore mine, producing around 27 million tonnes of iron ore a year.

After being struck by a seismic event in May 2020, LKAB called in remote sensing specialist AMKVO who utilised drone autonomy and mapping solution Hovermap, to safely and quickly map damaged areas of Kiruna mine.

Historically, companies are forced to carry out this exercise manually, making notes and sketches and taking photographs where possible. As well as being dangerous, manual inspections are labor intensive, time consuming and inaccurate.

Watch the 15 minute webinar to hear from AMKVO’s Alexander Paulusson on how:

  • AMKVO were able to safely map the damaged areas of Kiruna mine without exposing LKAB personnel to any danger
  • Mapping the production drifts took only a few days, and LKAB were able to start planning remedial works within weeks of the seismic event
  • AMKVO were able to capture quality point cloud output in challenging conditions
  • Other mines in Sweden now use the Hovermap system to scan stopes and drifts

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