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Mapping Asia’s Biggest Copper Mine Using a UAV

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

In early May 2018, the Czech company UpVision used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to map a copper mine in Mongolia – the largest in Asia – as part of an ongoing Czech geological expedition at the site. More than 10 square kilometres of the mine and its surroundings were mapped using the MaVinci Sirius unmanned aircraft.

UpVision has been using the MAVinci UAV for similar missions for more than five years, in particular due to its suitability for flying in difficult terrain, manual flight mode and the possibility to repair the UAV directly on site if necessary.

Before take-off unmanned aircraft

The main geospatial output of the mapping activities was a detailed digital surface model (DSM), which serves primarily for geological purposes, in the form of a textured cloud comprising several hundreds of millions of points in a local coordinate system. Another output was a current orthophoto in different image resolutions. Since the hilly terrain made it difficult to create flight plans for the UAV to map in terms of overlapping and image resolution, the entire mine was mapped in high density by conducting multiple mapping flights at different heights and with different image resolutions to ensure detailed mine coverage.


UAV unique mapping Prague Castle area

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Czech company UPVISION (all services with unmanned aerial systems) as the first in the Czech Republic carried out a detailed mapping of the Prague Castle – the residence of the Czech President.

St. Vitus cathedral with UAV

UAV during mapping St. Vitus cathedral (UPVISION)



Thermal mapping highways and bridges in Czech Republic by UAV

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Czech company UPVISION (the largest unmanned aerial system company in the Czech Republic) in collaboration with The Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic (RSD), conducted in September 2014, thermal mapping and damage control decks on the highway D3, namely the closed sections of the bridges Koberný, Čekanice and 10 km section of higway.


Hexacopter with thermal camera, Jakub Karas on the left (UPVISION)


UAV mapping of the landslide on the highway under construction for geological survey in Czech Republic

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

At the end of May 2014 was conducted by UPVISION (the largest unmanned aerial system (UAS) company in the Czech Republic) using unmanned aerial vehicle, complete monitoring landslide at highway D8 ​​, where is now completing the geological survey.


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