Land and Minerals Consulting are featured as "Geological Survey Consultants of the Month" in the latest issue of "Business and Industry Today".
Here's the full text of the article that appears on the back page of Issue 280.
Business and Industry Today is proud to present its Geological Survey Consultants Company of the Month to Land and Mineral Consulting Limited.
With over 10 years’ experience, Land and Minerals Consulting Limited is a geological and geotechnical consultancy specialising in remote mapping and the acquisition of survey data by terrestrial LiDAR and UAV. Within the quarrying industry, the company trades as QuarryDesign to promote links with its associated Mineral Planning Consultancy Quarryplan Limited and has just started trading as DroneSurv for its aerial survey work outside of the quarrying industry.
Established in 2004, the company was set up by Adrian Wilkinson (Geotechnical Director) who began trading as a consultant with a plan to slowly grow the business. With steady growth over the last 10 years, Land and Minerals Consulting now has a team of 8 Engineering Geologists and Surveyors and caters to a broad range of clients.
Adrian commented: “We have a team of dedicated Engineering Geologists and Surveyors who are highly experienced in the industry. Unlike our competitors, we carry out the surveys ourselves and collect data in a way that suits the company’s purpose. We process, interpret and present the data in formats our customers can actually use making it easier for them to understand. We have recently invested in new equipment and software to make our work safer and improve data acquisition for clients.”
The use of the UAV was championed by Adrian Charters (Geological Director) who now assumes the role of the Company’s “Air Operations Director”. In addition a new surveyor with UAV experience has recently joined the team.
With geologists and surveyors working in potentially dangerous environments and coming into close proximity of heavy plant, high rock faces and soft ground, there needs to be procedures in place to ensure their safety. Land and Mineral Consulting recently reviewed its practices to identify any potentially hazards in their working practices. As a result, the company decided that obtaining rock mass data for safe quarry design and surveying in potentially hazardous areas such as lagoons, tips and stock piles was an area that needed to be investigated further and introduced new technology to ensure the safety of workers.
Adrian explained: “Our project is to use new technology in the form of long range, high definition LiDAR and UAV aerial photogrammetry to enable our surveyors and geologists to work within a quarrying environment in a safer manor.
“Use of equipment enabled us to significantly reduce the residence time of surveyors and geologists in the quarrying environment. The long range LiDAR can be used frequently from the perimeter of the quarry and the UAV can be taken off from the safety of an observation platform. The quality of the data that we get from these two integrated devices also enables our quarry design criteria to be better because the quality of the data is better. The use of this technology is enabling us to monitor slops and faces and be proactive in dealing with situations before they occur naturally.
“We have a number of clients that are already using this technology across a range of their quarry sites throughout the UK. We only see this getting wider exposure as more people learn about the capabilities of this equipment. We are committed to not just using this new technology but trying to spot the next new technology as it develops to maintain our ethos of remote and safe geotechnical, geological surveying.”
Following the company’s high end growth, they are looking to expand their customer base from the UK into Europe and have also received enquiries from Canada, Africa and the Middle East.
In terms of the company’s plans for the future, Adrian concluded: “Our aim is to continue our growth and expand our customer base. In the last 2 years we have invested in 2 UAV systems and have recently signed for a third. Our main aim is continue to provide outstanding levels of service to all our customers as well as providing the highest standards of safety measures for workers in the quarrying environment.”