Mine Surveying comprises all survey measurements and mapping which serve to establish and formally record geospatial information in all stages – from the initial exploration to the actual mining and the eventual closure and rehabilitation – of mineral deposits by both surface and/or underground working.  This information is critical in the design, planning, statutory compliance and safety of all mining operations.

Trail Surveys, has built a reputation delivering innovative geomatics solutions in the mining sector throughout the African Continent.  Our experience and ability to combine and integrate remote sensing survey products with engineering, hydrographic, construction and cadastral survey products enables us to deliver an unsurpassed geomatics solution to our Clients in the Mining Sector, whilst discounting both time and cost on their projects.


Typical applications will comprise the following (but not limited to):

  • Full-Time / Part-Time legal appointments in terms of Act 29 of 1996 (Regulation 17.2(a))

  • Volumetric Surveys

  • Compile & Maintain Statutory Mine Plans (MHSA) in terms of Act 29 of 1996 (Regulation 17)

  • Exploration and Planning Surveys using remote sensing and/or engineering surveys methodologies;

  • Mapping of Blasting Profiles

  • Terrestrial Laser Scan Surveys and 3D Modelling of Mine Plant, conveyors, Silo’s etc.

  • Open Pit and/or Stockpile Volumetric Surveys

  • Slope Stability monitoring surveys

  • Borehole collar surveys


We understand that every project, site and client is different – as are their expectations of the required survey deliverables.  In order to “sharpen the pencil” and offer you the most cost and time effective geomatics solution, fit for the purpose you require the survey, we would need to acquire the following information from you:

  • Location of the survey – ideally a “Google Earth Placemark” send to us in kml/kmz format

  • The purpose of the survey

  • Details on the presentation of the survey data

    • Hardcopy / Softcopy
    • CAD Specifications / Drawing Layout
    • Digital data formats required for integration into your design / cad software
  • Specific logistic constraints getting access to the specific area of interest

  • SHEQ Requirements (Induction / onboarding / PPE / Traffic Accommodation etc)

  • Schedule / Program – Should a staggered delivery be required we can work with you to provide critical data at key dates throughout your project.