The first is discovery of the ore body from geological prospect. Different geophysical methods such as magnetic, electrical resistivity, GPR, magnetotelluric and drones are applied to inspect the area of interest.
Mining surveying comprises lots of survey types such as cadastral (Boundary) survey, aerial Survey, location Survey, construction survey, topographic survey, subdivision survey and hydrographic survey.
Also, mining processes produce toxic waste that can result in acid mine drainage and groundwater contamination. So, performing environmental planning surveys is important to assure the lowest possible impact on the environment.