Resource extraction firms today face intense pressure from low commodity prices and regulatory pressures. Operational efficiency is fundamental to sustaining sites through difficult market conditions, and data captured by UAVs can provide fundamental insights. Rapid surveying with ground control points (GCPs) allow for <1cm accuracy data capture. Automated stockpile calculation and slope grading provides invaluable real world data on operational output, as well as equipment fuel consumption costs in quarries. DJI’s software development kit allows firms to build powerful applications, such as autonomous LiDAR tunnel inspection with an M100. Such applications greatly increase not only increase safety, but also represent significant cost savings on exiting methods.