Les drones au service de la sécurité au travail

Title translated into English

Drones servicing Labour security

Film: Duration in minutes

2min19 minutes


The unexploited mines in Luxembourg...it's a world to discover...

Knowing about mines is a matter of safety for everyone!

ITM's project is to film and map mines using drones without risking the safety of workers.

What is the state of the unexploited mines?

Despite prior analysis of the soil, a mine can sometimes have surprises in store.

Gradual subsidence, settling and even sudden collapse...

The use of drones makes it possible to stay out of the mine or risk areas, to detect water deposits or risk areas and, in addition, to leave the mines open for our friends the bats.

The images taken by the drone are processed to have a 3D representation of the galleries.

A computer module then transposes these images to obtain a 3D representation of the entire mine, with precise coordinates.

Drones and digital mapping of mines allow to ensure the safety of any person whose activities are related to mines, to establish safety perimeters in a preventive approach and knowledge of the environment, and to manage post-mining with full knowledge of the facts.



To ensure these assessments of civil risks, we use new technologies available on the market; we have launched a project using an autonomous exploration system by drones to do the scanning of the mines. It enables the mapping and the digitization of the area.

Drones and digital mapping of mines allow for
To ensure the safety of labour inspectors and workers
To establish new safety zones as part of an approach based on prevention and knowledge of the environment.


Virtual mapping of Mines

Mines have a long history in the Luxembourgish labour world. Linked to the mines in the past, being responsible for the post-mining era, we, the Luxembourg Labour and Mines Inspectorate (ITM) tried to link the past to the future by using new IT-tools and this in regards of putting the mine exploration in the context of our digital world.

The risks related to collapses, groundwater levels, floods, pollution, groundwater risks, gas risks, radiological risks, etc., will often persist over time and may even get worse.

Mines that were not nationalized in 1946 are generally returned to the State, and some of them are required to conduct the safety studies and work.

For the ITM, the "post-mining" period focuses on guaranteeing retrocessions and ensures safety and health at the mine entrance. Luxembourg is a small country with a very high immigration rate and thus land shortening. The rise of the square meter prices is becoming more and more important as living space is shorten and very expensive. In order to avoid mismanagement by extending the construction perimeter into hazardous zones, monitoring of the mines becomes essential.

The ideas that we want to tackle are the mapping of the existing hazardous zones, the digitalization of the existing mines, the definition of essential parameters for the risk assessment, the detection of potential risks and water sources and the analyzation of the potential for opening to the public.



Target Group

genral public - luxembourg

Contact details Editor / Production company

Inspection du Travail et des Mines
3, rue des Primeurs, lu-L-2361 Strassen
+352 247 76 289 https://itm.lu