Underground Mine Scanning with the uGPS Rapid Mapper™
As technology develops, across all industries, it is becoming important to distinguish between advances that make a real contribution to business efficiency and those that do not. Some developments may seem like a good idea in theory, but they are either impractical, or do little or nothing to make a business run better.
The usefulness of the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ has been proven over and over again in real-world underground mine scanning.
Some actual use cases in which the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ contributes to efficiency in underground mine scanning include:
- Volume calculations. Using a mobile scanner like uGPS Rapid Mapper™ rather than a slow, tripod-mounted scanner, allows for much faster data collection while providing a similar level of accuracy.
- End of-of-month measure-ups. Due to its ease of use and the speed at which it gathers data, uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can help speed up this process significantly.
- Scans performed by uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can be used to generate 3D point clouds of ore development areas. These actual results can be compared to the modelled ore body. In this way, the amount of deleted (left behind) ore and dilution (waste material in the ore stream) can be accurately measured for reconciliation purposes.
- uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can be used to regularly perform underground mine scanning that helps with the monitoring of overbreak. This helps to keep development costs under control. Comparing actual uGPS Rapid Mapper™ scans to the original CAD designs helps to identify areas of improvement.