uGPS Rapid Mapper™ Use Cases

uGPS Rapid MapperTM generates accurate 3D point cloud data from a mobile platform, allowing for large areas to be scanned very rapidly. This functionality creates opportunities for a wide range of mining applications, such as mine planning, shaft/raise inspection, geotechnical control and ventilation monitoring.

Accomplish your goals with the one-of-a-kind uGPS Rapid MapperTM Solution

ugps use casesuGPS Rapid MapperTM is the first of its kind in many ways, offering a variety of potential tunnel mapping and surveying uses that simplify and streamline solutions for your mining project. Using a fusion of sensor inputs, including state-of-the-art laser scanning technology, uGPS Rapid MapperTM generates accurate 3D point cloud data from a mobile platform, allowing for large areas to be scanned very rapidly. This functionality creates opportunities for a wide range of mining applications, such as mine planning, shaft/raise inspection, geotechnical control and ventilation monitoring.

Geotechnical Uses

From a geotechnical perspective, uGPS Rapid MapperTM has the potential to simplify and accelerate numerous processes, and there are undoubtedly many more that have yet to be considered. The mobile nature of this scanner allows for rapid data collection over long distances in a fraction of the time of conventional/stationary lidar technology. Applications such as convergence monitoring, vertical excavation monitoring, and conveyor drift monitoring are all potential use cases.

Planning UsesPlanning Uses

The uGPS Rapid MapperTM has already been proven effective for rapid open-loop mapping, demonstrating valuable surveying capabilities through its rapid generation of 3D point cloud data. Additionally, uGPS Rapid MapperTM offers a very quick and simple method for routine surveying jobs, such as development ‘pick-ups’ and ’as-builts’, saving valuable time for the surveyors and ultimately increasing the face availability of your active headings. Furthermore, this technology can provide very accurate volumetric data for vertical excavations, such as Alimak raises, allowing for accurate reconciliation calculations.

Shaft/Raise Uses

Installed on a shaft/raise conveyance, the uGPS Rapid MapperTM can be used to inspect specific areas of concern quickly and safely. Furthermore, with its optional Wi-Fi capability, a near real-time 3D model can be generated if the data collected is set to automatically dump at a convenient location (i.e., collar, shaft station or dumping pocket). This could potentially reduce the requirement for conventional shaft/raise inspections which are hazardous to mine personnel and greatly reduce shaft availability.

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Ventilation Uses

With high electricity costs for underground mine ventilation, uGPS Rapid MapperTM can provide 3D scans of unprecedented detail that will allow ventilation engineers to refine their pressure calculations. This could result in significant cost savings, as it allows for tighter ventilation design and flow optimization. Specifically for mines using Ventilation On Demand (VOD), uGPS Rapid MapperTM offers cost-savings opportunities that shouldn’t be missed.

ugps rapid mapperLooking to the Future

The possibilities are endless: picture an autonomous or teleremote robotic mobile platform, equipped with a wireless connectivity solution and other sensors (i.e., gas detection) to produce a ‘mine rover’ that eliminates the need for human presence. This would allow for safe access to hazardous environments, enable autonomous mining machines in mining at extreme depths, as well as the relaying of information from a mobile platform, simplifying environmental monitoring and localizing all at once.

We’re enthusiastic about what the future holds for our cutting-edge innovations. Join us on this journey to revolutionize tunnel mapping, and prepare to look at underground mine surveying in a whole new light.

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