Underground mine surveying technology & equipment have come a long way in the last few years.
In the field of surveying technology & equipment used in underground mines, like in many industries, there has been a move away from the use of outdated and often inadequate instruments to state-of-the art equipment. Laser-based mine scanners are a typical example of this trend and are steadily replacing more traditional surveying equipment that relies on older technology and techniques.
When it comes to laser scanners designed for underground mining use, there are two basic options: fixed and mobile.
Fixed mine scanners (usually tripod-mounted) have been in use for several years. They definitely get the job done and generally produce high-quality 3D point cloud models; however, they are also cumbersome and slow to use. Because they have to be moved and set up repeatedly in order to scan larger areas, they are also fairly labour-intensive.
For ease of use and practicality, mobile mine scanners like the uGPS Rapid Mapper are a far better idea. They are light, compact, rugged and versatile. Mobile mine scanners can be attached to existing mine vehicles (e.g. the ATVs in use in many underground mines) and are so easy to use that they can be operated by virtually any mine employee, with a minimal instruction and training requirement.
The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is one of the most advanced, practical and easy-to-use examples of modern mine surveying technology & equipment. Click here to find out more about this leading mobile mine scanner.
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