The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is the ideal tool for automated convergence monitoring in underground mines.
Regular convergence scanning in underground mines is a key part of any comprehensive safety strategy, but the way the scanning is performed is crucial to the effectiveness and success of this practice.
Of course, labour-intensive scanning methods are not only inefficient, but the length of time it takes to collect and analyze data also has a direct influence on its usefulness as a safety-management tool. The longer the scanning process takes, the longer it will take for potentially dangerous convergence to be reacted to.
Automating as much of the data collection as possible helps to increase the speed and accuracy (less risk of human errors) of the process.
With the uGPS Rapid Mapper™, automated convergence monitoring is made simple. Simply scan the area where convergence is expected, and then scan it again at a later point. The scans can then be automatically aligned and compared using the supplied software, ready for interpretation by engineers.
Convergence of more than 30mm at any point in the scanned area will be highlighted, allowing it to be quickly assessed and acted on by mine engineers.
The scanning process itself is just as easy. Simply attach the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ to a mine vehicle, drive it through the mine, and the scanner will create a dense, accurate 3D point cloud data map on the go, with no action required from the vehicle operator other than turning the unit on and off.
Regular performance of this type of scanning exercise creates an almost totally automated convergence monitoring process that enhances the overall safety of the mine.
Contact us now to find out more about the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ and how it can be used to facilitate automated convergence monitoring and make your operation a safer and more efficient place.