The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can play an important role in fleet tracking and management within underground mines.
Over the last few years, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ has really established itself as the equipment of choice for 3D scanning in many underground mines. Its ruggedness, low maintenance requirements, ease of use and ability to quickly generate accurate, reliable 3D point cloud data on the fly has made it possible for many underground mine operators to implement regular scanning exercises as part of their overall management and control strategy.
One of the core tasks the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is commonly used for is the monitoring of the status of shafts, working faces, tunnels, rooms and stopes (especially and roofs and walls), and other parts of underground mines. However, there is also another important area of mine management in which the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can make a difference and make a positive contribution to mine control and safety: fleet tracking.
In order to operate, underground mines make use of a lot of very diverse equipment. Keeping track of every piece of equipment in the fleet is vital for ensuring continuous productivity and safety. Some of the ways in which the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can help with fleet tracking are:
- Physical confirmation of the location of key vehicles or other equipment. In some cases, these may have been fitted with specific tracking devices – 3D scanning can confirm the actual whereabouts of a piece of equipment at a specific time, confirming that the tracking devices are working properly and sending accurate location information.
- Keeping track of the location and status of vehicles and other equipment not fitted with individual tracking devices.
- In emergency/rescue situations, the most recent 3D scan can guide rescuers to the last known location of a vehicle or other piece of operating equipment – and as a result to the operator or other personnel that were known to be working nearby at the time of the emergency, potentially shortening response and discovery times. This is especially relevant in the case of items without individual trackers – but it can also provide vital information where the tracker may have been damaged in an incident and is no longer transmitting, or the signal is too faint to be easily detectable.
Contact us now to find out more about how the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can enhance fleet tracking within your mine.