Mobile Underground Survey Technology: Making Mines Safer and More Productive
Modern underground mines often work at quite a hectic pace, bringing vast amounts of ore and other material to the surface. In addition, shafts are deeper and tunnels longer in many mines today than they were in the past.
For these reasons, monitoring these ever-expanding underground environments is becoming an increasingly important consideration, and mobile underground survey technology is helping to facilitate this requirement.
Keeping track of all excavated areas is important: active mine faces, abandoned areas to be re-accessed, ramps, shafts, ventilation drifts, conveyor drifts, etc. This can be a serious challenge, with so many kilometers to monitor and such a wide variety of environments. However, this type of continual monitoring is vital to ensure that the mine stays safe and productive at all times.
One of the challenges faced by mine engineers who need to continually monitor the status of their mine is the sheer length of time it takes to accomplish this task. Many try to use conventional, tripod-based scanners, which are slow and inefficient over large distances. There are much more efficient mobile underground survey devices that can scan a mine much faster than their static counterparts.
Mobile 3D mine scanners like the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ are the logical choice for performing mobile underground survey exercises in modern mines. This scanner can be easily attached to any vehicle, and then used while the vehicle is being driven through the mine. Alternatively, it could be attached to any shaft conveyance in order to scan vertically.
In both applications, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is able to generate valuable and accurate 3D point cloud data for a variety of applications, in a fraction of the time of conventional methods.