New trends in surveying technology are helping to empower mine engineers.
Engineers in underground mines have many responsibilities, including:
- Monitoring underground mining activities
- Monitoring the status of open faces, shafts and tunnels inside the mine to ensure that these are all stable, in order to make the mine safer and reduce the risk of lost productivity
- Monitoring geological formations and the general environment in and around the mine
- Overseeing construction activities in the mine, especially when these involve expanding the mine by constructing new shafts and tunnels
- Overseeing health and safety issues inside the mine
- Designing, implementing and monitoring ventilation systems that maintain air quality in the mine and reduce danger by removing potentially toxic and flammable gasses
In order to perform these and other tasks efficiently, mine engineers need access to readily available, accurate information about the status of the mine and the activities that are taking place inside it.
Sometimes, though, gathering the required data can be problematic due to the vast sizes of some mines and the remoteness of tunnels and working areas.
Recent advances in surveying technology, like the development of 3D underground mine scanners that generate accurate point cloud data, have made the lives of mining engineers better by giving them easy access to reliable data that can be easily and quickly gathered and analyzed.
This empowers them by allowing them to spend the bulk of their time focusing on their core function of ensuring mines are safer and more productive, rather than wasting a lot of time gathering data by inefficient means.
When it comes to underground 3D mine scanners, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ has no equal. This scanner represents the ideal blend of the latest surveying technology, ruggedness and ease of use.
By attaching the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ to a mine vehicle (for example an underground ATV), accurate data can be quickly gathered while the vehicle is driven through the mine at normal operating speed. Data can be gathered by a mine employee who has received only minimal instruction and training in the use of the device. This data can then be easily transferred to the engineer’s PC and used for monitoring and decision-making.