Automation is a business trend that has been around for quite some time now, hearkening back to at least the industrial revolution or even further back in history, but we are now seeing a wider spread and more innovative automation than in any prior era – due mostly to rapid advances in technology and improved operating processes. In the underground mining context, automation can help make the gathering of vital information simpler.
Gathering 3D vector data (or “point cloud” data) for convergence and deformation monitoring by using cumbersome, difficult to move and assemble fixed scanners is a slow process that disrupts production and exposes personnel to unnecessary risks. But, by contrast, using a mobile scanner makes the process much simpler and almost totally automated.
Of course, one of the keys to success when performing automated mobile mapping exercises in underground mines is having the right equipment. Ease of use, minimal training and operator interaction requirements, no disruption to mining operations, and the ability to gather accurate data on the move are key attributes of an effective mobile underground scanner.
The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ 3D LiDAR scanner is rugged, low-maintenance, simple to operate, purpose-built for underground mining use, and has all the features necessary to automate your mobile mapping. Just switch the unit on and drive through the mine with it attached to an existing, automated vehicle.
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