Modern mines operate in an environment where time wastage must be minimized. The faster processes can be executed, the more efficient and profitable the mine will be. This is not only the case with actual mining operations, where working as fast and as efficiently as possible is a given, but it is also relevant to supplementary and supportive activities like the collection of geotechnical data, including convergence monitoring, via scanning exercises.
Traditionally, scanning and 3D mapping of underground mines was a slow, laborious, and labour-intensive task that also brought with it the risk of production delays caused by scanning crews getting in the way of operations, or mining activity having to be stopped in parts of the mine while scanning was performed to reduce the risk of injury.
The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ mobile scanner changed the way many mines scan, due to its ability to generate accurate data quickly and on the move. The speed benefits of using this scanner are not limited to data-gathering, though. With the improved convergence monitoring workflow built into the software that comes with the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ underground 3D mobile mine scanner, comparing scans of the same area performed at different times requires nothing more than a few mouse clicks.
This reduces the amount of time required on arranging and organizing data– time that can rather be spent making decisions based on the data. Also, where there is a potentially dangerous situation developing, the speed at which data can be analyzed can improve the speed and effectiveness of decision-making and countermeasures.