Modern mines are all about productivity; the pressure is constantly on to yield the maximum tonnage at the lowest operating cost. To achieve this requires intense process control and improvement – always looking for better ways to do more with less.
One way to achieve this is to integrate two processes to achieve double results with little to no extra effort; i.e., a process within a process. An example of this in the underground mining context would be an integrated convergence monitoring process that yields valuable monitoring data as part of another, ideally existing, activity. In practical terms – attach a 3D mobile mine scanner to an existing vehicle, that already moves through the mine for other purposes. All the operator has to do is switch on the unit and get on with his work – less time wasted and no lost productivity due to operational disruptions. This assumes, of course, that you are using a scanner that is up to the task — one that is rugged, easy to maintain, purpose-built for underground mining and therefore, able to withstand the often harsh environments that it will be required to work in and also requires no special training to operate.
The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ 3D LiDAR scanner is the natural choice for integrated convergence monitoring. Its ability to yield dense, accurate 3D point cloud data for deformation and convergence monitoring purposes on the fly with minimal effort from the vehicle operator makes it easy for information to be gathered at the same time as other work is taking place.
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