Portable scanners that are purpose-built for 3D mine scanning allow mine surveyors and engineers to build up a virtual model of the inside of a mine that accurately shows the spatial location and characteristics of surfaces and features within the mine.
Unlike some other types of fixed (usually tripod-mounted) scanners in use in underground mines, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ 3D mine scanner can generate point-cloud data on the move, e.g. while attached to a vehicle that is being driven through the mine at normal operating speed.
This allows mine staff to regularly update the 3D models of the inside of the mine. In many cases, special surveying exercises are unnecessary; the scanner attached to a vehicle will simply gather the data while the driver goes about his usual business, e.g. an engineer doing a general inspection or a foreman checking on the work activities and progress of his staff.
uGPS Rapid Mapper™ 3D mine scanning units are ideally suited for a variety of general and specialized mine surveying tasks, including:
- Mapping of geotechnical faces
- Checking the status of shafts and tunnels
- Checking the stability of slopes
- Reconciliation of stockpiles
- Surveying of blasting areas, pre- and post-blast
- Modelling for infrastructure development purposes
- Truck and bucket volume calculations
- Confirming the location of mine equipment
- General safety and productivity monitoring
Despite its comprehensive data gathering capabilities, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ 3D Mine Scanning unit is so easy to use that it can be operated by an existing staff member with minimal explanation and training. This makes it the ideal choice for underground mines of all shapes and sizes.