A will-it-fit analysis is often used as a precautionary check during or after underground excavation work to ensure that the real-world situation lines up with the planning/design theoretical data.
In a recent case, a customer of ours was preparing an underground excavation for a fuel tank farm. As a precaution, the customer wanted to ensure that the tanks would actually fit in the excavated area before making the decision to move them underground.
A uGPS Rapid Mapper™ mobile mine scanning unit was used to quickly generate a 3D point cloud model of the area. Surprisingly, this data showed the engineers that there was a choke point in the excavation that needed to be widened before the tanks would fit properly.
As a result of this precautionary scan, the engineers were able to fix the problem in the excavation before starting to move the tanks. This allowed them to avoid delays and the associated costs that would have occurred if the tanks had been moved prematurely.
This example shows just how valuable mobile mine scanning units like the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can be in a variety of situations. The data provided can prevent mistakes that could lead to safety issues, loss of productivity, construction delays and extra costs.
Because data-driven will-it-fit analyses are so valuable in underground engineering and mining, Peck Tech Consulting Ltd. (developer of the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ mobile mine scanning unit) is sponsoring a 1st year engineering project run by the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.
The purpose of the project is to find new and novel ways to use data generated by mobile mine scanning units, particularly when it comes to performing a will-it-fit analysis that allows problems to be fixed as soon as they are noticed and before their impact escalates.