Many mine operators are moving away from more conventional, static, tripod mounted scanners in favour of mobile underground survey equipment. This shift away from more traditional equipment to more cutting-edge technological solutions in an underground mining context is essentially part of a broader trend in business (and society in general) that is placing more focus on speed and accessibility, and that is being enabled and fueled by advances in technology.
It wasn’t that long ago that the best way to communicate with people who were not in the same room was via landline telephone oebkrz1. However, in recent times there has been a move towards mobility in communications and other tasks in our society. This trend has revolutionised many industries and fundamentally changed and improved the way some essential activities are carried out.
In a similar way, there has been a shift in focus in the underground mining world, too– away from fixed scanners that must be stripped, moved and reassembled in order to cover different areas of the mine. Mobile underground survey devices, like the uGPS Rapid Mapper™, offer easy portability and rapid mobility.
Having the ability to quickly and efficiently carry out accurate mobile underground survey scans makes the job of monitoring the status of all parts of an underground mine, and the activities that take place in the mine, a lot easier and more efficient for the responsible engineers.
In essence, mobile underground survey scanners can be thought of as the top-of-the-range mobile phones of the underground mining industry, whereas fixed scanners are the land lines.
The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ 3D laser scanner is rugged, easy to use, has very low maintenance requirements and has the ability to generate valuable and accurate 3D point cloud data on the move, e.g. while attached to a vehicle being driven through the mine (horizontal scanning).