As mines get bigger, go deeper, and become more complex (due partly to increased mechanization), there is an ever-greater demand for rapidly-available, accurate surveying data that shows the exact scope and status of the inside of the mine.
In this environment, 3D Laser Scanners are the most efficient way to take care of the underground mine mapping needs of surveyors, engineers and mine management.
Two factors present in most underground mines make these devices the logical choice for underground mine mapping:
- Underground mining requires that high volumes of material are moved from one area to another. To keep track of the productivity of the mine, it is necessary to constantly be measuring the volume of excavated material. To do this via traditional surveying methods takes a lot of time and energy.
- As they expand, most modern mines have remote areas that are harder to reach and survey if a lot of people and equipment are involved.
In both of these cases, a mobile laser scanner attached to a mine vehicle would be able to rapidly generate a 3D data point cloud that can be easily modelled and interpreted to extract the required information.
The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is the ideal choice of scanner to perform underground mine mapping in most underground environments. This scanner is:
- Rugged – Its solid construction and strong, sealed cover give it excellent resistance to dust, heat, vibration and moisture.
- Easy to Maintain – Wherever possible, standardized componentry is used, making the scanner easy to service in the field.
- Ideal for mobile use – The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can generate accurate 3D point-cloud data while attached to a mine vehicle being driven through the mine at normal operating speed.
- Very User-friendly – It can be operated by an existing mine employee who has had only minimal instruction and training