We always like to take note when the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is mentioned in publications, and recently, it was featured in an article in CIM magazine. The piece goes over how surveyors at Barrick Gold have been using our technology to capture detailed scans of the Turquoise Ridge Mine in Nevada for over a year. The article also mentions that Barrick is currently working with Peck Tech Consulting Ltd. to make improvements to the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ that would enable it to be seamlessly integrated into an existing surveying system.
Right now, surveyors at Turquoise Ridge use the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ as another tool within their surveying toolbox. When they need to capture scans, they use a Panasonic Toughbook and install the product to the bumper of their tractor. After they reach the scanning area, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is then able to generate 3D point cloud data using a rapid succession of infrared beams.
Although the Turquoise Ridge Mine has benefited significantly from the uGPS Rapid Mapper’s™ current capabilities, the product is continuously evolving and has the potential to completely revolutionize their survey processes. The future is looking bright, with several step-change improvements in core functionality planned for 2016, as well as some brand new features that will allow for several new and valuable applications.
In addition to Turquoise Ridge, other mines have invested in this product such as the Stillwater Mining Company out of Billings, MT. They have big plans for the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ and are confident it will be a valuable survey tool that will eventually find its spot in their regular day-to-day workflow.
During these tough economic times, investing in innovative and valuable technology such as the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is important for mines to minimize their costs and/or increase their revenues by challenging the status quo.