Underground mines can be a harsh and unforgiving environment for any equipment – even more so for hi-tech, electronic devices that are sensitive to dusty or damp conditions, as well as to vibration.
The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ has been specially designed and built to survive the harshest underground environments. Barrick Gold Inc., the largest gold mining company in the world, had a hand in the development of this underground mine mapping device. The prototype was rigorously tested in several of the company’s underground mines.
All of the components making up the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ are housed inside a solid steel canopy for protection, and rugged military-grade connectors are used. The equipment is also designed to meet the IP67 standard for protection from the effects of dust and water.
Of course, eventually some components will need replacing. Many common, off-the-shelf components were deliberately incorporated in the design to simplify in-field maintenance and support.
Evidence of the ruggedness and reliability of the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is provided by the fact that the first unit to be used in a live underground mine mapping application has now logged over 100 hours of scanning time without requiring any physical support or maintenance. It’s definitely a tough piece of equipment.
Aside from its durability and minimal maintenance requirements, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is also very simple to use. No special skills or training are required to operate the scanner. It can therefore be easily operated by all surveyors, engineers, safety personnel and equipment operators.
Due to its winning combination of ruggedness, durability, minimal maintenance requirements and ease of use, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is the best choice for all underground mine mapping applications.
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