Since its introduction, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ has become the tool of choice for many engineers when they perform underground mine scanning exercises. One of the more common ways this scanner is used is for scanning tunnels, usually by means of attaching it to an underground buggy or other mobile mine vehicle.
However, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can also be used effectively inside a mine to scan all types of shafts, including:
- Production shafts
- Service shafts
- Ventilation shafts
As a general rule, the simplest and most efficient way to perform underground mine scanning of the shafts is for a 3D mobile mine scanner like the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ to be attached to a shaft conveyance. As the conveyance moves up and down as part of normal mining operations, the scanner builds up a body of 3D point cloud data.
In this way, it is possible to regularly assess the shaft itself, as well as its lining and various items within the shaft, e.g. pipes, cables, vertical guides/rails, buntons (horizontal steel beams), fixing brackets and other fittings.
A scanner can either be fitted permanently to a conveyance in order to continually scan the shaft, or it can be periodically attached, used to perform a scan, then removed and used for underground mine scanning in another shaft or tunnel.