Being aware of any unexpected or excessive rock movement in underground mines has always been a vital part of ensuring mine safety, and in more recent times, a lot of emphasis has come to be placed on convergence monitoring as a key early indicator of developing problems.
Regular scanning and then the comparison of various scans of the same area is the best way to practice convergence monitoring. However, gathering the required data can present a challenge for several reasons, including:
- Some types of scanning take a long time, especially if equipment must be assembled, disassembled, and moved repeatedly throughout the scanning process.
- Scanning equipment is often too complex for existing mine staff to use without extensive training, or in some cases, it must be performed by outside people, adding expense and unnecessarily increasing the number of people underground.
- Scanning equipment and the people who operate it can get in the way of normal mining operations, leading to loss of productivity and increased safety risks.
The key to overcoming these challenges is equipment selection. Using the right scanner makes a world of difference to scanning efficiency and even making automated mobile mapping possible.
For all 3D underground mine scanning applications, the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ 3D mobile mine scanner is the logical choice. This robust, simple-to-use scanner can be fitted to an existing mine vehicle and will then scan and generate dense, accurate 3D point cloud data on the fly as this vehicle is driven through the mine with virtually no effort needed from the operator other than switching the unit on and off at the beginning and end of each trip.
The scanner does the rest, making this form of automated mobile mapping a highly efficient and hassle-free way to collect valuable data that can be more easily analysed than ever before using the recently released automated workflow for mobile convergence monitoring.
Click here to find out more about how the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ can make automated mobile mapping a reality in your underground mine.