Mining technology is more advanced than ever before. Through the strategic implementation of new technologies, best-in-class mines have improved all aspects of mine performance.Inspired by this mining technology revolution, we recently launched a revolutionary mobile mine scanner, known as the uGPS Rapid Mapper™, which is poised to revolutionize the underground mine surveying process.
As the name suggests, the uGPS Rapid Mapper is built for speed and is able to provide quality 3D data in a fraction of the time needed for conventional scans. This system is a mobile laser scanning platform that can scan underground environments,providing high quality 3D point cloud data for applications such as rapid development pick-ups, volumetric analyses and even shaft monitoring.
The device itself consists of:
- Two planar laser scanning sensors
- Ethernet and Wi-Fi data transfer capabilities
- A software module that can convert raw scan data into a three-dimensional point cloud
This sensor is highly versatile and was purpose-built for underground mining environments. All components are sealed against dust and moisture, and the device can operate in a wide range of operating temperatures (from -30°C to 60°C). Additionally, the uGPS system is not only easy to use, but easy to install– it can be mounted on a standard 2 inch receiver hitch and only requires one cable for power.
The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ has two operating modes: open and closed loop. Open loop mapping requires zero pre-work and can be performed within minutes right out of the box. Recent estimates have shown scan times can be up to 50 times faster as compared to stationary scanning for similar use cases. Furthermore, in closed loop mode, the scanning accuracy can be improved and the data can be georeferenced to mine coordinates by using registered RFID tags installed at points of known location throughout the scan area.
For more information about the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ product and the opportunities it could offer for your operation, contact us today.