3D mining scanners take the latest navigation technology underground.
Can you remember when navigating while driving a car in an unfamiliar area usually consisted of trying to use a dog-eared, out-of-date map book or stopping and asking strangers for directions – some of which would be accurate, and some of which would get you even more lost than before?
The introduction of GPS (Global Positioning System) services and devices completely changed navigation for the average driver. With a compact GPS device in the car, it is now possible to accurately and safely find your way around cities and areas you are unfamiliar with or have never been in before.
This trend has even spread beyond purpose-built GPS devices. Now, almost every mobile phone and tablet has an app (or one can be downloaded and installed) that provides map information and, in most cases, directions or live navigational assistance.
The introduction of the portable 3D mining scanner has taken most of the functionality and ease of use of GPS devices and apps on the surface and made it available in an underground mining environment.
The key reason why GPS navigation is so useful and popular is that it provides an easy way to have up-to-date and accurate information at your fingertips. No more finding yourself on a strange road or in a suburb that was built after the ancient map book you are using was published.
Essentially, it’s all about the data! GPS systems would not be feasible if the data was out-of-date or difficult to access. Imagine trying to use a GPS service that is based on 10-year-old maps.
The same applies to using a mining scanner in an underground context. The value added by these scanners to mine engineers and managers is directly linked to how quickly and easily they are able to provide up-to-date, accurate data.
The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is the logical choice when contemplating introducing 3D mining scanners to your operation. Because this scanner can gather and generate point cloud data on the move (as opposed to static tripod-mounted scanners that take ages to gather the same amount of data), they allow for regular updating of the 3D maps showing the inside of all mine shafts, tunnels and working areas.