Mining Technology

Mobile underground scanners represent a significant advance in mining technology.

Mining TechnologyThe nature of technology means that it is always advancing. People who develop the technology that we use in our daily lives, as well as that which we use to make our businesses more efficient, are always looking for a better, faster and more cost-effective way to do things.

Like many other industries, underground mining has benefitted a lot from the development of new techniques and equipment that is focused on improving safety and efficiency.

For example, the increasingly common use of mobile scanners in underground mines represents one of the most exciting mining technology developments within the last few years.

Laser-based 3D scanners have been around for a few years and represent a massive improvement in the type, volume and quality of surveying data that can be gathered about the interior of mine tunnels and shafts.

This information is put to good use by mine engineers and has helped to make modern mines safer, more efficient and more productive.

The introduction of the original static 3D mine scanner represented a major advance in mining technology, but even they have now been surpassed. Mobile mine scanners can be used to gather point cloud data and form a 3D map of the inside of mine tunnels and shafts while they are on the move. They do this while maintaining accuracy levels that compare favourably with slower-to-use static scanners.

Simply put, mobile mine scanners like the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ represent one of the most exciting and revolutionary developments seen in the field of mining technology within the last few years.