Emesent High-Resolution, Accurate 3D Point Clouds for the Mining Industry
Emesent offers the latest laser scanning and autonomous mining technologies to enhance operations, ranging from surveying to mine management.
When light detection and ranging (LiDAR) is combined with simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM), as well as advanced autonomy, your team can quickly deliver geological and operational details with increased safety.
Whether you are walking through your site or sending an autonomous vehicle into unsafe and inaccessible areas, our solutions make fast work of mine digitisation.
Complete 3D scans for mining applications
Accurate and fast 3D measurement begins with our unique scanning hardware. Traditional LiDAR scanners rapidly rotate multiple laser range finders around a single plane. This arrangement works well for applications focused on a particular orientation such as the vertical orientation of a LiDAR ‘puck’ in the aerial survey of simple terrain.
Emesent introduces a secondary axis of rotation for enhanced scans. Instead of a limited band of 360⁰ data, we unlock a full, spherical, three-dimensional world of data.
Accurate mobile scanning capabilities
Continuous scanning uncovers detail in areas previously obscured by shadowing and gives you the complete picture.
Emesent achieves highly accurate scans through the fusion of movement data with feature detection while scanning in all directions.
Mining operations teams can now explore and assess a range of geological features and changes within the mine that were previously unimaginable.
LiDAR scanners for autonomous drone control
The Emesent drone does not simply carry the LiDAR scanner as a passive payload. Scanning data is used in real-time to support your mission.
The continuous and complete 3D scan of the environment gives the drone flight controller the ability to implement a range of unique, autonomous features.
Even the most experienced drone pilots will benefit from Hovermap™’s enhanced stability and the unique Virtual Elliptical Shield (VESH) system. These Autonomy Level 1 (AL1) features allow the pilot to focus on gathering a fast and accurate scan while keeping the asset safe. A stable drone that is aware of obstacles in all directions is optimal for any drone operator.
Autonomy Level 2 (AL2) features build on AL1 foundations to make it even easier to fly and scan in difficult mining environments. Flight planning waypoints can be set in a variety of ways using the intuitive user interface.
Waypoints can be set pre-flight based on prior scans or added during the flight as the point cloud is captured and streamed back to the operator.
Waypoints can even be set into unknown areas with the drone intelligently exploring ways to safely reach that waypoint while continuing to scan.
Hovermap for GPS denied environments
Capturing detailed survey data at your mine site typically involves areas where GPS is simply unavailable. Whether you need to capture survey data around above-ground infrastructure, indoors or underground, the Emesent Hovermap system keeps you flying safely.
GPS-denied flight is a core component of what makes our solution unique.
Real-time feature extraction from LiDAR data creates a detailed, local positioning system, which delivers safe and reliable flight.
The loss of a GPS signal should not mean the loss of a valuable drone investment or a return to slower and unsafe survey methods.
On-site point cloud processing and delivery
As soon as scanning is complete, you can download data for processing.
Processing is quick and easy with our desktop software installed on your PC. In as little as a few minutes, your point cloud is ready for import into your preferred survey data or mine management software.
Scans can quickly be processed on-site with no internet connection required, so end-users can immediately start assessing detailed rich point clouds and coordinating with your team.
Emesent’s operations and support team are here to help you get scanning quickly. Our international partner network offers further backup to our users around the world. We will get your team trained and competent in each step of the process for the collection and processing of detail-rich 3D point clouds.
We know that once your survey and operations teams see a demonstration, you won’t want our system to leave your site.
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