Australian mining software services provider Maptek has launched new laser scanners for underground mine operators to help improve site safety and survey productivity.
Compatible with I-Site drive for continuously surveying from a moving vehicle, the improved I-Site 8200 laser scanners feature new tools and compatibility with Maptek Sentry surface tracking.
The 500m range scanner I-Site 8200SR serves as an accurate solution for cavity surveys and can also be used for surface applications such as stockpile, shed and silo scanning.
With a longer range at 750m, the I-Site 8200ER scanner provides better outcomes for mapping underground drives and tunnels as well as surface stockpiles.
Maptek global operations managing director and chief executive Peter Johnson said more mining operations can benefit by making Sentry compatible with the latest I-Site laser scanners.
"Sentry combines laser scan data with sophisticated software to track and analyse surface movement over time. Any movement can potentially lead to failures, so early warning is vital.
"Researching ways that Sentry could function in low light led to development of an intensity-based grayscale image."
The development will benefit underground mine customers and will also improve visibility for open pit applications during night.
Sentry provides absolute tracking and its update includes a rollback feature for easier data analysis, as well as translation and other enhancements.
I-Site scanners also provide conformance reporting using I-Site Studio, Drive and PerfectDig.
Image: The I-Site 8200 laser scanners are compatible with I-Site drive for continuously surveying from a moving vehicle. Photo: courtesy of Maptek Pty Ltd.