Neptec launches stockpile monitoring software for mine operators

5 May 2015 (Last Updated May 5th, 2015 18:30)

Neptec Technologies has launched a stockpile monitoring software for the mining industry.

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Neptec Technologies has launched a stockpile monitoring software for the mining industry.

Called 3D Real-time intelligence (3DRi), the application monitors stockpile levels and reports volumes using OPAL laser scanners installed around a cluster of stockpiles at the mine.

Designed with the capability to operate in adverse and dusty environments, the OPAL scanners do not need any special, air-conditioned or heated enclosures, the company said.

3DRi performs 3D data processing at the point-of-collection to calculate stockpile volumes, thereby eliminating the manual acquisition, transmission and post-processing of 3D point cloud data sets.

The technology is said to allow users to remotely schedule scanning events, define individual stockpiles in a cluster and customise the automatic reporting, including simple volume reports, point cloud grid and surface files for individual stockpiles.

"Our customers are asking us for 'more information, less data' and that is what we continue to focus on."

The results can be exported to mine planning software or enterprise-level mine information systems.

Neptec Technologies CEO Mike Sekerka said: "Our customers are asking us for 'more information, less data' and that is what we continue to focus on as we roll-out more productivity and safety applications based on our 3DRi software development kit and OPAL sensors."

Last year, Neptec formed a joint venture with Peck Tech Consulting to offer the global mining market sensor-driven automation products and services.

Peck Tech Consulting president and CEO Dr Jon Peck said: "Stockpiles inventories are a key financial metric for a mine.

"An automated, accurate and consistent way of getting this information has huge value to mine operators."


Image: 3DRi allows users to remotely schedule scanning events and define individual stockpiles in a cluster. Photo: courtesy of Neptec Technologies Corp.