Neptec Technologies has unveiled a new suite of 3DRi (3D Real-time intelligence) software applications for the open-pit mining industry.

Integrated with Wenco’s BenchManager, the safety application 3DRi Bench Profiler displays the face profile and warns the shovel operator of undercuts by providing real-time alerts.

The productivity and safety application 3DRi Bench Mapper automatically generates user-scheduled DTMs of the bench from the excavator.

By removing hazardous manual survey work in the pit, the application improves the survey team productivity and enables them to focus on the mine model.

The new ‘3DRi Excavator’ has three excavator-based applications to improve safety, while enhancing productivity for excavators and shovels that are used in open-pit mining.

The 3DRi Bench Profiler, 3DRi Bench Mapper and 3DRi Fragmentation applications use real-time 3D data from a single OPAL 3D LiDAR sensor installed on the shovel along with a rugged 3DRi computer.

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The computer runs Neptec’s 3DRi software toolkit (SDK) and application software.

The productivity application 3DRi Fragmentation does not need any reference scaling object and uses a 3D algorithm to determine exact rock size distribution of the bench using 3D LiDAR data.

Using the application, mining companies will be able to schedule the periodic collection of fragmentation statistics which are automatically calculated right on the excavator in a short span of time.

Designed for on-machine applications in harsh mining environments, OPAL 3D sensors include the company’s obscurant-penetrating LiDAR technology.

Through a 3DRi web interface, users can remotely schedule and configure the data outputs that the applications record automatically.

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 technology and OPAL sensors."

Image: Neptec’s 3DRi Excavator improves productivity for excavators and shovels used in open-pit mining. Photo: courtesy of Neptec Technologies Corp