Ashraf Afana

UK-based Laser scanning specialist 3D Laser Mapping has commenced a research project in partnership with UK’s Durham University to improve safety and operational efficiency in the global mining industry.

The project, which has received a multi-million pound government grant, seeks to develop new models for slope failure monitoring.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), like the one between 3D Laser Mapping and Durham University, help enhance the competitiveness and productivity of companies through the better use of the knowledge, technology and skills that exist in UK colleges and universities.

3D Laser Mapping executive chairman and founder Graham Hunter said that KTP supports innovation led partnerships between commercial organisations such as 3D Laser Mapping and academic institutions like Durham University, as well as external stakeholders such as the Technology Strategy Board.

"By utilising the recently gained knowledge and expertise of our KTP Associate we can build on our existing mine monitoring solution SiteMonitor and incorporate the latest principles and innovations from academic research," Hunter said.

As a part of the programme, KTP associate Ashraf Afana from Durham University will join the 3D Laser Mapping team and will work on a three year placement on the integration of full waveform (FW) data processing into the ‘SiteMonitor’ product.

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Afana, who has a PhD in Fluvial Geomorphology from the University of Almeria in Spain, will be working in a technical position, developing and implementing a slope monitoring system that uses strain-rate based failure modeling.

The associate will work closely with 3D Laser Mapping’s research and development division and will carry out project work with some of the world’s major mining companies.

This partnership has received funding from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme (KTP), the Technology Strategy Board, as well as other government funding organisations.

Image: As a part of the research programme, KTP associate Ashraf Afana from Durham University will join the 3D Laser Mapping team. Photo: 3D Laser Mapping.

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