Two unique scanner and software packages, developed by 3D Laser Mapping, are set to boost safety, efficiency and productivity for underground and open pit mining operations. The long standing SITEMONITOR software gets an upgrade with the introduction of SITEMONITOR LIVE. The scalable solution marks a major step forward in mine surveying, asset monitoring and inventory management, providing real-time data and automated reports for improved operational intelligence.
Comprising three integrated software modules, SITEMONITOR LIVE captures and manages 3D point cloud data and has been designed to be deployed in mining and quarrying environments and any other locations where bulk materials are stored and handled. The three modules, +VOLUMES, +BERMS and +SLOPES, each address a specific site problem and although available separately, can be combined on a single user interface, enabling site-wide visibility in real-time.
+VOLUMES enables site teams to manage stockpiles by data generated from laser scanners, removing the need to measure them manually, while +BERMS is an automated monitoring system that allows a site to continually assess the structural integrity of berms. Suitable for underground and open-pit settings, +SLOPES collects and compares time-series data to identify precursors that could lead to slope failure, such as rockfall and slope displacement.
The second new package, PROCESSMONITOR LIVE, provides real-time, automated measurements of underground surfaces. Designed to be deployed in underground mining, construction and tunnel settings, the unique scanner and software package provides a visual representation of surface change in processes such as sprayed concrete application, tunnel excavation and slope stability monitoring.
PROCESSMONITOR LIVE’s scanner and software interface was originally designed in response to a request from a specialist shotcrete operator based in Australia and has been used extensively by its underground mining team. SITEMONITOR LIVE and PROCESSMONITOR LIVE are being launched at a time when automated systems are seeing wider adoption in the mining sector. As Dr. Graham Hunter, executive chairman of 3D Laser Mapping, explains, the new systems aim to become an integral part of site operations: “SITEMONITOR LIVE strengthens health and safety policies, taking site teams out of potentially dangerous areas where hazards are common, whilst PROCESSMONITOR LIVE is the first real-time remote sensing platform which has been designed specifically for underground construction use. “These products offer the possibility to monitor site-wide operations in real-time. From critical slope stability alerts and automated volumetric calculations, to real-time surface measurements, these systems have been designed to capture and present data that is easy to understand at the click of a button. As a result, site managers can speed up key processes, while ensuring safety remains a priority.
Both software packages offer a real opportunity to improve not only the efficiency of mining processes, but also automate tasks which are time consuming and complex to manage and monitor. Both systems have been developed in response to feedback from customers who need to place safety and productivity in equally high regard – clients who have identified that time consuming tasks can now be automated whilst reducing cost and risk to onsite personnel.”