CSIRO is Mapping the Underground

New real-time underground 3D mapping technology is being trialled by Glencore, as well as five other mining companies. It can be used to locate, steer and navigate equipment and vehicles in volatile, methane-rich underground environments. 

Arguably, the real innovation in CSIRO’s new underground mapping technology, ExScan, is not the smart laser-based scanner, but the container in which it sits.

The enclosure has been certified to International Electrotechnical Commission ‘Ex d’ standards for use in volatile, methane-rich underground environments such as coal mines. That means it has been designed to prevent the electronic equipment it houses sparking an explosion.

The laser scanner and associated software is capable of generating real time 3D maps of tunnels, walls and cavities underground where GPS does not penetrate. These maps can be used for locating, steering and navigating equipment and vehicles.

Read more in Spatial Source article. https://www.spatialsource.com.au/3d-bim/mapping-the-underground?utm_medi...

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