Tech innovation company GroundProbe has presented its new Geotech Monitoring LiDAR (GML-Underground) at the inaugural International Conference in Underground Mining Technology in Canada.
The GML is a lightweight, plug-and-play convergence monitoring system capable of detecting rock and ground support movement at sub-millimetre accuracies through the use of lasers that are impervious to deviations caused by metal obstructions, such as mesh and bolts.
Underground monitoring using traditional radar technology can face issues, as radar beams can ricochet in underground tunnels, which leads to the possibility of inaccurate data.
“The results speak for themselves,” GroundProbe VP of Marketing and Technology Lachlan Campbell said. “We have taken the best of radar — namely its precision — and added it to the benefits of laser.”
The GML-Underground promises data processing accuracy up to 170 times greater than existing technology can provide.
It is the latest addition to the company’s range of end-user tailored, open-cut and underground systems, and follows on from GroundProbe’s SSR-FX and SSR-XT monitoring solutions. The company currently employs 160 people and has radars deployed in 27 countries worldwide.
GroundProbe also received an award from the AFR as the 36th-most innovative Australian company in 2016, from a list of over 1000 entrants.