Maptek has released I-Site Drive to allow for faster and more accurate stockpile volume reporting on mine sites.
The new program works by continuously acquiring data with laser scanners mounted on moving vehicles, allowing surveyors to quickly measure stockpiles for reporting, and the comparison of daily and weekly volumes, slashing the time needed for data collection and minimising interruptions on site.
The system allows for more flexible options, letting operators use the one laser scanner for tripod, vehicle-mounted stop-go, rail, or hatch-mounted survey, and continuous survey.
"The Inertial Navigation System (INS) installation in the custom vehicle mount is the key to survey efficiency; it allows the laser scanner to acquire data continuously and automatically assigns real world coordinates to the data, ready for processing," Maptek stated.
Maptek manager of laser imaging systems, Athy Kalatzis added: "‘Accurate stockpile reconciliation is easy using I-Site Drive. The same laser scanner handles stockpile volumes, road and pit surveys, pit updates, face mapping and silo volumetrics."
"Stockpiles are currently measured by driving around the perimeter with a vehicle-mounted GPS. Volumes are then extrapolated by projecting the angle of the GPS string from the base.
"I-Site Drive links the laser scanner directly with GPS to generate the stockpile profile as it is circumnavigated. The volume is accurately calculated without estimating or inferring from unknown points."