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RIEGL releases laser scanners

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Global Mining Review,

Remote operation is the keyword of its time, even applying itself to the mining industry.

The VZ-i Series of 3D terrestrial laser scanners are ready to meet the demanding challenges of remote operation.

RIEGL has also presented three new easy-to-use and intuitive mining applications that will support users in their daily work, especially in critical situations. Based on reliable real-time data, necessary decisions can be made promptly on a sound basis.

RIEGL’s 3D terrestrial laser scanners can be integrated in any network infrastructure by using LAN, Wi-Fi, and LTE-interfaces, which enables fully remote operation of the scanners. With the installation of customised apps for automatic data acquisition and data processing, the user gets automatic real-time results without any user interaction.

For applications in mining, RIEGL now presents the following customised applications:

  • Slope Angle Application.
  • Design Compare Application.
  • Monitoring Application.

Thomas Gaisecker, RIEGL Manager Mining Business Division, said: “To optimise their work, the operators of mining machines need to get measurement results in real-time. Applications make this possible. The new RIEGL mining applications ensure that they get the data acquired by the scanner immediately as well as relevant, reliable and accurate deliverables to make prompt and appropriate decisions.”

RIEGL Slope Angle Application.

Using this application, slope angles are calculated automatically from scan data. Critical slope angles can be highlighted and sent to the user, e.g., the operator of loaders. The real-time information helps them to keep the slope angles of stockpiles and dump areas within the defined limits. They receive the information on a web browser on every device, which is connected to the mine network. No software installation or processing of the data is necessary. Everything is processed automatically within the application on the scanner.

RIEGL Design Compare Application

Using this application, overcut and undercut are calculated based on a given design model. While undercut is a waste of money, overcut can involves major safety risks. With the use of this application, the operation of heavy equipment such as digging machines can be optimised to streamline the mining process.

RIEGL Monitoring Application

Using this application, change detection can be calculated to a given reference scan. This allows to detect movements of e.g., highwalls long before it is visible to the human eye. The interpretation of the movements through a time series of scans allows the prediction of a possible slope failure, helping save lives. It ensures to have enough time to evacuate people and to remove machinery from the endangered areas.

Additionally, RIEGL has further optimised their software packages RiSCAN PRO and RiMINING. The new LIS GeoTec Plugin enables geotechnical analysis of scan data by providing statistical tools within an easy-to-use graphical interface. Besides the calculation of dip-direction and dip-angle of rockfaces, it allows for the analysis of discontinuities by creating pole-plots and colourising the scan-data by clusters of similar orientation. This gives specialists a better understanding of stability, joints, and faults of the analysed rockfaces.

“We are ready for the mine of the future,” summarised Thomas Gaisecker, RIEGL Manager Mining Business Division. “And what particularly distinguishes our hardware and firmware architecture is that it is open for developers. Using the provided RIEGL documentation every software programmer can develop his own apps written in Python programming language for the RIEGL VZ-i Series scanners.”

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