Development of innovative rock mass mapping techniques in underground mining
Considerable advances in geological and rock engineering mapping methods using both conventional and remote sensing techniques have occurred over the last decade. The primary objective of the proposed research is to develop the use Virtual and Mixed Reality (VR/MR), techniques in improving structural geological and rock mass field data acquisition. New uses of MR and Virtual Reality, VR, methods will be explored in combined field and office settings. The research will enhance the use of existing mine datasets both during mapping and subsequently in office data interpretation and mine design use. The internee will gain expertise in a wide variety of mine and office based rock engineering techniques including state-of-the-art VR/MR and remote sensing methods. A major benefit to SRK will be the development of improved state-of-the-art mapping techniques and optimized exploitation and communication of mine datasets through the use of virtual reality platforms and mixed reality holographic image sets.