Feature extraction using 3D data acquired with a mobile scanning system designed for underground mining
The uGPS Rapid Mapper is a laser system mounted on a mining vehicle which acquires 3D images of tunnels in underground mines. Currently, engineers use the images for mine design and operations. This research project will create two new applications for the images acquired by the system: mapping of the geology of the tunnel walls (identifying different rock types, minerals veins and fractures) and making a tally of man-made objects (such as rock bolts, pipes and ventilation tubes). Access to geological data derived automatically from images will allow mining geologists to optimize their efforts and devote strategically their attention to the most promising areas. The inventory of man-made objects will assist in planning the development of the mine. Progress made during the project will help Peck Tech to expand the range of applicability of the uGPS Rapid Mapper.