Laser scanner donated to digital mining lab

November 12th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Maptek has donated an i-Site 8800 laser scanner to the Wits DigiMine, forms part of the Wits Mining Institute (WMI), in November 2019. The scanner is not only useful for geospatial applications such as surveying, but also for geotechnical engineers in monitoring and other uses.

Maptek’s Vuma Lazola Nokwe, Ayanda Njotini and Nick Venter with the donated laser scanner.

The DigiMine and WMI prides itself on its industry partnership with leading organisations, for which it has criteria to ensure it fits with the institute’s mission of creating the underground mine of the future, which it considers to be digital and safe in nature.

Maptek is a long-term partner of the WMI and was one of its first partners. The company has previously created a digital model for fly-throughs for the institute. The WMI hopes to integrate the scanner into virtual reality and other mine safety applications, and will be receiving training from Maptek in January 2020.

The i-Site 8800 laser scanner, which was announced in 2010, and is a long-range scanner for stockpile volumes, pit surveys and mapping. Its 70 MP integrated panoramic digital camera provides automatic colourisation and texture data for scans. The scanner also features an automatic tilt compensator, motorised alignment telescope, and long-life battery.

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