Mining Apps

Remote Operation is the keyword of our 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 presents three easy-to-use and intuitive mining apps 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 smoothly 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 customized apps for automatic data acquisition and data processing, the user gets automatic real-time results without any user interaction.

For applications in mining, RIEGL presents the customized apps:
Slope Angle App, Design Compare App and Monitoring App

To optimize their work, the operators of mining machines need to get measurement results in real-time. Apps make this possible. The RIEGL mining apps 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 App

Using this app, 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 app on the scanner.

Fig. 1: Screenshot of the web browser interface: Critical slope-angles of more than 70° are highlighted in pink in this example. Markers can be set interactively to monitor these points over a time-series of scans.


RIEGL Design Compare App

Using this app, 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 app, the operation of heavy equipment such as digging machines can be optimized to streamline the mining process.


Fig. 2: Screenshot of the web browser interface: Threshold values and color tables can be set by the user absolutely flexible.


RIEGL Monitoring App

Using this app, 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. It ensures to have enough time to evacuate people and to remove machinery from the endangered areas.


Fig. 3: Example slope failure area: By sliding through the timeline of acquired scans movement trends can be detected with enough lead time to evacuate the endangered areas before the slope failure take place.



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