|Mapping the future of mining|
|Saturday, 23 February 2013 10:11|
A new 3D mapping service is promising to revolutionise the way Australian miners track their assets, infrastructure, pit operations, stockpiles and environment.
Adelaide firm Aerometrex's new mapping system, aero3Dpro, can accept images taken from many standpoints - including aerial imagery from aircraft, helicopters and UAVs as well as street-level imagery - and use them to generate 3D models.
The geometry of every image is analysed and modelled to reconstruct the position of the camera, then used in reverse to re-construct the objects in the images in full 3D.
Aerometrex managing director Mark Deuter said that aero3Dpro was both an information-rich visualisation tool and an accurate measurement system.
"We can position ourselves anywhere in the model to see a photo-realistic view from that location and then take accurate measurements or volumes from that point also, to an accuracy of better than 50mm," he said.
"Once generated, the 3D models can be used for everything from Board presentations, shareholder meetings and environmental management to volume measurements, engineering and earthmoving operations.
"The models are easily updated and the capture process is quick."
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