Kidd Operations uses Emesent’s autonomous LiDAR scanner, Hovermap, to safely map stopes. This reduces geotechnical risks, maximizing the mining rate, and maintaining safety.
Kidd Operations is an ultra-deep underground base metal mine, mining copper, zinc, and silver. Mining at 3,000 meters (9,889 ft) presents significant geotechnical challenges. The high ground stress and seismic activity limit the mining rate and the profitability of the mine.
Mining at this depth is engineering-driven and relies on accurate, timely data about the rock mass. The high-stress conditions pose significant access restrictions, requiring remote, beyond-line-of-sight stope inspections.
In 2020, they deployed Hovermap, an autonomous LiDAR scanner, which was able to fly a drone beyond-line-of-sight into inaccessible stopes. Hovermap has the ability to capture accurate, high-resolution point cloud data.
Remote inspections improve safety for personnel and the quality and timeliness of geotechnical data needed to operate the mine. Further benefits include:
• Rapid access to data
• Enriched understanding of the rock mass
• Collaboration and data sharing
• Improved safety for personnel
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