Mining and quarry operations are notorious for their challenging and hazardous environments. Steep terrains, intricate underground passages, and the potential for unstable conditions make these settings particularly unforgiving.
Autonomous mining processes allow for continued operations without the need to put humans in harm's way, increasing safety, allowing for 24/7/365 uptime, and decreasing costs due to human error. However, traditional technologies have the same single points of failure due to harsh conditions in the environment or unreliable GNSS.
Positioning in Harsh Conditions and GNSS-Denied Areas
Every inch of the road and a mining site has a unique, non-changing signature full of robust characteristics ideal for localization. This information includes details about underground structures, geological compositions, water levels, and voids, offering a comprehensive understanding of the environment that is crucial for accurate localization.
Unlike above-ground scenarios where weather conditions, poor lane markings, and lighting can impact sensor accuracy, subterranean environments are shielded from external influences. This allows GPR to provide consistent and reliable data even in dust, disruption in GNSS, severe weather conditions, and Ionospheric Scintillation.
Benefits Beneath the Surface
GPR’s system enables consistent operation in a wider range of conditions, resulting in more up-time and better fleet economics. It radically improves accuracy by keeping vehicles in their lanes while operating in complex and busy mining environments with little, or no, visual localizations.