May 2016
Volume 68    Issue 5

Applications of point cloud technology in geomechanical characterization, analysis and predictive modeling

Mining Engineering , 2016, Vol. 68, No. 5, pp. 18-18
Lyons-Baral, J.; Kemeny, J.


Point cloud technology is now an indispensable tool in geological and geotechnical data collection, interpretation and analysis. Openpit and underground mines of all sizes are regularly collecting point cloud data as laser scanning (LiDAR) and photogrammetry surveying devices have become affordable and the workflows fast and efficient. Past challenges of large data processing and manipulation are gone with recent technological advancements in computer hardware and software. These innovations reduce file sizes, ease rendering requirements and allow for the implementation of real-time 3D viewers and surface meshing tools. With its ability to remotely and safely, rapidly and accurately extract large quantities of georeferenced and 3D-oriented data, point cloud technology provides numerous applications to the geomechanical field. The list of uses is continuously growing. This article specifically focuses on digital outcrop modeling and digital terrain engineering.

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