GroundProbe Launches GMS
Innovative Laser Technology for open cut Mines and Dams
Innovator Left to Right:
Lachlan Campbell, VP Marketing & Technology, GroundProbe
Warren Schroder, Director, Designworks
Benny Chen, Product Innovation & Commercialisation Manager GroundProbe
James Usherwood, Product Development Manager, GroundProbe
Fernanda Carrea, Product Manager, GroundProbe
Australian-based, yet a truly multinational business, GroundProbe evolved from an industry-funded PhD project at the University of Queensland in 1993 to the leading global technology leader it is today. Established in 2001, GroundProbe has rapidly grown to become a leading provider of safety solutions to the global mining industry.
GroundProbe serves major mining companies in over 29 countries, and has offices in Australia, North and South America, Asia and Africa. The company employs over 160 staff and 50 support technicians, globally. With a core focus on making mining safer and more productive, GroundProbe’s state-of-the-art technology has detected more than 900 wall failures, and has been awarded with national and international recognition awards for its international product design, innovation, growth, and industry excellence.
GroundProbe’s Geotech Monitoring Station (GMS) received the prestigious Good Design Award® Best in Class in the Product Design category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation. The award was won by GroundProbe and their industrial design partner, Designworks. The GMS was also a Good Design Award® of the Year Nominee.
The Good Design Awards Jury commented – “The GMS system was developed with the user at the forefront of the design process. By conducting visual inspection remotely the product offers safety not available with any product currently on the market. The design is simple but highly effective and ideal for use in the open-cut mines. This product has the potential to save lives and provide reassurance to workers. Beautifully integrated UX workflow and remote access to the mine site is very clever and effective. The industrial design is considered and highly professional. Clever use of low cost metalwork powder coated with interesting angled shapes on the tripod provides a lovely robotic aesthetic which looks great while keeping the cost low. Everything about this product is exceptional and the design team should be extremely proud of the outcome“.
The winners were presented with the new sustainably designed Good Design Award trophy in Sydney. Special guest, Jan Utzon (son of JornUtzon, who designed the Sydney Opera House) presented the Good Design Award® of the Year on stage and congratulated all of the 2018 Winners.
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The Geotech Monitoring Station (GMS)
LONG-TERM, BACKGROUND MONITORING
The GMS System (Scanner Head and Tripod)Designed as a long-term, background monitoring tool, the GMS (Geotech Monitoring Station) monitors vast mine areas for long periods of time of many months to many years. It specialises in background monitoring in open cut pits and highly vegetated slopes, and detecting and measuring deformation on tailings dams, dumps and cuttings.
The GroundProbe solution detects movement early to warn of impending collapses of open pit mine walls, dams, mine dumps and vegetated slopes, that can begin many months or years before the collapse occurs.
The Geotech Monitoring Station (GMS) is a step change fromtraditional total stations that rely on mirrored prisms to be attached to the slope.The system can scan these points, but can also reflect its laser signal directly off the rock without the need for prisms; reducing the need for a dangerous industry practice.
The GMS is able to achieve excellent ‘virtual point’ precision by applying GroundProbe’s patented radar processing techniques to a long-range laser.
The GMS conducting monitoring from within the GMS Shelter
“With capabilities well beyond that of typical robotic total stations, the GMS is a complete-end-to-end intelligent monitoring solution with smart data capture, processing and analysis,” said Lachlan Campbell, GroundProbe’s VP Marketing and Technology.
“The GMS, and the prisms and points it monitors, complements our Slope Stability Radar suite to provide a complete monitoring strategy for our customers, allowing them to better manage risk, increase productivity, and ensure maximum safety.”
“Automatically visualising data and heat maps on high-resolution photos, or in 3D, sets the GMS apart from existing solutions, which often force users to view data in a table rather than more intuitive visualisations.
“The GMS’s integration with GroundProbe’s SSR-Viewer software solves these shortcomings.”
The dual camera imaging capabilities of the GMS, wide-angle and telescopic, permits users to precisely see and control the locations of points in real-time whilst providing the ability to conduct remote visual inspection.
The GMS deployed with real-time monitoring and viewing of data occurring at the system.
• PRISM AND PRISMLESS MONITORING
• REMOTE VISUAL INSPECTIONS
• DUAL CAMERA IMAGING
• BEST-IN-CLASS SOFTWARE
• ACCURATE POINT MEASUREMENTS
• FLEXIBLE POINT SELECTION AND INTERLACING
• AUTOMATIC GRID SCAN
• AUTOMATIC PRISM COLLIMATION
• MONITORING NEVER STOPS
• LARGE SCANNING CAPABILITIES FOR LARGE AREAS
• LONG-RANGE MONITORING CAPACITY
• MULTI-SENSOR MONITORING
• DATA AND IMAGE CO-REGISTRATION