Maptek has given its I-Site 8200 laser scanners updates, including new tools and compatibility with Maptek Sentry surface tracking and Drive continuous survey systems.

The I-Site 8200SR is a fast and accurate solution for cavity surveys. A carbon fiber boom extends up to 10 meters into a tunnel or over a void. The 500-meter range scanner can also be used for surface applications such as stockpile, shed and silo scanning.

The I-Site 8200ER has a longer range at 750 meters and provides ideal outcomes for mapping underground drives and tunnels as well as surface stockpiles.

A new backsight workflow allows survey resection by triangulating three coordinated targets to find the current real world position of the scanner.

Making Sentry compatible with the latest I-Site laser scanners means more mining operations can benefit from the system, according to Peter Johnson, Maptek managing director and chief executive of global operations. “Sentry combines laser scan data with sophisticated software to track and analyze surface movement over time. Any movement can potentially lead to failures, so early warning is vital.”

The Sentry update includes a rollback feature for easier data analysis, as well as translation and other enhancements. The I-Site 8200 series laser scanners are also compatible with I-Site Drive for continuously surveying from a moving vehicle.

“A great feature of Sentry is it provides absolute tracking. You can take the scanner away to perform another task and return it to the Sentry setup without having to start measuring from scratch,” Johnson says.

The I-Site 8200SR and I-Site 8200ER are available now.

Founded more than 30 years ago, Maptek is a provider of innovative software, hardware and services for global mining. Maptek solutions are used at more than 1,700 sites in 75 countries, with applications across the mining cycle. Maptek develops industry-leading software including Vulcan, Eureka, Evolution and BlastLogic for mine evaluation, planning, design, scheduling, operation and rehabilitation.