World-first laser scanner trialled by Glencore

CSIRO engineers have developed a world first “flameproof” 3D laser scanning device that can “see things our eyes cannot” by transmitting a full panoramic view of an underground coal mine in real time.

The ABC is reporting the device, called the ExScan, is set to revolutionise the industry, allowing miners to leave the coal face and manage longwall operations remotely from a control centre above ground.

This form of “intelligent mining” is currently being trialled by Glencore at its Oaky Creek mine site between the mining towns of Tieri and Middlemount in central Queensland.

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