Sirovision – An Integrated 3D Mapping Solution Developed in conjunction with Xstrata Nickel for the Nickel Rim South Project

CIM Toronto 2009
John William Korczak,
Abstract The use of geological and grade block models has been standard practice in mine design for many years now, with a wide range of software available for creation and analysis. Although geotechnical parameters are of vital importance to mine planning there is very little in the way of commercially available systems for integrating geotechnical data into the mine planning and design process.

Sirovision is a new technology developed by the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) in Australia for automated, safe and accurate 3D mapping of geological and geotechnical features. Datamine has integrated this capability into its product range so that Sirovision has become an integral part of the day-to-day mapping, mine geology and geological / geotechnical modeling in both open pit and underground mine environments.

This is the first integrated underground application of Sirovision from Datamine collaboration with Xstrata Nickel at the Nickel Rim South Project. This paper discusses the role of Sirovision in collecting the raw data required for geological and geotechnical analysis and the interpretation in a quick, safe, auditable and reproducible manner.
Keywords: Geological mapping, operational improvement, geological modeling, geotechnical modeling, photogrammetry, 3D Mapping, Mine design, Geotechnical mapping, Mine safety, Sirovision
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