LIDAR GEOTECHNICAL MAPPING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF DEEP UNDERGROUND SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING LABORATORY AT THE FORMER HOMESTAKE MINE

CIM Montreal 2011
Steven Otto, Kevin Hachmeister, Carolyn Randolph-Loar, Scott Schiele, Thomas Trancynger, Randy Deibert,
Abstract A Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) is being planned at the site of the former Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, SD, under the sponsorship of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) in cooperation with the US Department of Energy (DOE). This national facility will host a variety of multi-disciplinary science and engineering experiments including physics experiments that require shielding from cosmogenic radiation. Geotechnical mapping was performed in 2010 in large excavations of the Davis Campus at the 4850 Level of the former Homestake Mine. LIDAR mapping included laser scanning using a red light laser scanner and 288 Mpixels 3600 still camera. The resulting vector map, with photographs digitally draped over the model, was used to create an accurate, virtual model of the excavations. For model verification, the laser scanning was accompanied by surveying and manual mapping of the geology and rock structure. The immediate use of the model was to perform structural analysis and interpretation of geology needed for the design of the DUSEL’s super large excavations. The second round of scanning, after the application of shotcrete to the excavations walls, will be used as a technical blueprint to assess the effectiveness of shotcrete application.
Keywords: Geotechnical assessment, LIDAR scanning, Mapping of structural geoleogy
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