Geology Applications with PhotoModeler

There are a number of applications in mining, quarrying and geology for PhotoModeler and PhotoModeler Scanner. PhotoModeler Scanner provides a very cost effective and efficient method for modeling the earth surface, cliff and exposed rock faces, stockpiles, and tailing piles.

One can extract dense point grids (similar to a laser scanner). In addition surfaces, contour lines, and measurements can be done on the resulting point clouds. With input of external control data you can georeference the project and the outputs. Far more cost effective than using traditional surveying methods!

Measuring volumes of stock and waste piles is a good application as well. This Volume Tip video shows how it is done. In addition look at the drone/uav applications page.

Examples in Geology and Mining

  • mine reclamation
  • stockpile
  • open pit
  • hydrology

While not a mining or geology example per se, this scan of a stream table to simulate erosion is related (and we don't have a geomorphology, erosion, or hydrology section in the website yet!).

This shot shows two of the project photos on the left, and then a colorized 3d view (close up below) showing the dense point cloud. Color varies by depth. On the right is a surface model (of the bottom part of the stream bed side-lit to show the depth variations).