Mining Applications


Fly-through of a tunnel point cloud captured by our laser scanner.

Benefits Of Point Cloud Data Versus Conventional Survey

  • Visually inspect alignment in a 3D environment.
  • Draw and model on top of the point cloud where straight lines exist to measure deviation.
  • Priced comparably to a conventional survey method with the ability to gather more data, images and site information.
  • Turnaround time is considerably less than using the conventional approach. 
  • Laser scanning provides more precision and accuracy.
  • Scan chutes, subterranean mines and above ground mines
  • Scan for cut-and-fill analysis and volume calculations.
  • Scan for equipment wear and tear. 

Precision is the key to scanning, acceptable deviation in ground-based LiDAR scanners is variant. Our top-of-the-line, ground-based laser scanner has an acceptable deviation of 1-2 mm. For accuracy comparison, aerial LiDAR scanners have a deviation from 2-5 cm and require FAA flight plans. Laser scanning is a great option to gather specific information about bulk materials and topography. We have scanned approximately 80 acres in one day with a typical data turnaround time of 3-4 business days after scan completion.

Scan data can be very large and difficult to work with. Kahuna has processes in place to provide you the information that you need in a usable and workable file size. Manipulating point cloud data is difficult and rapidly becoming its own specialized industry, Kahuna has on-staff programmers to optimize our production and better suit your needs. Kahuna primarily uses AutoCAD, but can support a myriad of different formats. Kahuna can work with point cloud data in either Leica Cyclone Format (.imp, .pts, .ptx, .ptg) or Autodesk Recap (.rcp, .rcs).