Bigger Truck, More Muck

More and more of our clients are looking to introduce larger equipment underground. 

The immediate benefits are clear – more muck per truck means more tons per day. The real challenge is; will the new equipment fit in the existing ramps and drifts?  Answering this question impacts the overall Return on Investment(ROI) and the work to put these bigger units into full operation. Understanding the effort and cost of maintenance to move utilities, venting and any other obstacles could neutralize or delay the realization of benefits. 

At SafeSight we not only develop innovative solutions we also apply the technology we build to solve industry problems. Responding to this challenge was a perfect application of our SafeSight’s in motion LiDAR. HEAT MAP utility. 

The Approach: 

The easy part was capturing a geo-referenced scan of the target areas (Ramps, drifts and Shops. Using our in-motion scanner SafeSight is able to scan the areas quickly with minimum impact to operations. 

With a 3D model construct the next requirement is to render a model of the target equipment. The model needs to reflect load and unload configurations as well as calculate the turning radius in each instance.  

We work with the client to identify the tolerance levels for the impact assessment regarding possible maintenance points. For example this means identifying how close to “contact” would be considered as: 

  • RED = contact
  • YELLOW = within 3 cm 
  • GREEN. > 3 cm from contact

The two models are then sliced into small segments and each segment is assessed against the Client defined tolerances. 


This data will support the production of a HEAT MAP to support work order and maintenance estimates. 

Once the data is collected, our team uses utilities to overlay equipment dimensions (blue construct) on slices of the 3D model created by SafeSight’s SafeScanner. 

The result is a visual “heat map” is produced and identifies collision and near miss points. Red, yellow and green reflect proximity values set by the client. This data can be attached to maintenance work orders and used to visually confirm the details and develop estimates for remediation.

Mine Rescue Transformation

SafeSight is releasing a new innovative Drone Solution to support the transformation of Emergency Response and Mine Rescue underground and on surface.

The Scout-Emergency Response Drone (ERD) is designed to quickly provide first responders critical information to make life saving decisions and keep people safe.

The ERD allows rescue crews to rapidly deploy and gather high definition video of an incident or rescue situation. The collected video intelligence is available immediately to rescue crews and shareable with experts on surface.

“Rescue or Recovery is a fundamental decision point for any emergency or mine rescue response team. The ERD is a specific Drone Solution to support a dramatically improved response while keeping rescue crews safe” according to Isaac Paul, SafeSight’s Lead Underground Aviator. 

The Scout-ERD is designed to meet Rescue fundamentals:

  • Small and light and fitting into a custom backpack, the ERD is an easy grab and go execution for Rescue crews who are already heavily loaded with response equipment.
  • Plug and play launch capability for quick and easy deployment.
  • Critical situation and logistical data can be gathered to support decision making at the incident and in collaboration with surface support.
  • Ease of use, hover capability minimizes the level of expertise of the operator and supports operational success and data gathering. 

“We used the success of our underground scout inspection drone and insight from client safety experts to develop and build the Scout -ERD. For SafeSight, it was a natural transition in keeping with our intent to develop and use the latest technologies to make every mine site safer. With that in mind, the ERD was built to be the best solution as well as affordable to every mine” says Jamieson McCausland, SafeSight’s VP of Technology.

Dave Poulin, Newmont Porcupine’s Emergency Response Specialist, stated “we were very pleased collaborating with SafeSight’s innovations team to deploy solutions that are designed with safety in mind. They provided critical and practical operational information to our responders to ensure they can perform their activities without having to place themselves in harm’s way.”

Pleased with the accomplishment, Mike Campigotto, SafeSight’s President stated “the ERD is a powerful asset and a big step in supporting mine safety leadership and mine rescue responders. We believe this will become a critical component of the mine rescue and mine safety tool kit”. 

SafeSight continues to work diligently toward supporting the digital transformation in mining through innovation and continuous improvements. SafeSight’s ERD is now shipping globally. 

Simulated example of a mine rescue situation using a SafeSightXP Scout-Emergency Response Drone.
Scout-Emergency Response Drone in action.