Improvements to the I-Site Studio 3.3 laser scan modeling software are designed to streamline routine mine surveying tasks. Automatic toe and crest detection saves time in open pit surveys. Surveyors can easily update mine models, which can also be made available for both mine planners onsite and regulatory authorities. This builds on the open pit update tool in I-Site Studio 3.2, which allows users to scan selected sections of a pit and integrate the new data into the current pit model. A new global registration tool uses a single-step process to register multiple scans and objects together. This saves time for surveyors who previously had to match pairs of objects/data. Accuracy is also increased because fewer registrations mean fewer chances for error. This tool is especially useful with the new Maptek I-Site Vehicle System where the scanner is mounted on mine site vehicles. Another enhancement for the vehicle system allows users to register scans by back-bearing of alignment angle.
Viewing sections through laser scan data is now easier with an interactive tool that allows users to arbitrarily place and manipulate section planes. I-Site Studio 3.3 incorporates many user suggestions including the ability to label elevations on generated contour lines. Other enhancements include: Dynamically displaying the number of selected objects and primitives, language interface chosen automatically based on PC settings, and the ability for users to submit reports to Maptek directly from within I-Site Studio.
I-Site Studio is sold bundled with Maptek laser scanners or as a stand-alone modeling package. The 64-bit version has set the industry standard for excellence in graphics and modelling. Photography from multiple scans can be incorporated as part of the modeling process with rendering and animation options delivering professional quality, high-fidelity digital video output.