February

Data visualization in 3D

By Kate Sheridan

TCM Virtual Intelligence in use
Courtesy of Trimble

Between data from sensors, scans and plans, mining operators have lots of data available to them. Trimble’s new Visual Intelligence module can help teams get their heads around all that information. The module is based on Microsoft’s mixed-reality HoloLens headset, and creates holograms using actual data and models and projects them onto the physical environment. The module builds on Trimble’s existing Connected Mine platform, which consolidates several kinds of information, including production-level data, models and business intelligence. “What’s really been lacking that we set out to build was an enterprise-level platform to manage the geospatial data,” said Nathan Pugh, business area director of Trimble’s mining division. “Humans visualize things in 3D anyways, so this should make our data more accessible and easier to ingest for a wider audience.” Several major miners helped test the tech and the Connected Mine platform has generated interest, Pugh said, although existing Trimble clients who are interested may need to upgrade their systems before adding the Visual Intelligence module.



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