The mining industry uses many geospatial data technologies to aid in environment visualization, including the following software types:

  • Three-dimensional modeling: 3D modeling technologies generate life-like impressions of mines using depth perception to reimagine these environments and help companies better understand them.
  • Virtual reality: This type of mining technology creates an artificial environment using real-life data to immerse miners and prepare them to take on new mining environments.
  • Augmented reality: Augmented reality technology overlays digital imagery onto a real environment by using computer-generated materials, such as video, sound, graphics, and applications. Mining companies use this technological concept in virtual simulators to train miners and reduce equipment costs.

When the mining industry uses these spatial data technologies, it gains more significant insights into mine systems at a lower cost with minimal environmental impact.