LiDAR Magazine Vol. 6 No. 6  - Copyright 2016 Spatial Media - Article by Brent Gelhar

For centuries, mining has been one of  Morocco’s most practiced economic activities.The strongest point of Moroccan industry is phosphate mining. Producing 30 Mt of phosphate rock, Morocco may possess over half of  the world’s reserves of phosphate.

Since 2014, the large Moroccan engineering firm, ETAFAT has deployed mobile mapping laser scanning (MMS) using Siteco Informatica’s MMS Road-Scanner for the evaluation of stockpile volumes of Moroccan phosphate mines.
Established in 1983, Etafat is a leading company in Morroco in the geomatic fields. A very special attention was paid to the company’s equipment with innovative technologies.

Data acquisition speed using the mobile mapping system has exceeded deadlines and efficiency expectations in terms of all performance parameters. Point clouds are most representative of the actual field conditions compared to surveys only using GPS, and volume calculation has delivered the required accuracy.
Thanks to this methodology ETAFAT has shown their ability to face the most advanced technological challenges of the Geomatics industry.

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