Vertical Shaft Inspection

Safe, accurate shaft mapping using SLAM

Rapid, safe in-motion data collection in hard to reach areas and dangerous vertical shafts for inspection or change analysis. Use GeoSLAM Shaft Surveys for 3D visualisation or further analysis. 

  • Rapid scanning – Slash survey times with easy-to-use technology. Anyone on site can map vertical shafts in minutes.
  • Specialist design – Your mining tools should help, not hinder, which is why GeoSLAM designed a purpose-built cradle specifically for lowering into vertical shafts.
  • Safety as priority – We help you achieve your zero-harm targets by providing a safe, accurate understanding of mining shafts. Data can also be collected with safety in mind, without having people enter unsafe areas.
  • Express data collation – Whether you need to process data on the go, or in the comfort of your office, our data integrates seamlessly with leading mining software. this means you can easily and rapidly create 3D models, workflows and geo-referenced datasets.
  • Save time and money – With GeoSLAM, data capture and modelling is up to 10x faster, allowing you to make informed decisions which save you costs in the long run.
  • Endless uses – Understanding of erosion of the shaft wall, view blockages in the shaft, identify hanging points for ore.

Adjust to Control

Adjust to control allows for the data to be georeferenced as part of the SLAM processing. This means all data exports will be in the right coordinates, and can be imported directly to the mine plan or for comparative analysis.

Third Party Software

GeoSLAM data is seamlessly used and integrated into 3rd party software such as Micromine, Deswik and other leading software packages. This means you can process it using the system you already have and are comfortable using.

How it works

It starts with SLAM

Using a purpose designed cradle, lower your ZEB to create a digital map of the full depth of a shaft or ore pass.

2. Process

Transfer the data to a computer, and GeoSLAM’s smart data platform, Connect, will automatically process the data.


See, and quality control your processed digital 3D data in a few minutes. Choose your preferred output format and create a full or sub-sampled set to export.

4. Manage

Use the exported data in any 3rd party system for further analysis by using cross sections, creating mesh or solids and comparing to a design.

Rugged, easy to deploy shaft mapping for safe, productive underground mining.

Lower your ZEB into vertical shafts using the purpose built cradle to understand the full size and shape of shafts or ore passes.

ZEB Go cradle

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Making shaft mapping safer, using GeoSLAM

CASE STUDY: Scanning a cavity with the ZEB Horizon

GeoSLAMs German dealer, Laserscanning Europe, were recently tasked with scanning a 70m deep cavity in a mine 500m below the earths surface. Using the ZEB Horizon on a cradle, Laserscanning Europe were able to successfully and safely capture the data, and this is their account of the job.

Location: Hattorf, Germany
Industry: Mining
Scanned: Cavity

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ZEB Horizon


 Used mostly for scanning indoors or in underground mines and caves with an IP64 rating. Can be used for applications such as construction/BIM or creating floorplans. Can be used outdoors and has a range of 30m.



Real-time processing which means you can visualise the scan as you move. Has a range of 30m and IP51 rating. Used mostly for scanning indoors and utilised for applications such as construction/BIM or creating floorplans.


ZEB Horizon

 The most flexible of the ZEB family with a range of accessories which makes it suitable for lots of different applications. Can be used to scan indoors and outdoors with a longer range of 100m. Collect data using a UAV or vehicle, or pair with a backpack and GPS antenna for precise location positioning.


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