3GSM GmbH develops and markets easy-to-use systems for generating three-dimensional images of rock and terrain surfaces for assessments and surveying.
In 2005, the innovative JointMetriX3D system allowed 3D images to be taken from close range up to 1.500 m and even beyond facilitating work for data acquisition in mining and tunnelling. It cut mapping time, delivered outstanding and reproducible results, and lead to an objective data basis for the planning and construction of subsurface and surface rock mass excavations and constructions.
Its successors ShapeMetriX 3D and BlastMetriX 3D used hand-held calibrated cameras and dedicated software products that expanded 3GSM’s business to over 35 countries in all continents.
ShapeMetriX 3D is used for digital rock mass characterisation including geological mapping and is used mainly in the tunnelling and mining industry, as well as for general geotechnical engineering.
BlastMetriX 3D provides easy and comprehensive 3D profiling of bench faces for surface blasting and a dedicated blast design software.
The later developments are ShapeMetriX TBM and ShapeMetriX UAV.
ShapeMetriX TBM is the first 3D imaging and assessments system for tunnelling using a hard rock TBM. It bases on digital videogrammetry.
ShapeMetriX UAV is the all-in-one solution for surface mining in terms of data acquisition using UAVs (drones). It provides surveying, rock mass characterisation, blast design, and comprehensive documentation in a single package.
The foundation of the company in 2002 was driven by the inspiration of introducing a new standard for collecting structural data of a rock mass delivering quality not available before and leading to an interesting broadening of applications in the meantime.
3GSM – Simply Measure!