ShapeMetriX is a complete software package for geometric assessments and geologic mapping including a powerful 3D model generator. It features geologic mapping capabilities, as well as geometric measurements including volumetrics.

Photographs from off-the-shelf drones are used as well hand-held cameras including smart phones are good as input for the software.

Next to aerial imagery ShapeMetriX supports 3D model generation from terrestrial imagery and enables the application in underground environment. Main applications are in mining and tunnelling.


  • Reproducible acquisition of rock mass conditions
  • Automatic and semi-automatic mapping features
  • Measurement of position, distances, areas
  • Sectional views (cross sections), profiles
  • Measurement of spatial orientations (dip angle & dip direction)
  • Geological/geotechnical assessments
    • Discontinuity spacing
    • Hemispherical plots
    • Discontinuity set clustering
    • Statistics on spatial distribution of orientation measurements
    • Scanline mapping
    • Statistics on discontinuity trace lengths
  • Discontinuity modelling
  • Data export (CSV, DXF, OBJ)
  • Direct interface to georadar and software for geotechnical analysis


  • Stability analysis
  • Geological documentation
  • Conservation of evidence
  • Claim management
  • Stock piles
  • Site documentation
  • Volumetric measurements
  • Surveying

Main benefits at a glance

  • Increased working safety
  • Measurements in inaccessible areas
  • No time pressure
  • Simply, efficient application
  • Reproducible rock mass conditions
  • Improved rock mass characterisation


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  • Geological mapping

    Mapping of main structures in an open pit

  • Underground application

    Geological mapping of a tunnel face with the corresponding evaluation with the integrated tools including hemispherical plot and analysis of spacing parameters.

  • Rock mass characterisation

    3D model of an open pit with a detailed mapping of geological structures evaluated automatically in the intergrated hemisperical plot

  • Example of underground imaging

    Possible image setup for the 3D model reconstruction of a drift tunnel

  • Monitoring

    Slope monitoring by contour plots, profiles and area based measurements


  • Displacement measurements

    Display of radar data (IDS GeoRadar) with a colour-coded visualisation of the displacement directly on the 3D model combined with the mapping of major rock structures. Reads directly from/to Guardian software from IDS.

  • Documentation

    Wide ranging three-dimensional documentation of a mountain massif with detailed models of the debris cone allows geological assessment without access limitations

  • Quantification

    Fast and accurate quantification of stockpiles

  • Repository of 5 hectares

    3D model for volumetric measurements of a repository of about 5 hectares

  • Mobile mapping

    Standalone software that allows geological and geotechnical assessments of an exposed rock face directly on site. The software features the use of a (rugged) tablet computer and allows an easy handling and mapping even under unfavourable weather condition and/or rough terrain.