ShapeMetriX 3D


is an easy-to-use system to acquire surfaces with three-dimensional images.

For data acquisition a standard digital camera is used which is calibrated by software from 3GSM. With it, the area of interest is (freely) captured from at least two angles.

Dedicated software enables digital rock mass characterisation including geometric measurements and geologic mapping capabilities.



  • Reproducible acquisition of rock mass conditions
  • No more access problems and no pressure of time for the assessment
  • 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
  • Discontinuity modelling
  • Data export (CSV, DXF, OBJ


Main benefits at a glance

  • Contact-free measurement
    •  Increased working safety
    •  Measurements in inaccessible areas
  • Simply, efficient application (taking pictures)
  • Comprehensive, lifelike documentation
  • Reproducible rock mass conditions
  • Improved rock mass characterisation


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  • Mobile mapping
  • ShapeMetriX 3D - Principle

    Generated 3D model of a bench face in a quarry. The result consists of a dense set of 3D points plus the photo. Using the integrated 3D assessment tools geological mapping can be done simple and contact-free.

  • 3D model with hemispherical plot

    3D model of rock wall with measured discontinuity orientations and integrated assessment of trace sets visualized in a hemispherical plot including statistics.


  • 3D model with spacing parameters

    3D model of a rock wall with extensive interpretation of the inaccessible hazardous area as well as integrated plot for determining the spacing of one discontinuity set.


  • Drift tunnel

    3D image of a drift tunnel in a deep underground mine together with a sectional view.

  • Tunnel faces

    Several tunnel faces in a common representation within the software.

  • ShapeMetriX3D components