Graphical user interface (GUI)

Here we explain the function of each element of the graphical user interface in Rock Mapper. Simply hover your mouse over the blue markers to get more information.

1. Main Page

When opening Rock Mapper for the first time, this page will be empty. As soon as you start mapping underground blast faces, then they will appear on this page. They will be sorted from youngest (upper left hand corner) to oldest (lower right hand corner) based on edit date/time.

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2. Mapping Page

All geological mapping and the 3D registration of the face photograph are performed on this page.

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3. Sampling Page

Sampling is only available after face outline has been drawn and a scale bar has been set.

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4. Settings Page

4.1 General

General > Sync



After purchasing a licence for Rock Mapper you will receive a Rock Mapper ID, Site ID and password which allows to enable cloud-sync. This is needed to get full access to all georeferenced data. With the free demo version you can only share face maps as images by email.


General > Face Settings



The iPad's built-in magnetic compass is used to measure the orientation (heading) of a blast face. The value reported by Rock Mapper is relative to magnetic North (!!). In order to get measurements in geographic North the user has to enter the magnetic declination value before mapping. Note that the magnetic declination depends on the geographic location (find your magnetic declination here) and varies over time as the Earth's magnetic pole wanders.
If you are dealing with a rotated mine grid and you would like to measure the face orientation relative to it, then enter a mine grid rotation value and Rock Mapper will apply it to the face direction/heading value.


General > Reset



Delete all face mapping and sampling data or perform a 'factory reset'. Note that all information will be lost.


General > Report Fields



Add and customise fields for general information (e.g., laser offsets, survey instructions) which are then included in the sampling report and mapping report. To enter data go to the More menu on the mapping or sampling page and choose Report Fields.


4.2 Mapping

Mapping > Contacts



The user can freely set up any number of lithological contacts (e.g., Lode HW) for face mapping. To delete a contact simply swipe it to the left to activate the DELETE button. Then press the delete button.


Mapping > Structures



The user can freely set up any number of structures (e.g., faults, bedding) for face mapping. To delete a structure type simply swipe any structure to the left to enable the DELETE button.


Mapping > POI



The user can freely set up any number of points of interest (POI) for face mapping. To delete a POI type simply swipe any POI to the left to enable the DELETE button.


Mapping > Scribbles



The user can freely set up any number of scribble layers for face mapping. These are useful if you just want to draw freely onto the face photograph (e.g., arrows to indicate the sense of movement along a fault). To delete a scribble layer simply swipe any POI to the left to enable the DELETE button.


4.3 Sampling

Sampling > Domains



In the sampling window the face will be automatically subdivided into a grid (grid size defined in Project Settings, see 4.1) which can then get any predefined sampling domain assigned to. These domains are independed from the contacts that are set up under MAPPING. To delete a domain simply swipe it to the left to enable the DELETE button.


Sampling > Sample Data



Rock Mapper allows to record extra metadata for any samples. Here you can set up these additonal sample data fields (e.g., quartz %, ore type, etc). These fields are then included in the automatically generated PDF reports.
To delete any sample data field simply swipe any field to the left to enable the DELETE button.




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