ShapeMetriX3D is an innovative 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 two angles.



Figure 1: ShapeMetriX3D principle: a 3D image is computed from digital photos; it conserves the visual and geometric situation.


From the photos a 3D image is computed using award-winning software from which measurements are taken.



  • Reproducible acquisition of rock mass conditions
  • No more access problems and no pressure of time for the assesment
  • 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)

Figure 2: 3D image of 15 m wall taken in an open pit together with measured discontinuity orientations as well as identified joints sets in a hemispherical plot.



Figure 3: 3D image of 120 m rock wall with extensive interpretation of the inaccessible hazardous area as well as plot for determining the spacing of one discontinuity set.
Figure 4: 3D image of a drift tunnel in a deep underground mine together with a sectional view.

Figure 5: Several tunnel faces in a common representation within the software.




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