Abstract

Laser scanning has proven useful in the stability assessment of underground openings. High accuracy points captured are used to generate 3D surface models to evaluate their stability by assessing rockmass structural features. A series of scans obtained from underground ancient quarries in Paros Island were processed. The structural analysis of the openings was complemented by field observations and measurements, serving as input parameters for numerical software used to evaluate the potential failure mechanisms and overall stability. Blocks with higher risk of detaching are encountered mostly at tunnel portals where support is required to secure unstable blocks to preserve this geotope.

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