Each year we attend several conferences related to our markets. If you are attending, please stop by and say hello. We look forward to seeing you!
Society of Mining Engineers Annual Conference & Expo
February 25-27, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Booth # 1004
Date to be determined
W. Conrad and A. Neuwirt; Canary Systems, Inc., Tucson, AZ
Slope stability monitoring has become standard practice for open pits, tailings impoundments, dams, and other earth and rock structures to help manage safety and operational risks. A limiting factor for the wider use of geodetic instruments, such as ground-based radar, automated total stations, and GPS, has historically been cost. Due to this, they are typically installed to monitor only high-risk areas. GPS is easily deployed and is relatively inexpensive, but has lacked cost effectiveness to be used on the same scale as radars and total stations. In order to increase the affordability and thus the scale of GPS monitoring, a low-cost unit has been developed that integrates a L1 single-frequency GPS receiver, battery charger, microcontroller for system measurements and control, and a wired/wireless Ethernet adapter module. The unit reports internal system measurements such as voltage, temperature, humidity, and the status of a switch closure input which is typically used to record rainfall. As a result of the development of this product, GPS monitoring will better compliment other geodetic instruments and enable the monitoring of lower priority, but still important infrastructure.
Canadian Instiute of Mining 2018 Convention
May 6-9, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Booth # 1608
Date to be determined
Capabilities of Effectively Managing Geotechnical Risks Through an Integrated Monitoring Solution
W. Conrad and A. Pascu; Canary Systems, Inc., Tucson, AZ
Large quantities of data from diverse sources are pouring into management offices by the hour, minute, and second at underground mines across the world. Sites must be able to effectively use the information to comprehend mining conditions and manage risk to secure the safety of man, machine, and property. Modern integrated geotechnical monitoring software systems, unlike the traditional approach of generic spreadsheets and software developed by original equipment manufacturers, allow mine personnel to incorporate assorted instrumentation and monitoring applications in the review of data to identify underlying behavior typically overlooked or unknown. Automated and manually retrieved data may be combined into one platform. These systems also incorporate data reduction, verification, notification, and visual tools to provide efficient data analysis and optimize an end user’s time to allow focus towards other growing responsibilities. This paper explores the current capabilities of integrated monitoring software in an underground mining application, outlining how these systems provide an end user the ability to efficiently and effectively manage geotechnical risk.
FMGM 10th International Symposium 2018
July 16-20, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Booth # 6
Workshop date to be determined
New Trends in Data Visualizations and Analytics
Dr Paolo Farina, Department of Earth Sciences, Università degli Studi di Firenze; Geoapp s.r.l.,
Alex Neuwirt, Canary Systems, Inc.
In recent years the types and quantities of data that are available to help clients understand their operational and safety risks haveincreased tremendously. It wasn’t that long ago that automated monitoring consisted of one or two types of instrumentation such as piezometers or inclinometers. Now data may be provided by automated total stations, TDR, differential GPS, ground based radar, satellite InSAR, laser scanners, vibration/seismic recorders, environmental sensors such as rainfall or air quality, among others. This has required improving data storage systems, improving the visualization of the data and the development of near real-time analytics to understand what the data mean. Numerous vendors have been able to provide these capabilities in their platforms leading to significant improvements in the value of the information being collected and ultimately significant improvements in the clients ability to exploit more of the data to more effectively managethe risks they are exposed to. This workshop will present an overview of the advantages and challenges of data integration, a general discussion of the types of interfaces available, the use of near real-time data analytics to support the data interpretation thus providing more meaning to the data and allowing to forecast their future trends.