Mine operators wanting to implement a piezometer monitoring system to keep track of the behaviour of standing and ground water within their mine are often faced with the choice of opting for a wired or wireless system.
Wireless piezometer monitoring systems offer several benefits over their wired counterparts, including:
- Reliable, easy access to useful data. Without long runs of cable strung all over the mine to get damaged, snagged, stolen, or compromised in any other way, wireless piezometer systems are more reliable than their cabled counterparts.
- Rapid deployment. Because there is no need for skilled workers to spend a lot of time installing and connecting the kilometers of cabling and associated infrastructure required by wired piezometer monitoring systems, wireless systems can be deployed much faster (often in a matter of hours vs. the several days (or even weeks) required to get a cabled piezometer monitoring system up and running.
- Minimal maintenance. With a wireless piezometer monitoring network, there is no need to check and maintain miles and miles of cabling. If a well-made wireless node (like the LS-G6 system by Worldsensing) is used, there is also not much maintenance required, as these items are rugged and long lasting, and they are generally battery powered. In most cases, maintenance simply consists of a battery change every few years.
When it comes to connecting an array of piezometers to your mine’s piezometer monitoring network, the LS-G6 system by Worldsensing is the logical choice. This simple, easy-to-install wireless node can connect to up to 5 piezometers at a time and is battery powered (change batteries every 7-10 years).