Controlling water levels in contained and uncontained aquifers, and monitoring the pore pressure of groundwater, usually by means of an array of piezometers, are vital parts of ensuring that any mine operates safely and does not experience productivity disruptions.
Wireless piezometer monitoring has several advantages over manual data collection and cable-based monitoring networks, including:
1. They are rapidly deployable in mines of all sizes. The wireless nodes that form the basis of a good wireless piezometer monitoring system are simple to install and can be connected to the network with minimal fuss and effort. There’s no need for skilled workers to spend days or weeks laying and connecting miles of cable before the system is ready for use; a wireless system can often be deployed and functional within a few hours.
2. Maintenance requirements are low to non-existent. With no need for miles and miles of cable that can rust or get snagged, damaged or even stolen, wireless piezometer monitoring systems require very little maintenance. All that is usually required is for the batteries that power wireless nodes to be changed every few years.
3. Accurate data is gathered at the intervals you specify and available immediately. There are no delays while personnel members waste valuable time moving around the mine using data loggers to gather data. Because the data is transmitted wirelessly to a central monitoring point, there is also less risk of some vital information not getting through due to a damaged or faulty section of cable.
The Loadsensing LS-G6 (by Worldsensing) is the ideal wireless piezometer monitoring system for wireless piezometer monitoring in all surface mines. Click here to find out more about this robust, low-maintenance, accurate system.