Infrastructure / Mining

How We Can Help You

Our monitoring systems are used in mining operations worldwide to automate the data collection process of your sensors. The versatility, ruggedness, and reliability of Campbell Scientific monitoring systems make them ideal for geotechnical, water level, water quality, slope stability analysis, weather monitoring, ambient air quality, environmental compliance, dam and tailing monitoring, mine ventilation, equipment performance, cameras, and roof and shaft stability. Having a design that can operate in harsh remote locations—where unsafe conditions are often not suitable for personnel—and be reliable enough to keep people safe and mines open is absolutely a necessity. Campbell Scientific automated monitoring systems provide many benefits:

  • Reduced resources (work hours, fuel, safety risks) required to have personnel manually collect data from sensors
  • Increased data availability (data available 24/7)
  • Improved data integrity
  • Better worker and public safety
  • Ability to monitor critical parameters even during shutdown or long-term care and maintenance
  • Cost effective implementation of governance around environmental and safety solutions

Learn about our patented VSPECT® spectral-analysis technology at our VSPECT Essentials web resource.

Learn about dynamic vibrating wire at our Dynamic Vibrating Wire web resource.

The dynamic vibrating wire measurement technique is protected under U.S. Patent No. 8,671,758, and the vibrating wire spectral-analysis technology (VSPECT) is protected under U.S. Patent No. 7,779,690.

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To see how our systems meet your application needs, review our case studies »

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In addition to our standard systems available, many of the systems we provide are customized. Tell us what you need, and we’ll help you configure a system that meets your exact needs.

More Details about Our Mining Systems

Mining Measurement Automation Platforms

The versatility of our platforms allows them to be customized for each application. We offer a range of platforms, from the most basic device with just a few channels to expandable platforms that measure hundreds of channels. Scan rates can be programmed from once every few hours to 10,000 times per second, depending on the model. Measurement types, processing algorithms, and recording intervals are also programmable.

The measurement automation platform has a simple, yet powerful on-board instruction set. Simply choose the sensor type, scan rate, and measurement channel. On-board mathematical and statistical processing allows data reduction in the field and enables measurements to be viewed in the desired units, whether that is microstrains, centimeters per second, revolutions per minute, meters, Amperes, or inches.

The versatility of the measurement automation platform extends to control as well. Each platform can monitor and control external devices based on time or measured conditions, allowing savings in time and equipment, and warning of—or possible prevention of—dangerous conditions. These platforms are rugged enough to be used in mining sites worldwide.

The measurement automation platform can stand alone. Once it is programmed and powered, no human or computer interaction is required, although data are typic

The low power drain typically allows our platforms to be powered by solar panels and batteries. If 110/220-Vac power or external 12-Vdc batteries are available, you can use those as well. Nonvolatile data storage and a battery-backed clock ensure data capture and integrity.

Training

Campbell Scientific offers training courses that can be conducted at your location and customized to meet your specific needs. Hands-on training with our engineers helps ensure your system provides the site condition data you need today and into the future.

Sensors Used for Mining Measurements

The flexibility of our measurement automation platforms begins with sensor compatibility. Our platforms can measure virtually every commercially available sensor, allowing them to be used in different ways for a variety of measurements. For example, the following are common parameters that the sensors in our platforms measure:

  • Barometric pressure
  • Pore water pressure
  • Water level
  • Water flow
  • Temperature
  • Weight
  • Force
  • Pressure
  • Strain
  • Tilt
  • Deflection
  • Inclination
  • Settlement
  • Displacement
  • Elevation
  • Humidity

More specifically, these are the sensor types commonly used in our measurement automation platforms:

  • Foil-bonded strain gauges
  • Vibrating wire strain gauges
  • Strainmeters
  • Extensometers
  • Jointmeters
  • Crackmeters
  • Deformation meters
  • Piezometers
  • Pressure transducers
  • Barometers
  • Settlement sensors
  • Borehole pressure cells
  • Earth pressure cells
  • Load cells
  • Pressure cells
  • Inclinometers
  • Tiltmeters
  • Tilt beams
  • Stressmeters
  • Thermistors
  • Thermocouples
  • Deformation sensors
  • Accelerometers
  • Sonic water-level sensors
  • Displacement transducers
  • Linear variable differential transformers (LVDT)

Because our measurement automation platforms have many channel types and programmable inputs, all these sensor types can be measured by one device. Channel types include analog (single-ended and differential), pulse counter, switched excitation, continuous analog output, digital I/O, and anti-aliasing filter. Using switched or continuous excitation channels, our platforms provide excitation for ratiometric bridge measurements.

The following are common sensor measurement types that our measurement automation platforms are compatible with:

  • Frequency
  • Resistance
  • Voltage
  • Ratiometric
  • Current
  • Modbus RTU
  • RS-485
  • SDI-12

Communications

The availability of multiple communications options for retrieving, storing, and displaying data also allows platforms to be customized to meet your exact needs. Onsite communications options include direct connection to a PC or laptop, PC cards, storage modules, and platform keyboard/display. Telecommunications options include short-haul, telephone (including voice-synthesized and cellular), radio frequency, multidrop, and satellite.

Case Studies

South Dakota: Rock Stability in Large Underground Excavation
The Homestake Neutrino Experiment—also referred to as the “Davis Experiment” after physicist Ray Davis, who......read more
South America: Mine Tailings in Tailings Dams
Background Tailings dams are crucial components of mining operations, responsible for storing water used in the......read more
New Mexico: Meteorological Monitoring at a Mine
Chevron Mining, Inc., (CMI) owned and operated a 6.6 million-metric-ton-per-year (6.6 million-U.S.-ton) molybdenum mining and......read more
Panama: Turbidity in Mine Runoff
Water and Earth Technologies (WET), a Campbell Scientific integrator, is a water resources and environmental engineering firm.......read more
New Mexico: Cavern Collapse Alarm
RESPEC, a water-resources consulting and services firm, is currently under contract to operate and maintain......read more
Peru: Weather and Air-Quality Monitoring at Copper Mine
In 1996, Southern Peru Copper Corporation (SPCC) installed real-time meteorological monitoring stations at its various......read more
New Zealand: Coal Mine Water Quality Monitoring
High-grade coal has been mined on the West Coast of New Zealand since the 1870s.......read more
Montana: Mine Cleanup
Near the ghost town of Rimini, Montana, located in a Rocky Mountain canyon, is the......read more

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