Silixa Discusses Benefits of Distributed Sensing-Based Geotechnical Monitoring
Silixa provides clients with a suite of integrated distributed fibre optic technologies with high-fidelity datasets to help get actionable insights into geotechnical processes while solving mission-critical operational challenges.
In light of this service, in a recent post, the company explains the benefits of distributed sensing-based geotechnical monitoring systems that incorporate automatic procedures for data acquisition and elaboration.
Distributed sensing is a disruptive technology that facilitates a spectrum of applications in structural and geotechnical monitoring sectors. Among the different methods, distributed fibre optic sensing solutions are implemented widely in in-situ applications for continuously sensing and measuring the external physical parameters distributed along the geometric route of an optical fibre.
The distributed nature of the measurements implies that a single optical fibre cable functions as a sensor array system with many measurement points. The aim is to simultaneously survey the entire fibre path and precisely collect data from undetermined depths.
Silixa highlights the unparalleled benefits of distributed fibre optic sensor technology over conventional point-wise and electrical measurement-focused monitoring systems. A high-end distributed monitoring system can deliver a reliable platform to help efficiently monitor water seepage (whether induced or from natural seismicity) and ground and structural movements.
Silixa claims with its DAS, DTS, and DSS monitoring systems in action, the spatial distribution and change data of the measured physical parameters in a site can be collected over time. Its comprehensive spatial and temporal coverage enables operators to pinpoint potential failure events before they take place, thus helping mitigate risks.
Silixa’s cloud-based real-time distributed monitoring solution enables wireless communication and autonomous data acquisition for minimising on-site human involvement. Furthermore, the platform can be configured as an automatic alarm system for improved safety.
Additionally, Silixa’s fibre optic sensing systems can operate optimally in remote or harsh deployment conditions enabling easy remote operation and configuration–no on-site power is required. The result is improved maintenance and monitoring of infrastructures and prevention of geological disasters such as landslides, ground fissures, land subsidence, and surface collapse.
According to Silixa, features like distributed monitoring, long-term stability, low-operational power requirement, extensive spatial coverage, and reliable response in static and dynamic regimes make its distributed fibre optic-powered tools a cost-efficient solution to complex geotechnical challenges. Due to such systems involving no moving or electrical components, the maintenance and operation costs reduce significantly.
Founded in 2007, Silixa is an award-winning provider of integrated distributed acoustic, temperature and strain sensing-based solutions. Learn more about Silixa by visiting https://silixa.com.
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