Airodis Software Airodis software is the primary data handling tool for the LIDAR technology and the dust and meteorological monitoring network. Real-time data allows operators to take immediate action to mitigate dust dispersion. The Airodis server is scheduled to automatically download data from all network systems which is usually set at every 5-10 minute intervals. Airodis then correlates the data from the LIDAR signal and the monitoring network to determine and report the mass concentration levels of dust dispersion. Airodis reports are displayed on a web page graphical format, including live video visualising the aerosol plumes recorded by the Leosphere Windcube. The interface allows anybody with approved access and a web browser to view the current and historical network data. The Airodis report schedule can be configured to run various reports on a timed basis. The reports include the polar and vertical plots of the LIDAR scans which can be displayed as a mass concentration (µg/m 3 ). Reports are also generated for the dust monitoring stations, including wind roses, dust scatter plots and historical line graphs. Web page video show dust movement generated from the data stored in the Airodis database. The various colours highlight different dust levels of optical concentration or as a mass concentration in ug/m 3 . Web page image of vertical dust dispersion.
AIRODIS CONTROL SYSTEM INTERFACE ECOTECH has developed interface software that allows Airodis to provide automated feedback from the Integro LIDAR Network to the facilities Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) to automatically trigger dust suppression equipment around the facility. This is achieved by transferring data from the fixed site monitors to the facilities PLC via Modbus. The data can be used for controlling water sprays at pre-determined locations. EFFECTIVE MONITORING LEADS TO EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT Choosing the most effective dust management measures, and determining the specific timing to implement these measures, is greatly influenced by the real-time information received from the Integro LIDAR Network. Using Airodis , facility operation managers are armed with valuable information to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of various dust management strategies on an economic basis. ecotech.com | 9