(Continued from page 17) DWER and the town’s residents the ability to monitor dust emissions in the port area. Using the Integro LIDAR Network, ECOTECH can pinpoint the exact source of emissions. This level of data granularity means for the first time government authorities can identify the emission sources, whether that is an individual shiploader, conveyor belt, or stockpile. The Integro LIDAR Network in the news “ This level of data granularity means for the first time government authorities can identify the emission sources, whether that is an individual shiploader, conveyor belt, or stockpile. ” In early 2017, the Town of Port Hedland received media attention for its use of ECOTECH’s Integro LIDAR Network, amid plans of the potential expansion of the Port operations. At the time, the expansion application had been temporarily suspended pending an enquiry by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) which seeks to further investigate dust levels generated by iron ore exporters in Port Hedland. The data collected by the Integro LIDAR Network for the Western Australia Department of Water & Environmental Regulation (DWER) will play a role in any future decisions regarding expansion at the port. The data will also assist mining companies operating at the port to review their dust management and control measures whilst increasing their efficiencies. Taking the Integro LIDAR Network global With the Integro LIDAR Network, ECOTECH is pioneering the way government and industries around the world can monitor and track dust emissions. It is also paving the way for preventative outcomes that improve air quality. Following the success of the Integro LIDAR campaign by the Western Australian DWER, they have now committed to investing in their own Integro Network for similar projects throughout the state in the years to come. ECOTECH is expanding the use of LIDAR technology for dust measurement and control internationally, with a number of (Continues on page 20) TOGETHER 2017 Issue 2
The Integro LIDAR Network A complete dust measurement and monitoring system. The Integro LIDAR Network is a turnkey solution with the powerful potential to monitor, display in real-time and provide feedback to on-site dust suppression systems. DUST AND METEOROLOGICAL MONITORING STATIONS These stations measure dust concentration to regulatory standards along with wind speed and direction. The Integro TM LIDAR Network also uses these measurements to correlate the scanned data. Pic above: The LIDAR instrument is mounted at a height that allows a clear line of sight over the scanning area. LIDAR TECHNOLOGY LIDAR technology, developed by Leosphere, is used to continuously scan an area and accurately measure dust concentration and radial wind speed/wind direction to identify dust emission sources and dust dispersion trajectories. AIRODIS SOFTWARE Data from the LIDAR instrument and the monitoring stations is correlated to determine the mass concentration (µg/m 3 ) levels of dust dispersion every 5-10 minutes. Reports are displayed on a web page in graphical format, including live video visualising the aerosol plumes recorded by the LIDAR technology. AIRODIS CONTROL SYSTEM INTERFACE Interface software provides automated feedback to the site’s PLC to trigger dust suppression equipment. DUST MANAGEMENT MEASURES Operation managers use the data to immediately implement targeted dust management measures. ecotech.com 19
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