Quarries

Quarry operations, mainly blasts, generate vibration and sound waves (air blasts) that propagate to the neighboring infrastructures both above ground, such as houses, industrial buildings or below ground, such as pipes and foundations. Depending on the blast type, nuisances can be felt far away from the quarry. These nuisances can be light leading to discomfort or heavy leading to damages to nearby structures. Monitoring these sound and vibration nuisances is essential for quarry managers in order to improve operations and limit resulting negative effects and therefore manage good relationships with the site neighbors.

What we do

 

We provide quarry operators or environmental nuisance service providers who support them with end-to-end easy deployable solutions to measure, notify, analyze and report quarry blasting activities both internally and externally. We go beyond the comparison with standards by providing a means to optimize quarry operations and communication channels with any involved parties.

This is achieved by using RECOVIB.SHIVER monitoring stations deployed in the field and remotely connected to the RECOVIB.IO platform. The RECOVIB.SHIVER is a comprehensive outdoor monitoring station that measures any combination of vibration, dust/particle concentration and/or blasting air overpressure. The RECOVIB.IO platform is accessible from any web browser and allows for visualization, alerting, analyses and reporting as well as SHIVER station remote management.

advantages

 

  • Turnkey solution, easy commissioning
  • Global 4G coverage; international SIM card provided, automatically detects the mobile operator providing the best network at the installation location
  • Single or multi-site monitoring using the RECOVIB.IO platform
  • Allows for long-term outdoor permanent monitoring
  • Remote automatic management of several monitoring stations in the field

 USE CASES

 

Quarry Blasting Vibration & Air Overpressure Monitoring

A measurement campaign carried out by an expert in environmental nuisances around a quarry showed that people living in the area were impacted by vibration and blasting overpressure. The highest levels of vibration and overpressure did not appear in the same place, but in locations separated by a few kilometers.

Based on those findings, the quarry operators wanted to implement a permanent monitoring solution at those two locations, one for vibration and the other for blast overpressure.

He was also interested in being able to access measurements for both internal analysis (blasting process optimization over the long term) and reporting to neighboring residents and local authorities. Two RECOVIB.SHIVER devices were implemented together with access to the RECOVIB.IO platform.

Permanent monitoring now allows for the optimization of quarry operations, the reduction of nuisances in the surrounding area and provides a means of assurance for neighbors and authorities that the quality of their environment is taken into account.

Contact Us

MICROMEGA DYNAMICS

Parc Industriel de Noville-les-Bois
Rue du Trou du Sart, 10
B-5380 Fernelmont, Belgium

V.A.T: BE 0466034916
p. +32 (0)81 24 81 00
f. +32 (0)81 24 81 01