Pacific Data Systems has helped develop and install a series of dynamic soil thermal resistivity monitoring stations for electricity provider Ausgrid for the monitoring of soil parameters to improve transmission cable design.
The soil monitoring stations are being used as part of a research project to improve the design and installation standards for sub-transmission and transmission cables at Ausgrid.
Pacific Data Systems integrated two soil thermal parameter sensors and a soil moisture and temperature sensor into the solution to gather the environmental parameters required by Ausgrid. Buried in trenches, the sensors are connected by cables to the nearby dataTaker data logger.
The first batch of dynamic soil thermal resistivity monitoring stations is being installed at sites in Newcastle. Pacific Data Systems will supply a number of monitoring stations for deployment at separate Ausgrid locations in Newcastle and Sydney over the course of the research project.
Data will be collected and analysed over the coming 24 months, which will be used by Ausgrid to prepare a final report, supporting documentation and recommendation in mid-2013 with regard to the design and installation standards for 33kV sub-transmission and 132kV transmission cables.
Pacific Data Systems develops customised monitoring and logging stations for a wide range of applications including environmental research, process monitoring and alarming.