Worldsensing launches network solution tailored to underground mining at Mines & Money 2022

The company’s IoT remote technology now features tree topology to achieve unparalleled range in subsurface monitoring

Internet of Things (IoT) remote monitoring leader Worldsensing is enhancing its support for the mining industry with an offering that provides seamless data acquisition and transmission underground to help improve risk management.

The new monitoring suite includes an IoT network technology that has been specifically developed for underground environments. As an enhancement to Worldsensing’s existing portfolio, a repeater device now extends the reach of the company’s LoRa IoT configuration with tree topology. This repeater expands the network range and data transmission to almost 10 km underground when sending data in 3 hops.

Worldsensing’s LoRa network runs on a sub-gigahertz radio frequency. In underground environments and as part of the LoRa Tree network, repeaters can retransmit data from nodes to the gateway in a multi-hop setup. Each repeater can reach a gateway up to several kilometers away in a single hop provided the route is near a straight line. In comparison, medium-range mesh networks which use sub-gigahertz frequency can reach a gateway some hundred meters away in a single hop. Short-range mesh networks based on 2.4 gigahertz setups can obtain single-hop ranges of some meters underground.

Even in more complex underground environments, the LoRa tree topology still outperforms wireless alternatives by allowing continuous data flow with a range of hundreds of meters. Overall, this long-range underground technology leads to cost reductions and time savings given that comparably fewer devices are needed to create the monitoring network which leads to lower maintenance to keep the network running and data flowing.

“We have worked with top mining companies to deliver a unique solution that pushes the boundaries of what is possible in underground monitoring,” says Andrew Frost, Worldsensing’s Chief Product and Marketing Officer.

“With this launch, we are reinforcing our commitment to safety in the mining sector, giving mine operators access to the same data underground as they use today to monitor operations on the surface.”

New products for underground monitoring

As part of the LoRa tree technology, Worldsensing is launching a repeater device that can connect to and retransmit the data of hundreds of nodes.

“This solution addresses underground monitoring issues including scattered data collection, highly transited, harsh environments and intricate topologies.” said Andrea Bartoli, Worldsensing’s Chief Technology Officer.

“This new technology has been tested extensively in operational mines and has demonstrated the best cost efficiency for devices deployed and coverage obtained. We have seen that the solution can even reach up to 15 km in range. With this offering, we are deepening our strong links to the mining sector, adapting our offering to provide the best possible operational results for underground environments.”

Worldsensing is recognized as a leading technology supplier to the mining industry, being named Best SME in the Mining Technology Excellence Awards 2020 and having been identified in 2022 by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) as a major player in the tailing dams monitoring market.

With monitoring being highly recommended by industry bodies such as ICMM, Worldsensing offers the sector’s widest range of integrations with leading instrumentation and monitoring sensor and systems vendors. The width of this integration portfolio makes it easy for mines to connect their existing technology stack to the Internet of Things to obtain data remotely and make data-driven decisions.

About Worldsensing

Worldsensing is a global IoT pioneer. Founded in 2008, the infrastructure monitoring expert serves customers in more than 70 countries, with a network of global partners to jointly drive safety in mining, construction, rail and structural health.

Worldsensing is headquartered in Barcelona and has a local presence in the UK, North and South America, Singapore, Australia and Poland. Investors include Cisco Systems, Mitsui & Co, McRock Capital, ETF, Kibo Ventures and JME Ventures.

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Worldsensing’s work on tunnels and other infrastructure featured on Dutch cable TV

Worldsensing’s value in civil infrastructure projects including tunnels and railway lines has been showcased on Dutch television. Worldsensing Chief Executive Ignasi Vilajosana appeared alongside Jasper Schuur, co-owner of measurement systems and software vendor Geometius, in a two-minute video aired on RTL 7, a Dutch cable television channel.

“As a company, what we do is we provide connectivity technology to monitor critical infrastructures, for example dams, railways, metro lines, bridges, tunnels and also mines,” Vilajosana explains in the clip, which is available on YouTube.

The video, part of RTL 7’s Business in Europe program, which showcases companies looking to grow in the European market and brings them to the attention of investors in the Netherlands, shows Worldsensing’s IoT remote monitoring technology being used in a tunnel. Such environments are of growing interest for Worldsensing customers, prompting the launch of a tunnel-wall embedded Smart Tunnel Lining Solution.

“One of our biggest strengths is that we provide technology that is ultra-low power and uses long-range radio, which means we can deploy our devices in the field in an unattended way for many years, helping our customers to capture data in harsh environments,” Vilajosana says in the video.

Wireless Geotechnical Monitoring

Schuur notes that Dutch infrastructure is often aging and needs replacing or upgrading, enhancing the need for careful monitoring before, during and after upgrades. “Monitoring can you help you to say if it’s still in the right specs and if there are any risks in using the infrastructure still,” he says. “With the partnership [with Worldsensing], we are able to include all the data from different types of sensors in one software package, to get the end customer one overview of all the data he needs for his monitoring projects.”

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Geotech leaders: Kim Malcolm of Geomotion; “I started in my garage”

Geotechnical instrumentation industry legend Kim Malcolm of Geomotion Australia is relaxed on the video call from Perth, Western Australia.

He is days away from retiring and his interview for our Geotech Leaders series is one of his last public appearances as the chief executive of one of the most highly esteemed precision monitoring firms in the Southern Hemisphere. Launched in 2004 as Itmsoil Australia and adopting the Geomotion brand in 2016, the business has garnered an enviable reputation for introducing technologies that deliver operational efficiency and value to customers in Australian and Asian markets.

Today Geomotion has around 220 staff and offices in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Yangon. Its project portfolio includes monitoring assignments such as the Metro Tunnel in Melbourne, the Forrestfield-Airport Link and the Crown Tower in Sydney. Here Malcolm reflects on his time in the industry and the changes taking place in geotechnical monitoring.

Questions

What got you into this? Where did it all start?

What was the industry like in those days?

Who were you working with at the beginning?

When did your company become Geomotion?

What trends have you seen in terms of technology and processes?

What would you say are the key trends to watch out for in the next five years or so?

Is there still a debate over whether you host your systems in the cloud or on premise?

What are you proudest of?

Any plans for after Geomotion?

What got you into this? Where did it all start?

I was teaching, and I was bored. I wanted to get out. A friend of mine bought a company in the United States called Slope Indicator Company and needed somebody to do the marketing, so I set up a distribution network for them throughout Asia and then moved on. Boart Longyear bought them out. I worked in Seattle for three years then the guys from Soil Instruments asked me to join them. I worked in the UK for three years and set up a distribution network in Asia for Soil Instruments.

Finally, I came back to Perth and started my own company in my garage. I was a distributor for Soil Instruments. Soil Instruments was good enough to give me the rights to Asia, so that made it easy for me to start. It was a good relationship. They did well and I was able to grow the company because they didn’t have any presence in Australia prior to that. I could grow their market share here. We gradually grew from one to—in Australia—40.

What was the industry like in those days?

It was basically half a dozen sensor manufacturers. Data loggers were just being introduced. And they were very basic data loggers that couldn’t do much at all. That’s really been a revolution. The gathering, storing and displaying of data has really been the crux of change over the last 10 years.

Who were you working with at the beginning?

It was only the contractors, the consultants, who were interested in the data. And coincidentally, about that time in Australia we started to do some good underground projects. The ones we mainly got involved in were metro projects. It was just coincidental that the metro projects going underground were in Perth, so we were able to get all that work. We’ve done very well in Australia, in major projects.

When did your company become Geomotion?

In 2004, I sold the company to a Hong Kong investor, changed the name to Geomotion and got some money to grow, so we opened an office in Sydney. After we opened the office in Sydney, we opened one in Melbourne. Now we’ve just opened one in Brisbane, in Singapore, in Malaysia and in Myanmar as well.

What trends have you seen in terms of technology and processes?

It’s been a natural progression. We got sensors that could be applied to data loggers rather than the pneumatics, or sometimes hydraulics, being used previously. Then the data loggers became more sophisticated and could pump out data more effectively. And with software, you’re getting real-time monitoring. Real-time monitoring has just been a game changer for our industry because it offers the engineer so much insight into what’s happening to the environment as they dig holes and tunnels.

What would you say are the key trends to watch out for in the next five years or so?

I think sensors are going to get more sensitive, or more applicable to different applications. That’s really where I think the next level of growth is going to be. On the data logging side of things, I don’t know how much further we can take it. It seems pretty swish right now. The software packages that are coming out now are complex, but it’s easy to see straightaway whether you’ve got a major issue or not. At the sensor end and there’s not much else we can improve.

Is there still a debate over whether you host your systems in the cloud or on premise?

There used to be in the early days, but I’ve not heard that argument for at least four or five years.

What are you proudest of?

Personally, I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved in Australia. We have become number one, from being a one-man band, borrowing the minimum of money. That’s been quite an achievement. The company is going well, and everyone is happy.

Any plans for after Geomotion?

I’m going to have a holiday—I haven’t had one in three years—for a couple of months and then think about what I’m going to do next. I won’t be sitting around doing nothing.

Summary

Kim Malcolm is a pivotal figure in the development of real-time wireless monitoring in Asia Pacific and Australasia, bringing experience gained in Europe and North America to the region. An expert on monitoring technologies, he appreciates the value of developments such as cloud-based data handling and low-power, long-range networks. Worldsensing wishes him all the best in his retirement.

Geotech leaders: Dots Oyenuga of ASC and his lifetime in tunneling

In the second of a new series of interviews with some of the world’s leading lights in tunnel monitoring, we speak to Dots Oyenuga, founder and owner of tunnel monitoring specialist Analysis & Solutions Consultants.

Dots Oyenuga’s passion for engineering stems from a train journey in France. Riding the high-speed TGV, he was struck by the train’s ability to hurtle along the track so smoothly that even a filled cup would not spill a drop. That day set him on the path to becoming one of the foremost metro engineering specialists in the world.

After taking a Masters’ Degree at George Washington University in the US, he earned a doctorate in geotechnical engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine in France. In the 1980s, he did his doctoral research on deep foundations and the relationship between steel piles and sand. Oyenuga founded Analysis & Solutions Consultants (ASC) in 2001.

This California-based design and construction consulting firm has provided tunnel monitoring support for all kinds of tunnelling projects, with a particular focus on infrastructure and transportation, ever since. Currently, ASC is providing tunnel monitoring services on three enormous urban tunnelling projects, with a total budget of more than USD$3.8 billion, on the Los Angeles Metro’s Purple Line extension into Beverly Hills.

Oyenuga says winning those three contracts in a row is one of his proudest achievements. But it has not all been plain sailing. When Nigeria-born Oyenuga entered the field 40 years ago, engineers were mostly white and male. Even today, data from the National Science Foundation shows only 4.3% of engineers identify as black. As a result, Oyenuga has had to overcome the prejudice faced by many people of colour in the industry.

We were honoured to speak to him about his long and successful career, delve into his pioneering experience in tunnel construction monitoring and gain some insights into the challenges of tunnelling.

Questions

What inspired you to specialize in tunnel monitoring, and where has that path led you?

What are the main challenges you face in tunnel monitoring projects these days?

What have been the benefits of bringing wireless technologies to the tunnel monitoring?

What trends do you see developing in wireless tunnel monitoring technologies?

Which tunnel monitoring project has impressed you most in all your years in the industry, and why?

What inspired you to specialise in tunnel monitoring, and where has that path led you?

Dots Oyenuga: I lived in France for five years. When I first took the TGV, which is the French high-speed train, I was impressed because I had a full glass of water on my table that didn’t spill, despite the train going close to 200 miles an hour. I thought that was a great feat of engineering, like the French subway tunnels and metro systems which I was also exposed to.

Ever since then, I’ve enjoyed working on tunnels. And I’ve been involved in close to 20 tunnelling projects, including—in the Bay Area—the Dublin Pleasanton extensions and the Transbay Tube Seismic Retrofit project. I also worked on the H-3 tunnels in Hawaii. I wrote the road tunnel design guidelines for the Federal Highway Administration, which is now used worldwide for the design of tunnels and also sold around the world by the US Department of Commerce.

I decided to go into structural and geotechnical instrumentation because the landscape for engineering design was choked up by larger firms. Only the crumbs were left. Instrumentation was pretty much virgin territory, so I staked my claim there and started my company about 20 years ago. We specialized in monitoring tunnel construction, providing all the tools necessary.

We are the first in the US to use an integrated, automated wireless data acquisition system to monitor urban tunnel construction projects. We dispense with all the legacy systems. Everything is automated, everything is wireless. And we’ve had a lot of success with it. We’re currently monitoring 10 miles of tunnel construction in Los Angeles in real time. We have close to 10,000 sensors that we maintain for that task. That number will probably increase to around 17,000. That’s quite a bit of monitoring.

We’re also providing critical surveys for about 700 buildings, and real-time construction noise and vibration monitoring and control. It’s quite a task and we’re very fortunate to be in this position.

What are the main challenges you face in tunnel construction monitoring projects these days?

It depends on the delivery methods that are being utilized. In design-bid-build scenarios, where the project documents are put out to bid as opposed to when the bid goes out early in the design, the contractor is responsible for finalizing the design and constructing the project. Also, you could have a progressive design build, in which the owner of the project works with the contractor and they jointly come up with the final documents. Then the contractor will go ahead with the construction.

Everything is locked up in that scenario, and there’s no change allowed. The contractor is invested in the design process early. There’s also the situation where you might have the underground environment as a separate contract from the tunnel. We sometimes have a lot of potential stakeholders that we interface with, including in the city, the county, commercial property owners and residential property owners.

Because we interface with all these stakeholders, in most instances we prefer to use wireless technology. We integrate automated data acquisition systems in the wireless system. The installation of monitors and monitoring of the tunnelling has to be done with minimal disruption. As a result, we prefer to have wireless systems to avoid having to lay lots of cables that would disrupt traffic.

What have been the benefits of bringing wireless technologies to tunnel construction monitoring?

The main benefit is dispensing with cabling as much as possible. In some instances, we still have cables, but it’s minimal, so we don’t break up the roadway, disrupt the flow of traffic and block pedestrians’ right of way. It’s been very helpful from that perspective, but I think the industry is slow to adopt technology. Other industries have embraced technology like automation, but our industry is still lagging in this regards.

I think that’s primarily because of the litigious nature of contracting and the industry in the US.

What trends do you see developing in wireless tunnel construction monitoring technologies?

Right now, we’re focused on the micro level, in the sense that we have all these little sensors and we monitor all the sensors using data loggers. But I think automated data collection will grow. So, we could have fewer sensors and have them move from one point to another and collect data that way. I think another change is using the macro level as opposed to micro level.

There’s technology out there called InSAR [interferometric synthetic-aperture radar] where we can use satellites and come up with pre-existing trends and settlement patterns prior to construction. During construction, we can measure at a macro level, and then zero in on more problematic areas and take more detailed measurements from legacy systems. I think that’s probably where we’re headed with this.

You could have settlement maps long before we start to contemplate having construction in those areas. Anyone involved in construction could dial up historic data and use those trends to map movements.

Which tunnel construction monitoring project has impressed you most in all your years in the industry, and why?

I think it probably will be the projects that we have in Los Angeles. These are really signature projects. We’re constructing a subway system to Beverly Hills and other critical infrastructure, and we went under the 405 Freeway, where we had continuous mining. We’ve brought a lot of technologies to bear on that. We’re doing reflector-less monitoring where we’re not putting prism targets on structures but, instead, we monitor remotely.

We’re pushing the envelope and coming up with new applications for technologies—and it’s been a lot of fun, and a real boost to our confidence. I think we ultimately want to become the best organization for instrumentation in the US for tunnel construction. And I think we’re pretty much on our way.

Summary

Renaissance man Dots Oyenuga is living proof of the value of diversity in geotechnical engineering and instrumentation. Using wireless remote monitoring technologies, his experience and knowledge are helping to safeguard the progress of some of the most important subsurface projects in North America.

Worldsensing expands LatAm coverage with Mexico presence

Experienced Business Development Manager Fernando Pérez to support growing Latin American IoT remote monitoring market

Remote monitoring leader Worldsensing is expanding its Latin American coverage with the appointment of Business Development Manager Fernando Pérez Gutiérrez to handle sales in Mexico.

Pérez, who has been with Worldsensing since 2018 and was previously sales manager for Latin America and Africa, is relocating to Guadalajara, Mexico, with immediate effect.

From there he will provide additional coverage to key markets within LatAm, complementing automation engineering expert Leonardo Vidigal Meireles, Worldsensing’s technical sales specialist in Brazil.

Both experts are working to support local Worldsensing partners such as Geosinergia, a Chilean geotechnical and structural instrumentation provider working on major mining projects.

Pérez will also have special responsibility for developing sales in Mexico and other Central American countries, where there is a growing need for remote Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring technology for infrastructure projects such as mines, tunnels and metro lines.

“Given our sector focus on mining and related infrastructure projects, Latin America is a key market for us,” said Matthieu Laville, Senior Director of Global Sales at Worldsensing.

“We are delighted that Fernando is moving to Mexico to enhance our presence on the ground in this region.”

A solid and growing presence

Worldsensing already has a solid presence in the Brazilian market, with Worldsensing’s equipment being certified by Brazil’s National Agency for Telecommunications and the company being admitted to the Brazilian Mining Association.

Mexico also has an important mining industry. It is the world’s largest producer of silver and one of the top producers of gold, copper and zinc.

Separately, the country is home to Latin America’s busiest metro system, the Mexico City Metro, and two more of the top 20 urban transit systems in the region.

Worldsensing continues to lead the market with value-added services

Services portfolio improves end-to-end offering and is helping to make customer projects more successful

Worldsensing has unveiled an extensive suite of value-added services to complement its industry leading wireless Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring technology and products.

Looking to continuously meet the needs of customers, the services, all available from a dedicated page on the Worldsensing website, comprise:

Value-added services

“Many of these services have been previously available to our customers and partners, but we are now making them easier to access and purchase,” said Lluis Ventura, Head of Customer Success and Operations at Worldsensing.

Andrew Frost, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Worldsensing, added: “Our products already come with market-leading levels of reliability and usability, but we have recognized that for some customers it is vital to have extra peace of mind in critical infrastructure projects. For that reason, we are delighted to offer value-added services such as extended warranties and fast-track ordering to cater for special project requirements, and a wide range of product and application training packages to help our partners and customers with their deployments.”

Worldsensing contributes to European mining safety effort

IoT remote monitoring leader is part of an ambitious EC-funded research project improving health, safety and environmental performance

Worldsensing, the global leader for monitoring critical and civil infrastructure through wireless Internet of Things (IoT) technology, has joined mining peers in Leoben, Austria, to discuss the progress in illuMINEation, a major European Commission-funded research and innovation project.

The project recognizes Europe’s valuable mineral deposits can only be exploited if very strict legal and environmental requirements are met and local communities do not perceive mining operations as a risk to their livelihood, but rather as a source of work, income and prosperity. For this reason, health, safety and environmental (HS&E) standards and performance are considered the most important core values applicable to the mining industry sector.

The implementation of technologies ensuring the highest possible performance levels of those values requires the combination of many cutting-edge approaches and disciplines and the collaboration of European experts from different fields of expertise. The illuMINEation consortium met in Leoben to discuss the progress of the research and innovation project and the results achieved since the start.

Combining data to minimize risks

The illuMINEation project uses various sensing technologies, comprising off-the-shelf, low-cost sensors combined with sensors serving specific needs, for integration into a digital mine management system. Information acquired by sensor networks is processed and analyzed via sophisticated data analytics, including machine learning algorithms, to:

IlluMINEation and the Internet of Things

The project is centered around the development of a reliable, large-scale, data-intensive and highly adaptable digital industrial Internet of Things platform, capable of processing data for various mining-related applications. Technologies deployed and investigated that are linked to the safe zone classification are:

All real-time information on workplace conditions is directly made available to mining personnel via digital interfaces such as dashboards on tablets and mobile phones, or via augmented/virtual reality devices. According to the World Economic Forum, the use of digital mining technologies—as envisaged in the illuMINEation project—has the potential to save about 1,000 lives and prevent 44,000 accidents over the next 10 years.

First installation tests of the ‘intelligent rock bolts’

Project partners have already conducted the first installation of sensor bolt heads developed in the illuMINEation project. The intelligent rock bolt heads consist of various sensors, a microprocessor, a rechargeable battery and a device for data transmission. This low-cost intelligent rock bolt assembly allows near-real-time recording and visualization of geotechnical and environmental measurands on a large-scale basis—a milestone towards underground digitalization and safety.

Project partners

The high-quality and multidisciplinary project consortium consists of 19 partners from six European countries (Austria, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Spain, and Finland), constituting a well-balanced assembly of world-leading industrial and academic players from a multitude of technical fields and applications: Montanuniversitaet Leoben (AT; coordinator), Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft MBH (AT), Epiroc Rock Drills AB (SE), ams AG (AT), KGHM Cuprum sp. z o.o. (PL), DMT GmbH & CO. KG (DE), GEOTEKO Serwis Sp. z o.o. (PL), Lulea Tekniska University (SE), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES), KGHM Polska Miedz SA (PL), Minera de Orgiva SL (ES), RHI Magnesita GmbH (AT), DSI Underground Austria GmbH (AT), Retenua AB (SE), IMA Engineering Ltd Oy (FI), Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (ES), Worldsensing SL (ES), Instytut Chemii Bioorganiczney Polskiej Akademii Nauk (PL), Boliden Mineral AB (SE).

Press contacts:

For illuMINEation

Gernot Loidl

Industrial Liaison Department

Montanuniversitaet Leoben

+43 3842 402 8415

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Philipp Hartlieb

Chair of Mining Engineering & Mineral Economics

Montanuniversitaet Leoben

+43 3842 402 2025

[email protected]

Worldsensing launches smart tunnel lining concept

IoT remote monitoring leader announces solution where sensors are pre-embedded in the concrete segments used to line tunnels

Worldsensing, the global leader for monitoring critical and civil infrastructure through wireless IoT technology, has launched a novel tunnel monitoring solution to improve safety in tunneling.

The company’s smart tunnel lining concept, unveiled at the World Tunnel Congress 2022 in Copenhagen, addresses a major safety challenge in the construction of tunnels and allows engineers to make data-driven decisions from as early as the lining construction phase. Tunnels are inherently unstable structures that require careful monitoring during construction, particularly when tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are in use. As TBMs create tunnels, they place concrete linings behind them so the area can be accessed without a risk of rock falls.

Until now, the tunnel excavation process must be halted at regular intervals so monitoring equipment can be installed on the inner surface of the linings. Equipment installation can take hours at a time, adding to the cost and complexity of tunnel projects. Plus, it entails a degree of risk since engineers need to work on sections of the tunnel that do not have monitoring equipment in place.

Furthermore, the monitoring equipment installed during construction must often be removed before the tunnel enters operation, so the ability to monitor tunnels after they are built is reduced. The innovation launched by Worldsensing addresses all these issues by embedding sensor equipment within the concrete segments installed by the TBM, thereby avoiding costly delays of equipment installation and de-installation.

The embedded sensors allow engineering teams to get real-time data on lining stability from before the tunnel linings are installed. The data is transmitted reliably throughout the lifespan of the lining and can be analyzed using any industry-standard visualization software, improving engineering teams’ ability to make data-driven decisions relating to infrastructure safety and integrity.

The monitoring units include a robust Worldsensing five-channel data logger, connected securely to vibrating wire sensors such as strain gauges or pressure cells. The data loggers are housed in a rugged polymer casing that can be embedded directly in concrete, with the casing sitting flush with the inner surface of the tunnel lining.

Tunnel monitoring

During construction, the data logger can send signals to a gateway installed up to 100 m away in the head of the TBM, providing an almost instantaneous, real-time view of tunnel stability from the moment the lining is laid down. All electronic device components are protected with insulating resin, with only the device’s Universal Serial Bus (USB) connections left open for configuration purposes. The data logger is powered by batteries that can last up to a decade with no need for maintenance.

This data transmission distance is limited by interference from the TBM but once the boring machine has moved on communications can switch to tunnel-based gateways up to 3 km in a straight line or 800 m around curves. “This innovation represents a major step forward in tunnel boring safety and efficiency,” said Matthieu Laville, Director of Global Sales at Worldsensing.

“We can now drastically reduce the delays involved in installing and configuring tunnel monitoring systems, saving time and costs. Because the technology is completely based on wireless there is no need for costly and time-consuming cabling and splicing work once the TBM has moved on.”

Simplifying tunnel construction

Laville added: “Embedding monitoring equipment directly into the concrete lining in tunnels is a simple yet highly innovative idea that simplifies logistics during tunnel construction by minimizing the need for later installation work.”

Worldsensing estimates the embedded monitoring solution could reduce the time and effort involved in tunnel construction by up to 25%. And the concept can be applied to other types of construction, such as building or installing shafts, concrete slabs, bridge pillars, segmental bridges, diaphragm wells, precast foundations and columns and beams.

“This launch highlights our commitment to improving safety and efficiency within the construction industry,” said Andy Frost, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Worldsensing. “We continue working with the sector on other ways to add value through monitoring.”

Worldsensing boosts its technical sales team with new appointments

Technical sales specialists Sam Buckley and Matthew Winslow to support expansion in the UK and North America, respectively

The global leader in IoT remote monitoring of critical and civil infrastructures, Worldsensing, today announced a significant expansion of its technical sales support capabilities with two new hires.

Sam Buckley and Matthew Winslow have joined the company as technical sales specialists covering the UK and North America, respectively. Buckley, who is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and will report to UK Business development Manager Matt Azzopardi, joins the Worldsensing team from Geomotion Australia, where he was a geotechnical site technician involved in the infrastructure and mining sector.

Previously he worked as a monitoring supervisor at London-based Geotechnical Observations. “There is a real need now for remote and automated monitoring technology in the UK as the nation invests in significant infrastructure projects such as HS2, London Underground expansion, and Hinkley Point C nuclear power station,” Buckley said.

“The amount of infrastructure spending in the country means you cannot physically monitor all structures manually—and there are health and safety issues with taking manual readings in some locations,” he said. “That means we need to automate the process.”

North American expansion

Matthew Winslow, meanwhile, comes to Worldsensing from Acton, Massachusetts-based Geocomp, where he was Senior Project Manager leading the Los Angeles Team – following 11 years of geoscience and geotechnical experience including spells at Geo-Instruments and engineering and environmental services firm Cardno ATC. He brings ample experience to the role, having worked on large projects such as the Northeast Boundary Tunnel in Washington D.C. and the Regional Connector Project in Los Angeles.

“I have been working on construction projects in the field for a long time, getting to know every instrument in the Worldsensing portfolio,” Winslow said. “I’m keen to bring that experience to bear in helping our clients solve their geotechnical monitoring challenges.”

Based in Los Angeles, he will support Worldsensing’s North American sales managers Kelsey Kidd, in Denver, US, and Blaine Tait, in Ontario, Canada. “Matthew will play an invaluable role in positioning our leading wireless technology to help improve infrastructure safety in our four key verticals of mining, construction, rail and civil infrastructure,” said Kidd.

Technical sales team growth

The appointments are intended to strengthen Worldsensing’s global sales capabilities in the wake of a €10 million financing package from the European Investment Bank in December 2020. Besides Tait in Canada, other recent hires include Michael Edwards in Australia and Arnau Carbonell and Ricardo Cardoso in Europe. “Over the last year and a half, we have been investing heavily in our global sales team, mainly in response to soaring demand for our wireless connectivity platform,” said Steve Cahill, Chief Operating Officer at Worldsensing.

Sales Director Matthieu Laville added: “The addition of these first-class professionals to our team underscores our dedication to our partners and customers and our commitment to being the global leader in remote geotechnical monitoring.”

Europe Day: Learn how the EIB is fighting climate change in Spain through its unique 360-degree video experience

Combating climate change remains amongst one of the biggest global challenges. For the sixth year in a row, the EU bank increased its finance for projects that contribute to climate action and environmental sustainability, including in Spain, where 43% (€3.897 billion) of all lending in the country in 2021 was allocated to green projects.

For Europe Day, the climate bank of the European Union, the European Investment Bank, is launching a 360-degree video experience that invites European citizens to visit virtually some of these climate projects for themselves. The episode from Spain enables viewers to experience how Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionising safety in remote areas in Catalonia in the context of climate change.

The EIB 360° Quest for Climate Solutions is an interactive, free platform on the EIB website where viewers can embark on virtual journeys to visit ground-breaking projects that are making a difference in the fight against climate change in Europe. Filmed with state-of-the-art 360° cameras in some of Europe’s most stunning scenery, these short videos are presented by the EIB’s reporter, who interviews top scientists, engineers, and experts on site. So, far the series has covered projects in Greece, Portugal and Spain.

In the episode “Sensors for Safety” the European Investment Bank’s 360° video crew takes viewers on a journey into the rugged Pyrenees mountains of Spain, to learn about a remote sensing system that is bringing a new degree of safety and resilience to an isolated stretch of track where a rockslide derailed a train earlier this year. Recognising the potential of this new technology, the EIB is supporting research and development by the Barcelona based company Worldsensing in the hope of extending the lifespan of infrastructure and adapting to the weather extremes of climate change.

Ricardo Mourinho Félix, European Investment Bank Vice-President said: “EIB strongly supports Spain’s ambitious climate goals, in line with national strategies to meet the Paris Agreement targets. The Covid crisis and the war in Ukraine have made climate mitigation and adaptation and sustainable recovery even more relevant. The new 360° Quest for Climate Solutions helps viewers embark on virtual journeys. To visit ground-breaking projects, including Worldsensing, that make the difference in the fight against climate change. This innovative approach helps to bring EIB climate action projects closer to EU citizens.”

“The EIB’s support has been critical in helping us to scale our operations and address the growing challenge that climate change poses to infrastructure in Spain and elsewhere in Europe,” said Ignasi Vilajosana, Chief Executive Officer at Worldsensing.

“We are delighted to have been featured in the Bank’s EIB 360º video series, bringing to life one of our landmark rail projects in Spain.”

About EIB 360

The EIB 360° Quest for Climate Solutions is an interactive, free platform on the EIB website where viewers can embark on virtual journeys to visit groundbreaking projects that are making a difference in the fight against climate change in Europe. Filmed with state-of-the-art 360° cameras in some of Europe’s most stunning scenery, these short videos are presented by an EIB reporter, who interviews top scientists, engineers, experts and eco-conscious entrepreneurs on the ground. So far, the series has covered projects in Greece, Spain, and Portugal. Viewers gain a new perspective on innovative solutions to the climate crisis as well as cutting-edge climate research. The 360° camera work makes it possible for viewers to immerse themselves in these beautiful and remote locations – being able to look in all directions – as they follow our reporter. The episodes are in English, with subtitled versions are available in the language of each location. An interactive map of Europe allows viewers to enter each 360° experience with a simple click of a mouse.

About the EIB

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investments in order to contribute towards EU policy goals. The European Investment Bank (EIB) issues long-term loans on behalf of the European Union.

Worldsensing

Worldsensing is a global IoT pioneer. Founded in 2008, the infrastructure monitoring expert serves customers in more than 70 countries, with a network of global partners to jointly drive safety in mining, construction, rail and structural health.

Worldsensing is headquartered in Barcelona and has a local presence in the UK, North and South America, Singapore, Australia and Poland. Investors include Cisco Systems, Mitsui & Co, McRock Capital, ETF, Kibo Ventures and JME Ventures.

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