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The role of remote monitoring in achieving savings over $1 million during a condominium excavation

Country Canada
Sector Infrastructure
Project Type Rail track & ground monitoring
Main Product Monitoring Solution

Challenge

In Toronto, Canada, a condominium excavation is adjacent to a major provincial public transport corridor. Monitoring this critical artery is crucial to maintaining smooth operations and service continuity for passengers.
Daily monitoring readings are required to manage the multiple challenges of the project:

  • Ground monitoring, in an area with poor soil conditions, potentially leading to more than desirable movements during excavation.
  • Infrastructure monitoring, ensuring the safe passage of pedestrian trains, through one of Canada’s busiest rail corridors.
  • Rail tracks monitoring, in a very busy area, which is costly and challenging to access on a daily basis.
  • Slope monitoring, ensuring the project’s surroundings remain stable.

Solution

Considering the complexity of the project, the project operator contracted Monir Precision Monitoring, an industry-leading firm specialized in construction monitoring. The company considered geotechnical, structural, and financial parameters, leading to their choice to combine their expertise with the Worldsensing remote monitoring solution. An automated system, connected to five ThreadX3, was deployed to monitor both the closest support-of-excavation wall and the railways, allowing continuous readings without requiring access to the corridor for each reading.

An automated total station monitoring system with prisms on the running rails of the active track, in-ground settlement points, slope monitoring, and precision monitoring of the train signal bridge were all vital in ensuring the safe passage of passenger trains during the excavation and construction of the condominium tower. Within the shoring excavation, five ShapeAccel Arrays were installed to monitor the shoring performance continuously. At the track overpass along Parliament Street, tilt beams were installed to monitor the abutment wall of the tracks nearest the site.

Benefits

The implementation of ThreadX3 helped reduce setup time, installation, and preparation. The plug-and-play features allowed simplicity and confidence in setups for operators. Additionally, their installation was key to powering and transmitting critical site data to the off-site monitoring data collection platform, allowing Monir Precision Monitoring to quickly react to changes and notify the project team of any alterations.

Finally, the installation of the automated monitoring system enabled a reduction in the financial impact of daily manual readings, allowing for higher frequency readings (more than once per day). Movement trends were easily identified, allowing the team to progress with excavation work in a timely manner. The automation of results also reduced the impact of human error, and cyclical weather changes that are not as easily identified using manual reading methods.

The implementation of the automated system provided additional protections and safety to commuters relying on the public transit system while also reducing monitoring costs.

The role of remote monitoring in achieving savings over $1 million during a condominium excavation

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