Beyond compliance: Next generation Integro™ LIDAR 3D Dust Monitoring Network

In 2015, Acoem was one of the first companies in the world to offer a working LIDAR-based dust monitoring system driven by industries’ and regulatory authorities’ need for an advanced compliance solution for real-time dust monitoring over large areas. The Integro™ LIDAR Network by Acoem delivered on this demand and today, after six years of continuous research and development, it has not only evolved in terms of its monitoring capabilities and usability, but it has also become an essential operational tool for companies looking to increase efficiency and enhance workplace safety — making it so much more than an environmental monitoring tool.

As part of Acoem’s commitment to shortening the path between monitoring and informed action and delivering more sophisticated, holistic solutions, we have expanded the boundaries of the Integro™ LIDAR Network’s functionality. 

In addition to compliance, Acoem’s drive to continually innovate is enhanced by the desire to improve the user experience and create value-added solutions for our customers. With that goal in mind, Acoem has developed the next generation Integro™ LIDAR Network featuring a superior graphic user interface that gives operators full three-dimensional (3D) spatial resolution of environmental monitoring data in real time.

3D mapping brings data to life

The transition from a static 2D interface to a 3D mapping platform in the next generation Integro™ LIDAR Network offers a whole new level of interactivity that empowers users.

The new interface is fully integrated into the Acoem Cloud web browser to give users a high-resolution Google Earth-like 3D viewing experience. This enhanced useability helps Integro™ LIDAR Network users transform monitoring data into informed action.

Visualise actual particulate concentrations and aerosol plumes from your site in 3D in near-real time. Zoom in or zoom out, scan up and down and look at the colour-coded data from above, from the side or any angle to identify hotspots or fluctuations.

Figure 1: The next generation Integro™ LIDAR Network is much more than just an advanced dust monitoring system for regulatory compliance. In 2021 the Integro™ LIDAR Network empowers forward-thinking organisations with a high-resolution Google Earth-like 3D interactive viewing experience that transforms environmental monitoring into an indispensable commercial operational tool — shortening the path between monitoring and informed action.

The Integro™ LIDAR Network also has a fourth dimension of time, giving users access to historical data. This makes it possible to observe changes over specific periods of time and evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation measures.

“The advanced LIDAR technology — developed by Leosphere and integrated into the Integro™ LIDAR Network by Acoem — provides unparalleled accuracy, capturing 10,000 to 50,000 individual data points per scan every 5-10 minutes. Together with data from the fixed monitoring stations, these data points offer information on dust mass concentrations (µg/m3),” said Jošt Lavrič, PhD, Acoem Scientific & LIDAR Products Sales Manager 

“That is the equivalent of running up to 50,000 individual dust monitoring stations using one integrated system,” he added.

Track dust behaviour from its emission source

The Intergo™ LIDAR Network combines three or more fixed dust and meteorological stations with Acoem Airodis™ software, the Acoem Cloud and a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Leosphere Windcube® instrument which continuously scans an area and measures dust concentration and radial wind speed/wind direction.

It can be configured to complete several different scan types, including radial (PPI) and vertical (RHI) with a coverage area ranging from a few hundred metres up to 12 kilometres (24 kilometres scan diameter).

Figure 2: The Leosphere Windcube® LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) instrument is a vital part of the Acoem Integro™ LIDAR Network for measuring dust emission sources and dust movement over a scanned area up to 24 km in diameter.

LIDAR technology precisely identifies all dust emission sources and dispersion trajectories. The fixed stations measure dust concentration to regulatory standards plus wind speed and direction and the Integro™ LIDAR Network uses these measurements to correlate the scanned data. 

Integro™ LIDAR Network is currently being used in some of the world’s harshest and most remote locations. Suitable for a variety of applications, including mining, ports, infrastructure construction and community engagement, the system gives users full visibility over the particulate and dust concentrations on site. 

“The Integro™ LIDAR Network isn’t just a compliance solution. It has evolved to become a critical operational tool. Adhering to government regulated dust levels is important, but so too is having greater insight into the safety of your workers, the health of surrounding communities and conserving resources,” commented Acoem Engineering, Research & Development Manager, Grant Kassell.

“The additional benefits of the Integro™ LIDAR Network include using its real-time information to inform effective and targeted dust suppression measures like sending out water trucks and being able to identify the exact source of emission exceedances to support process changes or prioritise remedial actions,” he concluded.

Complete end-to-end services for better environmental outcomes

Acoem not only creates technology systems but it partners with like-minded innovators in environmental management, like Leosphere, the developers of the Windcube® LIDAR instrument, to provide holistic data-powered solutions and full end-to-end services.

Acoem’s highly skilled Environmental Reporting Services (ERS) team consistently oversees the Integro™ LIDAR Network to make sure that data captured is correct and validated. Because of changes in background and atmospheric conditions, ERS team members review the network daily and make any required LIDAR parameter changes. Acoem technicians also deliver on-the-ground support, managing maintenance issues and calibration for the Integro™ LIDAR Network so client organisations can concentrate on core business activities and make timely, accurate and informed operational decisions. 

To find out how we can tailor an Acoem Integro™ LIDAR Network to suit your monitoring needs, visit www.ecotech.com or contact Jošt Lavrič, PhD, Acoem Scientific & LIDAR Products Sales Manager at email@acoem.com.