SOIMON New Fast and Reliable Technology for Soil Inspection in Contaminated Sites with Machinery Condition Monitoring

Country: European Union
Start Date:   1/8/2013         Duration: 24 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: Grant agreement no.: - 605065
Organisation Type:  Consultancy, contractor or other service provider
Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Soil-->Soil Overview
Project objectives:
The SOIMON approach integrates AE and accelerometers, active drivers and electronics to continuously analyse and damp vibrations sourced by the whole drill 
structure with the ultimate goal of protecting sensor electronics case and its integrity as well as preventing failures of drill components. This approach will ensure the reliable response of the analytical/ radiometric sensors during drilling with various techniques (e.g. rotary drilling,
sonic drilling, percussion drilling, and reverse-circulation drilling), used to recover samples from such a diverse structures such as rock formations
requiring coring and from sands. Different geological structures require different drill speed, which also depends on other factors such as wear of the drill
bit, flow of water, depth of drilling, and more. The overall aim of the SOIMON project is to develop a more advanced in-situ investigation method for identifying and characterising pollution in contaminated
soil. This will be achieved by integrating sophisticated sensors (e.g. micro-chips, electrochemical sensors, spectrometry, and optical sensors) into
a solid probe intended to drive down through the soil matrix to perform continuous or semi-continuous measurements. The proposed project S&T objectives are for integrating high sensitivity analytical/ radiometric sensors for organic compound analysis together with
AVC tool and sensors and peripheral electronics for vibration analysis and wear monitoring of drill components.
Project Summary:
The SOIMON project will develop an in-situ soil sensing system that is deployed in a sonic drill machine. Thecomplete system/ bore pipes are going to be equipped 
with condition monitoring sensors in order to increase life time, enhance drilling time, cost and reliability of the soil monitoring process. The overall
aim of the SOIMON project is to develop an advanced and reliable in-situ investigation method for identifying and characterising pollution in a wider type
of terrains. The concept integrates: - A solid probe using advanced sensor technologies for organic compound analysis combined with the anti-vibration control system in one of the bore pipes.
- Condition Monitoring sensors based on acoustic emission (AE) and vibration analysis and techniques. The generated signals are transmitted to the central computer unit by means of wireless nodes communication. The results are then accessed remotely via
a software application. The monitoring system can also be connected to the internet if there is internet hub available at the inspected site. The SOIMON system
will be using sophisticated state of the art computational analysis to enable location and sizing of cracks and corrosion with sufficient accuracy using conventional
methods. The bore-pipes integrity will be fully checked using vibration based techniques and sensors and the data will be fed to the AVC tool in order to attenuate their
impact at the first bore-pipe where the analytical/ radiometric sensors case is located. Furthermore, the need to be at the site for sampling presents the inspector
with a potentially hazardous environment however, the vibration damping and analysis techniques developed in this project are either permanently or semi-permanently
installed and can be remotely operated therefore there is no need for the operator to be on site. In addition, the downtime and costs associated will be reduced
by analysing samples on site and in live time, which will provide a fast set of data for rapid decision making of soil treatment. In parallel to this development, novel soil sensing techniques with improved sensitivity for organic compound analysis will be integrated with the objective
of increasing sensitivity and reducing the volume occupied by peripheral equipment. The sensors will be tested and assessed throughout the detection of the
different chemical compounds and their concentration.
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Project Resources:
Funding Programme(s): 
EC FP7: Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.
Link to Organisations:

OIKON - Ltd. Institute for Applied Ecology
Submitted by: Mr Zdravko Spiric  Who does what?  02/07/2015 21:10:00