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INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR TUNNEL MONITORING

ASE s.r.l. produces innovative instrumentation for the near-real time monitoring of deformations occurring during and after underground excavations. Main products are the Cir Array and the Rad Array. The first tool is installed at the contour of the tunnel section to monitor its convergence. The array identifies the deformations of the rock mass both during the excavation and the operational phases. It could be used to control existing tunnels as well, especially where they could be subjected to external instability phenomena. Rad Array measures the deformations some meters inside the rock mass along radial perforations. Both systems are based on MUMS technology.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR LANDSLIDE MONITORING

Vertical Array is the instrumentation designed for the automatic monitoring of natural or artificial slopes. The tool is based on MUMS technology. It is possible to customize it according to the required resolution, frequency of measures and geometry of the slide. The array is a modular system of sensors, which are contained inside nodes (Links) connected at fixed position along an aramid fibre cable. The sensors can be MEMS, electrolytic cells, piezometers, barometer and thermometers, respectively used to monitor deformation, water level, pore and atmospheric pressure and temperature variation along the vertical. The result is a near-real time 3-dimensional displacements of the slope. System installation is simple, fast and economic.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR ROCKFALL BARRIERS MONITORING

ASE s.r.l. produces monitoring systems to be integrated into rockfall and debris flow barriers, snow fences and avalanche protection barriers. The system designed for the control of rockfall barriers is named RockFall Safety Network, it is composed of a master datalogger placed in a protected zone and radio connected with modules that can be easily installed on the upper end of steel posts. Each module is self-powered through a photovoltaic panel and a battery and it contains a tilt sensor for the control of the inclination and a load cell for measuring the upstream ropes forces. The system provides indication of the work rate of the monitored structure as well as information about the most active section of the monitored slope.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR GEOTECHNICAL STRUCTURES MONITORING

ASE s.r.l. produces and commercializes high-resolution instruments for geotechnical structures deformations monitoring. The design of diaphragms and retaining walls, sheet piles, piles and micro-piles is strongly influenced by the uncertainties involved in the determination of the adjacent soil or rock geotechnical parameters. In many cases, the monitoring of these structures is a design requirement that originates from the observational method and allows the designers to verify and, eventually, modify their recommendations while the works are carried on. Our structural monitoring system is based on MUMS technology and can be customized for any specific application, in accordance with the designer indication. The one step integration of any other traditional monitoring device and their immediate availability in our web based management platform is a big step toward a digital management of construction sites, both in terms of efficiency and safety.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR MUSEUM MONITORING

Musa is a system realized by ASE S.r.l. to monitor museums, exhibitions or internal places where it is imperative to preserve the integrity of artworks. The proposed technology is designed for near-real-time control of various parameters, including illuminance, pressure, humidity, temperature and CO2. The system is composed of a master datalogger that interrogates the various sensors installed at different measurement points at a user-definable frequency. The connection between the various measuring points and the data collector is wireless.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUBSIDENCE MONITORING

Horizontal Array is the tool developed to monitor the subsidence and settlement of soil. System is based on MUMS technology and it is customizable according to the required resolution, frequency of readings and geometry of the site.

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WEB PLATFORM

The data are graphed on a dedicated web based platform with private access and can be checked from anywhere using multiple devices (PC, Smartphone, etc.). The platform displays the monitoring data relating to the desired period using graphs and tools. The perception of the occurring events is therefore immediate and the system allows for an immediate correlation of the data coming from different sensors. Data can be exported from the platform in common formats (.csv, .xls) and the graphics can be saved as images (.jpg, .png, .pdf, .svg) with a simple and straightforward procedure.

  • Fast record and visualization of data;
  • Monitoring Automation;
  • Dynamic representation;
  • Access from multiple devices;
  • Ability to represent different type of third part instruments;
  • Correlation of data;
  • Historical data display;
  • Export of data through files locally or via FTP.

DYNAMIC DB DATA MANAGEMENT

The data acquired by the instruments are recorded by the data logger on site, memorized on a volatile memory and sent to the mainframe server that stores them on a MySQL secure database. Upon arrival on this server, the raw data (electric signals) are automatically elaborated and transformed in physical units by coupling them with the transformation coefficients through a specific numerical process that differs for each application. These transformed data are then stored in a “parallel” database from which they can be accessed, analysed and recovered through a controlled access web site. During the data elaboration the mainframe server analyses the results and, where requested, controls the eventual overcoming of predefined thresholds. Some automated algorithms to control the quality and the variation of the data samples are applied and a preliminary automated validation is provided. Results are available in a few minutes on a web platform with private access.  If the customers wish to use their own platform or have a copy of the elaborated data, it is possible to configure an automated FTP transfer that will occur every time a new set of data reaches the elaboration centre.  ASE801 data logger, in addition to our systems, can also read every type of sensors available on the market (4-20 mA, mV/V, 0-5 V, etc.) enabling integration of third part sensors within the proprietary data management platform.

History

Advanced Slope Engineering S.r.l. (ASE) is a Spin Off company of the University of Parma, Italy. The partners, Andrea, Corrado and Luca, founded the firm with the aim of develop, build and distribute a new monitoring system named MUMS, based on innovative micro-technologies, which is a patent of ASE S.r.l. Most of ASE activities are about research and development in the fields of new technologies and data recover, management and analysis. All the members and employees have Ph.D or Master’s degrees in engineering (Civil, Environmental or Electronic) and some are academics. In the framework of the 4th industrial revolution, ASE idea is to provide automation, big data application and internet of things approach in the management of the environment and, in particular, in the decisional support for critical conditions related to hydrogeological hazards or to the construction and operational phases of new and large infrastructures in sensitive contexts or difficult area.

Technology

The technologies that ASE is proposing are at the base of the development of a completely new monitoring concept and innovative system in the fields of geotechnical engineering, rock mechanics and rock engineering, tunnelling and landslide control and prevention, environmental monitoring. The main features of these systems relate to their complete automation and remote managing and control. The technology is a combination of sensors, embedded in specifically moulded nodes (Links), connected along an aramid fibre cable and an electrical cable to form an arbitrarily long chain. The nodes can be organized in different combinations of distances and types, to adapt the chain to any specific monitoring needs. Links can be connected along a single cable with the distribution and configuration that most accurately fits the monitoring purpose. Each node can be equipped with MEMS sensor, MEMS and electrolytic cell, Piezometer, Barometer, High-Resolution thermometer. Several links make the custom-made chain, which is delivered directly to the installation site on a practical reel or a box. MUMS can also be installed in boreholes equipped with standard inclinometer pipes that cannot be accessed with the manual probe due to excessive deformation.

Approach

The Modular Underground Monitoring System (MUMS) approach is developed around a new concept of landslide monitoring, coming from several years of researches carried out at the Dept. of Engineering and Architecture (DIA) of the University of Parma, Italy. This concept foresees the need to develop an automated system that is accurate, reliable, and durable, although having relatively low installation and maintenance costs. The technology provides a semi-continuous monitoring of deformations and other significant physical entities along the whole length of the MUMS instrument, carried out with predefined and easily modifiable frequency.

Statistics

Projects
23
Number of Array installed
68
Number of sensors installed
2002
Total lenght [m]
2282

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