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EIA Energy Winner

Our 2016 EIA Energy award was presented to a group of people who wanted to supply the data acquisition system for a unique new microseismic instrument (the MDAS). 

 

Microseismic systems use ultrasonic transducers as transmitters and receivers in place of real-world seismic sources and geophones to study seismic phenomena in laboratory scale samples. These studies help us understand critically important processes that occur on global and local scales, from the seismic events related to earthquakes to fluid transfer mechanisms associated with the geosequestration of greenhouse gases.

 EIA Energy Winner  

Mark Trotma, (ICON Technologies Pty Ltd, pictured above), Brian Evans (Curtin University, Dept of Petroleum Engineering), and Andrew Jupe (Altcom Pty Ltd) based the MDAS on our PXI Express platform, evolving it from two previous Microseismic data acquisitions systems ICON Technologies developed. It’s unique among world instruments because of its capacity to:

  • Handle large samples
  • Use acid fracturing agents such as CO2
  • Generate 3D event maps with significantly increased spatial resolution
  • Map the dynamic behavior of fracturing epicenters in near real time

The Acquisition Chassis (Top), Control Chassis (Bottom), and Complete MDAS Rack (Right)

The Acquisition Chassis (Top), Control Chassis (Bottom), and Complete MDAS Rack (Right)

 

The team cited high channel density, range of I/O types, precise multiboard timing and synchronisation, and overall data throughput that can be achieved with PXI Express as critical factors in meeting the challenging specification. Additionally, LabVIEW's flexible environment was a major factor in their ability to integrate the high-level hardware drivers, intensive data preprocessing, and communications to external tools as essential to their success.

 

Congratulations, Mark, Brian and Andrew!

 

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