ESG Solutions & Rajant Announce Strategic Partnership for Carrying Microseismic Data to Surface for Underground Mining

ESG Solutions, an industry-leading microseismic solutions provider for the oil and gas, mining, and geotechnical industries and Rajant Corporation, the provider of Kinetic Mesh® wireless networks, have completed successful testing with Rajant as the backbone for carrying microseismic data to the surface. Underground and open-pit mining customers will benefit as both companies start deployment trials in October as the last step in the qualification process.

“Many mines install microseismic systems for rockburst monitoring and to collect data from microseismic events that can lead to a better understanding of rock mass deformation. ESG Solutions installs microseismic systems that rely on sensors (geophones and/or accelerometers) to record digitized seismic waveforms with our ESG Paladin® data acquisition units housed in junction boxes. Each Paladin® unit must be accurately time-synchronized across the network for optimum seismic event location determination. Data and system timing signals are currently transmitted to and from the Paladin units via fiber-optic networks. To reduce initial system costs and ongoing fiber system maintenance, clients have been asking if it would be possible for our systems to operate on a wireless system”, shares ESG’s Technical Sales Advisor Tony Butler. “The main hurdle to a wireless approach for microseismic monitoring has been the ability to provide accurate seismic system timing synchronization between the Paladin units. With Rajant Kinetic Mesh, we are overcoming the time synchronization issue with Precision Timing Protocol (PTP) system timing of 30 microseconds (+/- 10 microseconds) being achieved for networked Paladins. Together, we have demonstrated in the lab that Rajant and ESG can do seven hops through the Kinetic Mesh and maintain extremely accurate system timing. This development will allow Rajant’s wireless network to be considered for microseismic system monitoring in the field for up to 10 kHz sampling rates. This system timing accuracy is more than sufficient for the vast majority of microseismic systems installed that use geophones and/or accelerometers.”

 “Rajant provides voice and data communication at the working face for mines. Deployed in 230+ of the largest mines globally, Rajant’s fully mobile, autonomous V2X/M2M for underground mining eliminates the struggles of a voice-only leaky feeder with multi-radio high-speed connectivity. Next-generation technology, such as what ESG provides, has mission-critical requirements to function ‘no fiber required’. Rajant offers a robust, reliable, and redundant alternative to fiber that is easy-to-install and maintain,” says Darrell Gillis, Rajant Sales Director for Canada. “Rajant supports very accurate system timing, which is impossible with a Layer 3 solution, making Rajant Kinetic Mesh unique, not only for mining but for other IIoT applications, such as oil fields and civil projects.”

About ESG Solutions

Founded in 1993, ESG Solutions (Engineering Seismology Group or ESG) provides industry leading microseismic solutions for the oil and gas, mining and geotechnical industries. ESG helps operators improve safety, optimize production, reduce costs and mitigate risk associated with hydraulic fracturing, thermal enhanced oil recovery, underground and open-pit mining, waste-water injections, natural gas storage, carbon sequestration and geotechnical applications. ESG is headquartered in Kingston (Canada), with operations in Houston, Calgary and Bogota, and with sales representatives in Beijing, Brisbane, and Mexico.

About Rajant Corporation

Rajant Corporation is the broadband communications technology company that invented Kinetic Mesh® networking, BreadCrumb® wireless nodes, and InstaMesh® networking software. With Rajant, customers can rapidly deploy a highly adaptable and scalable network that leverages the power of real-time data to deliver on-demand, mission-critical business intelligence. A low-latency, high-throughput, and secure solution for a variety of data, voice, video, and autonomous applications, Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh networks provide industrial customers with full mobility, allowing them to take their private network applications and data anywhere. With successful deployments in more than 65 countries for customers in military, mining, ports, rail, oil & gas, petrochemical plants, municipalities, and agriculture. Rajant is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, with additional facilities and offices in Arizona and Kentucky. For more information, visit Rajant.com or follow Rajant on LinkedIn and Twitter.