Products & Services

Products and Services

ESG provides a broad range of microseismic services to help customers get the most from their microseismic data. These services range from routine data processing to developing customized analysis software for individual clients.

ESG designs and manufactures all hardware and software in-house, including Paladin® data acquisition units, geophones and accelerometers.  This allows ESG to fully customize any microseismic solution to meet specific client needs.  ESG does not sell products stand-alone, rather they are manufactured for use as components of complete microseismic systems.

Equipment

ESG provides complete microseismic systems are easy to use, modular for simple expansion, backwards compatable and operate in a Windows environment.

Paladin® Data Acquisition

The Paladin® 5 is the latest version of ESG’s next generation digital microseismic recorder. As the backbone of ESG’s microseismic data acquisition system, the Paladin 5 32-bit digital seismic recorder enables accurate detection of a wide range of seismic event magnitudes within a flexible, customizable platform.

Advanced Diagnostics Board

Like the PIV, the Paladin® 5 incorporates a removable, licence card that controls the onboard capabilities of the recorder. The license card comes in two forms and is key to unlocking the full power of ESG’s Paladin® 5.

In its basic version, the PIV Daughter Card (PDC) offers a geophone pulse diagnostic test. The more powerful Advanced Diagnostics Board (ADB) introduces a wide range of additional features on the PIV, enabling powerful on-board processing and diagnostics capabilities.

The ADB is designed to interface with both geophones and accelerometers. Lights on the front panel indicate channel performance. Advanced diagnostic tools include voltage measurement, sensor auto detect, programmable AC/DC coupling, auto detect-correct polarity, geophone parameter extraction among other features. Use of the ADB simplifies installation and provides real-time feedback about the health status of the attached sensors.

Portable Units

The Portable Paladin® is a rugged, web enabled, low power digitizer and microseismic recorder.  In addition to ESG's suite of geophysial sensors, it is compatible with a variety of broadband and short period seismometers. 

The Portable Paladin is equipped with ESG’s Paladin® 5 32-bit digital seismic recorder, but is designed specifically for use in remote locations where data transmission is not feasible.  Instead, the Portable Paladin® houses on-board continuous or triggered data storage via USB or compact flash.

The Portable Paladin® is not recommended for extended periods of monitoring in either underground or surface applications.  Rather, it is designed for temporary, portable use. 

Applications include:

  • Blast monitoring
  • Vibration monitoring
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Other geotechnical applications

Sensors

Seismic sensors detect and measure small ground vibrations caused during mining operations.  They can be deployed in various configurations around a zone of interest to provide the best possible detection coverage.  ESG offers a range of seismic sensors, including geophones and accelerometers for downhole, uphole and surface installation. Sensors are also available in triaxial (3-component) or uniaxial formats for added flexibility.

Software

ESG’s Windows-based Hyperion Seismic Software (HSS) Suite has been designed with the end-user in mind. Retaining powerful functionality in a stream-lined environment, the HSS provides a faster and more user-friendly platform for processing and visualization than other software on the market.

ESG's HSS suite is available to mining operators as a component of our complete microseismic solution.  As such, it is not available as a stand-alone software platform.  The HSS suite comprises a number of core software modules including:

HNAS:

ESG’s Paladin data acquisition systems convert seismic data from hardware devices (i.e. geophones and accelerometers) into digital signals.  These digital signals are then monitored by the Hyperion Network Acquisition System (HNAS™) software.  Data may be recorded in continuous streams or as discrete "triggered" events before being permanently stored on an acquisition computer.

WaveVis:

WaveVis is used to visualize and process full waveforms captured by ESG's microseismic system.  First-arrivals of P-waves and S-waves are identified and used to determine event source location and various source parameters such as event magnitude.

SeisVis:

SeisVis allows for advanced 3D-visualization and interpretation of site seismicity using event information and scaled site geometries.  Event locations, magnitudes, and site velocity profiles among other parameters, can be viewed with respect to site geometry or models using a variety of display options.

Seismicity can be viewed for specific events, or animated over an extended time period using the VCR playback option.  Observe changes in site conditions over time to visualize site seismicity or identify and manage potentially hazardous conditions.

Services

ESG is an expert in installing permanent and temporary microseismic monitoring systems around the world, spanning a variety of extreme geographical environments. 

Whether we're performing daily monitoring or processing complex datasets, we take pride in our accuracy, quality and quick turn-around. ESG offers a full suite of data processing and reporting services, eliminating the need for dedicated processing personnel on site.

We also offer on-going support to all clients through customized product and service maintenance programs.

Microseismic System Design

A feasibility study evaluates sensor types and array configuration to optimize performance of the microseismic system.  The goal of each monitoring system is to ensure maximum monitoring coverage and data quality, based on the specific geological characteristics of a site. 

The primary outputs from a feasibility study include minimum detection limits (minimum magnitude) and the expected quality of seismic source locations based on the location, type and quantity of sensors deployed.  From here, ESG can recommend an optimal array configuration for installation.

Installation, Training and Project Management

Our field team routinely travels the world to be on-site during system installations, all of which are carefully planned with our customers before arriving on site. ESG’s field team can work with site electricians, geotechnical staff and IT resources to install the equipment and associated infrastructure.

Comprehensive training is also provided to site staff during the installation and commissioning phase of every project. Training may take place at client sites or at one of ESG’s global offices.

ESG’s microseismic monitoring systems are built at our manufacturing location in Kingston, Canada. As such, we have complete flexibility to customize each microseismic system to meet the needs of each site.

Data Processing and Interpretation

ESG’s data processing and interpretation services offer:

  • A dedicated data processing group with highly trained geophysical staff
  • Full remote processing with real-time data uploaded to client sites
  • Daily/weekly/monthly analysis and reporting
  • Quality control reporting
  • Comprehensive advanced microseismic analysis and consulting services

Advanced Analytics and Consulting Services

As experts in the field of microseismics, ESG invests heavily in R&D to continually extract greater meaning from full-waveform seismic data.  The result is state-of-the-art instrumentation, powerful, customized software and a suite of analytical techniques to better explain rock mass behaviour.

Maintenance and Technical Support

Following the installation of a microseismic system, ESG provides ongoing maintenance and support options including:

  • Training (either on-site or at Corporate/Regional Offices)
  • Diagnostic tools, software and hardware upgrades
  • Regularly scheduled on-site maintenance
  • 24/7 on-call technicians
  • Phone and email technical support