Monitoring with meaning

The demand for unmanned measuring is growing steadily. Large amounts of data are required to be able to reach well-founded conclusions about activities being performed and still to be performed. Are the environmental regulations being complied with? Are the working conditions in the office such that optimum productivity can be expected? Does the wear on the rail track mean it’s time to schedule maintenance? We offer a monitoring system that not only collects the necessary data, but also answers these questions.

Why monitoring?

Process owners want to know how they can optimize their process within the frameworks of, for example, environmental regulations, comfort requirements or wear parameters.

To obtain the necessary insight, large amounts of data are required about certain processes - processes which are often lengthy, occur repeatedly or at random times, making manned measurement out of the question. Examples include sound and vibration caused by construction activities over the course of months or years, road, rail and aircraft noise, and also indoor climate conditions in the work place, wear to rail infrastructure etc....

We developed a unique monitoring system which not only collects the necessary data, something that any monitoring system can do, but crucially, also gives meaning to these data. 

If a contractor is driving piles, not only do they have to check the noise produced against the applicable noise regulations, but they also need to know how many piles they are still able to drive in that day, or at a particular location, without exceeding the stipulated noise limits.

The rail operator not only wishes to know how much noise is created by trains driving along the tracks, but also if the rails are (abnormally) worn, and what the optimum moment is to perform maintenance.

To address these requirements, the registered data is linked to smart and (where necessary) custom-built software, which answers the client’s questions.

The results are presented in an organized and easy-to-interpret manner in the customer portal.

Short description of the system

All the registered data are sent directly to our monitoring platform via a mobile connection. A back-up is saved of all the data, so in case of server downtime, the data remain accessible. Malfunctions are detected and passed on to the operator, allowing immediate action to be taken.

Depending on the application for which the system is being used, the raw data are interpreted at the measuring station or on the server, and converted into parameters important for the specific application. Alerts can also be sent out if a parameter exceeds a certain threshold value.

Examples of applications

  • Monitoring of construction noise and vibrations:
    • checking the noise produced against the applicable standards
    • Determining the number of activities that may still be carried out within the applicable limits
    • Determining the loaction at which activities may still be carried out within the applicable limits
    • If the limit is exceeded, establishing the source of the noise (is the excess noise bing caused by the process in question, or another source
  • Monitoring noise and/or vibration regulations relevant to the company's environmental permit:
    • Checking against the regulations
    • If the limit is exceeded, establishing the source of the noise (is the excess noise being caused by the process in question, or another source?)
    • Optimization; ideal situation
  • Monitoring noise impact of rail and road traffic:
    • Checking actual noise production against the applicable limits
    • Prognosis of average annual Lden levels on the basis of a measurement period shorter than one year
    • Advice on noise reduction measures
    • Determining the impact of noise reduction measures
  • Activity levels in offices
    • Is the building being used in accordance with expectations?
    • Is the building being used in a manner appropriate to its design?
    • Are there any stumbling blocks?
    • How can we solve these?
  • Measurements of rail infrastructure
    • What is the acoustic condition of the rail tracks?
    • What kinds of complaints can be expected?
    • Where and when should maintenance be carried out?
    • Detection of abnormalities (rail joints, squats)
    • Detection of squealing noise
Sensors which can be incorporated
  • Noise meters
  • Vibration meters
  • Camera
  • Weather station
  • Climate meters (CO2, humidity etc.)
From the above information, it can be concluded that M+P is not just offering one of many available monitoring systems, but a unique system that adds meaning and value based on the carefully considered collection and processing of data.