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Water level monitoring during piling Rotterdam Harbour

Using WLPI Sensors to monitor the change in the condition of the harbour

Althen participated in a pilot project in the Harbour of Rotterdam. The pilot involved the construction of a new pier for large ships. For this purpose, 2 pipes with a large diameter (2.5 meters) in the bottom of the canal had to be driven about 10 meters from the shore.

During the project WLPI Sensors were used to monitor the change in the condition of the harbour. The optical sensors were compared with normal electrical sensors. The municipality of Rotterdam was very interested in this type of sensors, especially because of its unique properties and the fact that they can be used in an EX zone without problems.

The government was asked to be able to measure real-time during the placement of the tubes to see what is happening at the bottom of the channel. The reason for this, was the fact that there was a pipeline for drinking water and cables for electricity and internet / telephone at the bottom of the channel, only a few meters from where the tubes would be placed. By monitoring during the process, the operator was able to stop when the bottom of the channel would drop significantly.

Identical measurements

During the installation of the two large tubes, the measurement results happily only see a little movement in the soil, so that the placement of the piles was successfully completed. After analysing the added value of both the traditional sensors and the optical fiber sensors, it could be concluded that the measurements were identical.
Therefore, it could be said that the pilot was successfully implemented so that more projects could benefit in the future from the unique properties of these glass fiber sensors.

Conclusion of the pilot project

Optical Sensors based on fiber optics already have many advantages over electrical sensors, but with the new WLPI technology there are still a number of advantages.
Especially when it is used for large distances between sensor and measuring station or if there is an EX situation, this technology is very interesting.

Installing the Sensors

With optical, hydrostatic pressure sensors that are in focus to determine the water column, the movements of the bottom of the channel have been made visible. The sensors were installed in a plastic tube was placed on the bottom of the channel by professional divers.

Together with the optical sensors, traditional sensors were also installed in the same tube for reference values ​​based on the existing conventional pressure-sensitive technology.

Remote monitoring

One of the great advantages offered by the fiber optic solution was the possibility to set up the final distribution at about 500 meters from the location where the work was being done. The instrumentation could thus be placed in the temporary offices for remote monitoring.

Because the fiber optic cable is intrinsically safe, there was no problem to lead the cable on shore through an EX zone.

A much more complicated system therefore had to be rolled out for the electrical sensors. traditional sensors were also installed in the same tube for reference values ​​based on the existing conventional pressure-sensitive technology.

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