DAS technology provides a ready-made solution for the offshore wind industry to monitor and protect these crucial cables. DAS identifies, with clarity and confidence, the different disturbances that impact cabling in offshore wind farms
Observing this "backscatter" phenomenon through a technique called Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), the 20 km long cable was turned into a bed of 10,000 motion sensors that could detect seismic activity with picometer precision.
Working from a beachside shack on California's Monterey Bay, Nate Lindsey fired a stream of infrared laser pulses down a long fiber-optic cable extending onto the ocean floor. The miles-long cable had been there for a decade...but Lindsey, a geoscientist at UC Berkeley, was trying something new
AP Sensing...recently received funding from the Department for Transport as part of Network Rail’s R&D program....sensors will tap into Network Rail’s existing fiber optic cable network using AP Sensing’s Distributed Acoustic/Vibration Sensing
IGMS has been recognized for its patent activities at the inventors’ gala held in the historic city centre of Graz. Within the last years, the IGMS team has filed three patents in the field of fiber optic sensing.
A recent proof-of-concept field trial from Verizon and NEC demonstrated the ability “to use network infrastructure with existing fiber-optic cables already laid in the ground as distributed optical sensors to collect information on city traffic patterns
OptaSense DAS technology's unique features deliver unmatched measurement performance in the market. Based on its recent analysis of the European distributed fiber-optic sensing market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes OptaSense with the 2019 Europe Product Leadership Award
FOSA announced the election of five board members, as well as its officer slate for 2020. Paul Baird, Prysmian; Deep Desai, Frauscher Sensonic; Paul Dickinson, Dura-Line; Steve Koles, Hi-Fi were each elected to two-year terms beginning on January 1, 2020. Mark Bradley of Corning
FOSA announced the winners of its annual Champion of Innovation Awards, selecting Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) based on their extraordinary leadership in enhancing the safety and security of U.S. critical infrastructure through the use of advanced technology.
Kriegers Flak is Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm with a production capacity of just over 600 MW....AP Sensing is monitoring a total of 300 km of this asset, using 6 Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) units and 9 Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) units
Vehicle counts, traffic slow-downs and other pieces of data central to traffic management may one day be gleaned from a city’s fiber-optic communications network. Verizon and technology company NEC have been leading research into the concept of turning a fiber network into one big sensor
Threats to pipelines are seemingly on the rise. In a report published earlier this year, the U.S Congressional Research Service positioned pipeline protection as a significant factor in ensuring national security
US News & World Report's 2020 rankings for Best Global Universities for Civil Engineering places Berkeley CEE in 5th place. The rankings are based on reputation and research in the field. Berkeley CEE is the highest ranking US university on the list.
On October 30th, NKT Photonics opened its new production facility and application lab in Boston. The facility will accommodate a state-of-the-art single-frequency fiber laser production as well as a brand-new application and service laboratory.
Frauscher Sensonic is the first company to develop railway-specific solutions based on fiber optic sensing (FOS). The goal is to offer easy-to-integrate, yet highly efficient end-to-end solutions in our markets worldwide. The base technology for this is the latest FOS generation
IGMS present[ed] the Bachelor and Master Courses “Geodesy” at the work and study fair BeSt3….the largest fair for education programs in Austria…visited by up to 30,000 pupils and teachers. IGMS demonstrated live how geodesy digitizes the world with…fiber optic sensing.
The Austrian Highway Agency and representatives from the Japanese Express Way company NEXCO and the Metropolitan Express Company Shutoko visit the Institute of Engineering Geodesy and Measurement Systems, Graz University of Technology...assessing the integrity of infrastructure objects
FOSA released a brief primer entitled Cable Installation Considerations for Fire Detection. The document contains guidance on specific requirements of fire detection in tunnels, large buildings, industrial sites and large equipment.
NEC Corporation and Verizon were able to use network infrastructure with existing fiber optic cables already laid in the ground as distributed optical sensors to collect information....first time and longest distance that such sensing data has been collected through an operational telecom network
Beyond our proven DAS benefits such as monitoring train location and detecting wheel flats, cable theft, and trespass, this project expands into previously unexplored areas of rail monitoring, states AP Sensing Director of Research and SpectRail project leader Dr. Gareth Lees
Ditch Witch’s new 24,000-pound thrust/pullback JT24 horizontal directional drill fills the gap between the company’s JT20 and JT25 drills, and is aimed at the on-fire fiber optic installation market, along with gas and water.
Despite fiber optics being used for telecommunications for decades and in the sensing worlds for more than 20 years already, many in certain industries still see it as a new technology without a track record. For Etienne Rochat, Chief Technology Officer at Omnisens
The following Pipeline Equipment Spotlight features the latest and greatest in vacuum excavator technology….The enhanced lineup of Ditch Witch vacuum excavators boosts productivity and versatility on municipality and underground construction jobs.
NKT Photonics will celebrate the grand opening of their Boston office on Oct. 30. The facility…will not only serve as a headquarters for U.S. sales and support, but will also accommodate state-of-the-art single-frequency fiber laser production and an application and service laboratory.
Schlumberger has established a strategic collaboration between WesternGeco, the seismic and geophysical data solutions division of Schlumberger, and IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions.
OptaSense’s Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) using distributed fiber-optic sensing was selected by a nuclear power plant operator in order to meet strict regulatory requirements for perimeter protection.
Dr. Chris Minto, Engineering Director for OptaSense, delivered “Challenges in Validation and Verification of External Fiber Optic Leak Detection Systems,” at Rio Pipeline 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ørsted and Omnisens have signed a framework agreement for the supply of fiber optic-based power cable monitoring solutions for Ørsted’s future offshore wind farms. The 5+ year framework agreement covers the integrity and performance monitoring of export cables of all offshore wind farms....
Every year, Broadband Communities Magazine recognizes the top-100 organizations that lead the way in building a fiber-connected world. For the seventh consecutive year, the publication featured Prysmian Group on the list,
CTO Etienne Rochat presented the Symposium "Combining Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) and Dynamic Cable Rating (DCR) as an efficient means of managing submarine cable load" during the CIGRE conference in Denmark in June.
OptaSense presented a one-of-a-kind demonstration of its fiber-optic-based pipeline leak detection system on a 2.5 Km buried flow loop that has been instrumented with the OptaSense fiber-optic-based system.
Schlumberger launched the IriSphere look-ahead-while-drilling service, which uses deep directional electromagnetic (EM) technology to detect formation features as far as 100 feet ahead of the drill bit in real time, which allows drillers to adjust operations accordingly.
If you want to monitor physical borders, such as walls and fences, a fiber-optic sensing system is ideal as they enable you to measure sound, movement or temperature – continuously and in real-time – along with long structures.
Trencher tooth selection should be based on soil conditions to get the most productive trenching: Compact walk-behind trenchers are increasing in popularity, come in a variety of sizes and can be customized, depending on your business and jobsite needs.
Dura-Line’s Technology Summit 2019: MicroTrenching was organized to shed light on how microtrenching is being deployed in several cities around the country, including Austin, Texas; New York; San Francisco; San Antonio; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Laser Focus World July Cover Story written through the collaboration of FOSA members Wieland Hill, director of Advanced Sensing Systems at NKT Photonics, John J. Williams, regional director of infrastructure monitoring for the Americas at OptaSense, and Gareth Lees, research director at AP Sensing.
More than 260 visitors from 40 nations represented 101 companies and institutions from the railway industry at this year’s WDF…. Operators, system integrators, technical experts and decision-makers got in touch in an informal atmosphere.
…the capabilities of DAS in rail applications have moved on quickly....These advances have been made possible by our own technical developments. Innovations like our Helios Theta platform offer exceptional high-resolution monitoring….can cover over a range of 40km….
Hifi hosted the Saskatchewan Energy Minister Bronwyn Eyre, during the Global Petroleum Show for a demonstration of Hifi's high fidelity dynamic sensing (HDS) technology for preventative pipeline leak detection.
OptaSense, a QinetiQ company, a world leader in fiber-optic-based acoustic sensing and its regional project management partner, a local security systems integrator based in Pakistan, have been awarded a key pipeline and gas producing facility perimeter intrusion detection system project.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) has urged House and Senate Committees to incorporate advanced technologies that will help make the nation’s infrastructure safer, more resilient and longer lasting.
FOSA commended the recent introduction of an infrastructure package by 31 House Energy and Commerce Committee members, the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act (H.R. 2741). Smart Infrastructure technology will spur continued economic growth.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association, the US’ leading organisation association focused on fiber optic sensing, was one of 11 signatories of a letter requesting congress incorporate smart technologies in order to improve and transform infrastructure around the country.
Frauscher Sensor Technology USA exhibited at the ASLRRA (American Short Line Railroad Association) 2019 Connections Convention, April 7-9 in Orlando, Florida. Representatives from Frauscher’s Technical Sales and Engineering teams were on hand to showcase wheel detection and axle counter products.
...building new pipelines has become a national issue, due in no small part to fears over leaks, a new fiber optic-based pipeline monitoring technology has arrived at an opportune time. Hifi Engineering Inc.’s high fidelity dynamic sensing system provides a fully distributed monitoring
If cities are serious about improving traffic flows…then technologies like [Distributed Acoustic Sensing] DAS have a key role to play in gaining intelligent insights, managing motorways and roadways, and managing transport networks more efficiently.
“FOSA is pleased to participate in ICSIC and then to continue the discussions at our own mid-year meeting in Cambridge,” said FOSA Chairman JJ Williams. “We believe fiber optic sensing will play a critical role in smart infrastructure construction around the world over the next few years."
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association has been joined by ten other leading technology trade associations in urging Congress to fully incorporate smart technologies into proposals to improve and transform U.S. infrastructure.
There is an unequivocal opportunity for policymakers on both sides of the aisle to bring U.S. infrastructure into the 21st century and leave a lasting legacy that will improve the lives of Americans for decades to come.
DAS is an example of how cities can build new intelligence into existing infrastructures, advancing monitoring and future planning capabilities. Augmenting fiber optic cables with DAS platform technologies can provide city authorities with real-time data streams
“The benefit of what we’ve shown is not just for leak detection in pipelines....The [DAS] technology has greater benefits for the safety of the human race, long term.” [explains Dr. Peter Hayward of Fotech Solutions]
…trenchers are efficient and effective digging machines for installing pipe and cable. To keep trenchers hard at work on the job and in peak performance, operators and rental yards must monitor and maintain the machine and components over time. Chain, teeth and sprocket components need to be replace
Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, through its submarine telecom division NSW, showcase[d] for the first time, after the merger with General Cable, its state-of-the-art range of products and services for the submarine telecommunication cable industry
Chris Shannon, Fotech Solutions CEO said, “SigmaWave represents the best of two industry leaders and demonstrates how, together, we continue to push the boundaries of innovation in upstream applications – with the opportunity to enable the best of DAS technology for the seismic industry.”
Cable systems manufacturer Prysmian Group…has been awarded a contract worth approximately €30 million to develop of a turnkey submarine cable system for EDF Renewables' Provence Grand Large (PGL) floating offshore wind farm project in South France.
For remote borders with little or no infrastructure, there are various techniques that can keep an eye, or rather an ear, out. QinetiQ, a British firm, has a system called OptaSense, which uses a fiber-optic cable laid in the ground. Sound from above creates vibrations in this cable.
FOSA has urged the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Commerce Committee to incorporate advanced technologies to help make the nation’s infrastructure safer, more resilient, and longer lasting.
Dr. Chris Minto, Engineering Director of member company OptaSense…[presented] “Towards 1 Billion Sensors: Distributed Fiber Sensing as a Pervasive IoT Contributor” on behalf of FOSA during…Optical Networking and Communication Conference (OFC) in San Diego, California.
“OFS recognizes the value of DAS and sees a need for significant improvements in how optical waveguides support this problem-solving technology," comments Mike Hines, market manager for OFS [and FOSA Vice Chairman].
Technologies such DAS...provide coverage of an entire perimeter and raise alerts in real-time, give security teams a comprehensive overview of their operations. In particular, the ability to detect potential intrusions at the earliest possible opportunity
Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS)...will allow water companies to digitize their pipeline infrastructure and detect and monitor ruptures and leaks in existing pipes. Through the use of DAS technology — which harnesses optical fiber cables installed parallel to the water pipes
Energy Excellence Awards [Hifi Engineering nominated for Operational & Project Excellence in Pipelines & Facilities]…nominees from across Canada’s energy industry, who through their ongoing work, display excellence….
The Toro Company announced Feb. 15 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held The Charles Machine Works, Inc., an Oklahoma corporation and the parent company of Ditch Witch
Dr. Chris Minto, Engineering Director of member company OptaSense, will present “Towards 1 Billion Sensors: Distributed Fiber Sensing as a Pervasive IoT Contributor” on behalf of FOSA during this week’s Optical Networking and Communication Conference (OFC) in San Diego, California.
Fiber optic sensing technology converts cables installed alongside transport infrastructure, such as railroads or highways, into an array of thousands of sensors which can detect acoustics, temperature or strain signals by using optical sensing techniques.
Chris Shannon, CEO, Fotech Solutions discusses the need to improve transport infrastructure for cities today….Combining cutting-edge photonics, AI and edge computing, new sophisticated distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) platforms can interpret this acoustic data.
An AP Sensing Linear Pro Series DTS solution was selected to monitor two reservoir water pipelines in northern Germany. These pipelines are used to dispose of water leftover from oil and gas production, which cannot be discarded above ground due to its natural, slight radioactivity.
“OFS recognizes the value of DAS and sees a need for significant improvements in how optical waveguides support this problem-solving technology," said Mike Hines, Market Manager for OFS, [and FOSA Vice Chairman]. “AcoustiSens helps by meeting the challenge of greatly increasing Rayleigh backscatter
Many land and undersea oil operations rely heavily on temperature sensing for improved safety and functionality in harsh environments. Silica-based optical fibers have been increasingly used for distributed temperature and acoustic sensing applications….In recent work, OFS performed an experimental
NKT Photonics is introducing the Koheras HARMONIK system: A high-power, frequency-converted and ultra-low noise laser system offering up to 7 W output. With a market leading low phase noise and narrow linewidth at 775-780 nm, it is ideal for ultracold atom applications.
For intrusion detection, OptaSense uses a distributed acoustic sensing setup that analyzes the Rayleigh scattering....The strain signature of a fiber-optic cable around 50 km long can be deconvolved to detect movement at distances of around 10 m from the fiber with a 1 m accuracy.
Focus, a leading German business magazine, ranked AP Sensing as one of its Top Employers of 2019. AP Sensing achieved the outstanding position of 11th in the industry segment of ‘machinery and equipment,' an important industry in Germany. The survey ranked 750,000 German companies.
At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. Jonathan Ajo-Franklin is using dark fiber to measure seismic signals. Dr. Ajo-Franklin’s team gained permission to access a section of a dark fiber network between Sacramento and Calusa, California.
We can tell where the leak is detected and when,” says Steven Koles, president of Hifi Engineering in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Hifi uses a specialized fiber-optic sensing technology to measure sound, temperature changes and kinetic energy – movement and vibration – in pipelines.
Legendary Railway Signaling and Telecom Engineers who completed five decades of serving across the world making significant contributions in the field of Railway Signaling and Telecom were honored….Global CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology Michael Thiel.
There is enormous potential for our DAS solutions to enable city authorities to improve traffic flows and gain new insights to manage road and transport networks better. [Fotech Solutions] partnered with the city of Calgary.
FOSA recognized Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) as a recipient of FOSA’s Champion of Innovation Award for 2018. The selection, based on the extraordinary leadership demonstrated by Hurd in the 115th Congress to make U.S. security programs more effective
FOSA, the nation’s premier trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, announced the election of five board members, as well as its officer slate for 2019, at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Washington DC.
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) recognized as recipients of FOSA’s Champion of Innovation Award for 2018. The selection was based on their extraordinary leadership in the 115th Congress to make U.S. security programs more effective through advanced technology.
FOSA applauds Transportation Technology Center, Inc. study Fiber Optic Availability and Opportunity Analysis for North American Railroads. “The findings of this Federal government study confirm that fiber optic sensing can make significant cost-effective contributions to enhancing rail safety,"
Fiber Optic Sensing Association urges Congress and the Trump Administration to move forward with development of standards for pipeline leak detection technology and other actions designed to enhance pipeline safety in the United States.
FOSA applauded the enactment of “Dig Once” legislation designed to facilitate the deployment along U.S. highways of fiber optic cables for purposes of extending broadband and fiber optic sensing networks.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the world’s premier trade association for distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS), today released a brief primer entitled FOSA Installation Considerations for Pipelines.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the nation’s premier trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, urged a House subcommittee today to provide greater funding to the Federal Railroad Administration for testing of advanced technologies to improve U.S. rail safety.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the world’s premier fiber optic sensing trade association, released details on more than 1,300 installations of distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) around the world. The November 2107 data reflects the largest representative sample ever published.
FOSA officer slate for 2018: Greg Williams, Prysmian, was elected to the Board, and Geoffroy Lacoin, Omnisens, Gordon Youle, OZ Optics, and Vivek Caroli, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA, Inc. were reelected, to serve 2-year terms. Mike Hines Mike Hines of OFS, rose from Vice Chair to Chair.
Fotech Solutions has entered a partnership with Sercel to jointly develop future borehole seismic and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) monitoring technology. Within the partnership, Fotech Solutions will contribute DAS measurement solutions.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the world’s premier fiber optic sensing trade association, today released details on more than 1,300 installations of distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) around the world. The data reflects the largest representative sample ever published.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) today applauded PHMSA Administrator nominee Howard Elliott’s focus on technology solutions to address safety issues, including in the pipeline and rail sectors.
Fiber Optic Sensing Association today applauded the U.S. Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for promoting research and development on pipeline safety, including taking the first step in developing a Recommended Practice document for external pipeline leak detection.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association announced the creation of a Technology Committee consisting of industry experts. As an initial activity, the committee will address fiber sensing installation considerations at a high level.
Fiber optic sensing solutions have been used for some time in a wide array of perimeter security applications to detect suspected intrusions. The slightest deviation in the beams of light that are sent through fiber optic cables, which are made up of thin strands of plastic or glass, makes them idea
Over the past few years, Fiber Optic Acoustic Detection (FOAD) has attracted a lot of attention throughout the global railway industry, Frauscher Sensor Technology officials say. By combining this technology with proven wheel detection systems and axle counters, the company has created a system call
Twelve companies have banded together to form a new trade association focusing on the fiber optic sensing business. The new group, the Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), officially launched on 24 April 2017, and is slated to hold its first public meeting on 17 May.
For both environmentalists and oil companies, last Thursday was a grim anniversary. April 20, 2017 marked the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which gushed 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf Mexico in the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. Preventing another
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the nation’s first trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, launched today with a focus on educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of this cutting-edge technology.
To increase productivity and improve ROI on fiber jobsites, the Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced the MT16 microtrencher. The cost-effective microtrencher creates an ideal trench in a single, quick and efficient pass when working with the Ditch Witch RT55 or R
Southern California Gas Company has officially announced that the company will be one of the first natural gas utilities in the United States to incorporate innovative fiber optic cable technology to detect impacts and leaks along its transmission and high-pressure pipeline system.