UPDATE: How does your business or organization effectively do water resources management with Industrial IoT? Click here to see our customer’s web dashboard for easily monitoring water usage, water well levels / depths, and water flow meters.
Water is quite a valuable asset in a variety of industries, particularly the oil & gas industry as you’ll see in this write-up. How do you cost-effectively monitor water in gigantic ponds, tanks, wells, and pipes? Valarm is an easy to use and flexible solution for remote water monitoring and telemetry. Using maps, graphs, and APIs for sensor data with Valarm Tools Cloud you can quickly get your remote monitoring information exactly where you need it in real-time. This saves both time and money since personnel won’t need to drive to each site to take manual readings at regular intervals. Now the remote data is easily available on the web and has been uploaded using a pre-existing WiFi internet connection, meaning no additional connectivity and data fees! Makes for a really cost-effective way to manage remote assets and resources in the field. Here’s more on how Valarm does this for an upstream natural gas customer in Pennsylvania.
How easy is it for you to do this? In the photo above Edwardo’s deploying a Valarm remote monitoring unit for water well depth and flow telemetry. The pit has a Schneider Electric / Foxboro flowmeter that sends raw pulses/ ticks to a PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) sensor adapter in a nearby gray, weatherproof Valarm box. The box is below a solar panel used for powering the Valarm system as well as a long range WiFi antenna for connecting the water sensors to Valarm Tools Cloud. Inside each box there’s also a 4-20mA sensor adapter that connects to an In-Situ pressure transducer / water depth sensor, which reports real-time water well levels to Valarm. The water well access is in the middle of the photo with the dark green hat.
Below is a graph screenshot from Valarm Tools Cloud – tools.valarm.net of water usage as reported by the Foxboro flowmeter in the photo up top.
On the right Lorenzo’s holding desiccant and connecting an In-Situ pressure transducer to a Valarm compatible 4-20mA sensor adapter. Now there’s a cost and time savings since Valarm cuts down on driving and in-person visits to the water wells. Valarm Tools Cloud has all of this remote water data and improves the whole process making it more efficient and effective.
Also in this photo you see the same model blue Foxboro flow meter that was in the photo above. The majority of the pipes used by this upstream oil & gas customer are 3 inch pipes using a Foxboro 84W-L03S1SRTJF to monitor water flow. Now that this water flow data is available in the cloud, Seneca Resources has real-time knowledge of their water operations.
Here are the key components in the Valarm boxes, which you’ll need to get your remote water flow and depth data to Valarm Tools Cloud:
- Sensor hub connected to the internet via WiFi, ethernet, or other connectivity
- 4-20mA sensor adapter for getting water levels from a depth sensor
- PWM sensor adapter to count pulses / ticks on a water flow meter to know water usage
- Solar panel, solar charge controller, and large lead acid battery for getting power to the sensor system that send remote monitoring / telemetry information to tools.valarm.net.
- Spiders love to hang out around water wells and water pipes in Pennsylvania, be careful when loosening any nuts and bolts. Luckily we didn’t run into any snakes around the water pumps on this trip.
- The pull-up channel on the PWM sensor adapter is super useful and can reduce the need for building custom cables!
- A tiny rental car, Chevy Spark, is surprising able to handle rally driving in the field on spicy roads.
Next we’ll be deploying more Valarm units to remotely monitor water and more environmental factors in order to help our customers improve their effectiveness in managing their assets. See our customer stories page for more write-ups on how Valarm is used to monitor things like:
- Water quality (pH, conductivity, dissolved solids) in streams / rivers
- Tank levels for tanks of fluids and chemicals
- Water usage in California
- Water flow at fish farms and agriculture in Nebraska
- CO2 and gases using drones
- Water levels for the upstream oil & gas industry
- Mobile vehicles with sensors like air quality
- Noise and sound levels for the petroleum, oil & gas industry
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions!