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Making of a Sensor Site – Alberta, Canada

Have you ever wondered how a Global Coherence Monitoring System (GCMS) is designed, built and maintained or what is the process of finding a site for a sensor, or how a sensor transmits data back to be analyzed by GCI scientists?

Here is an informative picture story that shows from start to finish the making of the Canada sensor site. Just scroll down to view the story.

Global Coherence Monitoring System

Global Coherence Monitoring System – 12 sensor sites strategically placed around the world, this one is in Beaumont, Alberta (Canada). Follow the story of its creation.

Sensor site technology

Beginning to build the inside technology of a sensor site to later ship to Canada.

Sensor site technology

Beginning to build the inside technology of a sensor site to later ship to Canada.

Field test Beaumont, Alberta

Field Test Beaumont, Alberta Nov. 2011, testing in the snow.

Field test Coronation, Alberta

Field Test Coronation, Alberta Spring, 2012 Field Test.

Sensor site location

This is the location where Canada sensor site was placed, a few hours south of Edmonton, Canada. It meets all the criteria and tested well.

Digging trenches

Digging Trenches, August 2012.

Wiring trenches

Long trenches dug for wiring.

Magnetometer installation

Started to install the magnetometers.

Second magnetometer installation

Installed the second magnetometer – Align with North/South and East/West.

Closing the hole

Starting to fill the hole in with sand. We use sand because it is better coupling to the Earth.

Magnetometer wiring

Wiring up the magnetometers – it takes a day to wire it.

Magnetometer wiring

Wiring up the magnetometers.

Magnetometer wiring

Wiring up the magnetometers.

Magnetometer wiring

Near completed wiring and the hole almost full.

Magnetometer wire connection

Connecting wire to the house.

System computer installation

Installing and wiring up the system computer and controller.

Data acquisition system

This is the system computer and the data acquisition system.

Connecting Magnetometer to system controller

Final wiring of connecting the magnetometer to the system controller.

Connecting Magnetometer to system controller

Final wiring of connecting the magnetometer to the system controller and looking inside the pipes.

Magnetometer cap installation

The last step! Installing the caps on the magnetometers.

Sensor Site completed

Canada’s Sensor Site is all completed!

Celebration!

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