Seismic/Structural Monitoring Systems

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Overview

AES is a partner of Kinemetrics Inc., located in Pasadena California USA, a leader in the structural monitoring and earthquake instrumentation industry. AES has been providing Kinemetrics seismic and structural monitoring solutions in Thailand for more than 15 years.

In 1994 AES installed the first real-time structural monitoring system in Thailand on the Rama IX Bridge a single plane, cable-stayed bridge that spans the Choa Praya river in Bangkok, Thailand. Teaming with Kinemetrics, AES provided a turn-key solution based on the OASIS real-time structural monitoring software and Mt. Whitney Data Acquisition system, both manufactured by Kinemetrics.

Rama 9 Bridge

Additional Kinemetrics equipment is used locally in Thailand for the protection and seismic monitoring of the nations dams and other assets by the Electric Generating Authority of Thailand, Thai Meteorology Department, and Royal Irrigation Department. AES engineering teams provide the local expertise for these structural and seismic monitoring systems including design, installation, integration and support.

For over thirty-five years, Kinemetrics has been creating products for monitoring bridges, dams, structures, seismic arrays and networks, as well as systems for the nuclear power industry and is used in more than 90 countries. With a reputation for high-quality products and superior reliability Kinemetrics pays careful attention to customer service and satisfaction.

Kinemetrics’ instruments are used to monitor the seismic safety of many of the world’s most famous structures and world treasures, including New York’s Statue of Liberty, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Egypt’s Sphinx, Athens’ Parthenon and India’s Taj Mahal.

AES Staff Working at Rama 9 Bridge

Kinemetrics seismic monitoring sensors and systems include Aspen and Sierra environmental monitoring systems for the real-time detection and monitoring of earthquakes throughout the world. The Aspen system is based on the Antelope real-time seismic analysis software to provide 24 hours/7 days/week monitoring of seismic networks. It took nearly 20 man-years to develop Antelope software that is currently used by major data centers, such as IRIS and ORFEUS, as well as by many countries and universities around the world. The University of California in San Diego California uses the Antelope software to create a virtual seismic network of over 1,000 station and 5,000 sensors.

Currently, there are more than 60 licensed instances of Antelope running worldwide, including licenses at 30+ seismic networks/arrays. The flexibility of the software allows it to connect too many seismic stations throughout the world including one of the largest seismic networks in the world IRIS and has seismic stations in more than 30 countries. Countries currently using Kinemetrics seismic monitoring equipment in the region include US, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Russia. The newest real-time national seismic network in the region has been installed in Malaysia using the Kinemetrics Aspen Solution and Antelope seismic software package.