GeoGuard is an innovative end-to-end GNSS service for continuous monitoring of structures and ground deformation..
GeoGuard service includes hardware and activities specifically designed for monitoring the displacements and deformations of structures and ground on selected points, customized to different application scenarios, by means of accurate price-competitive GNSS positioning with centimeter-level accuracy in near real-time, or millimeter-level accuracy for daily/sub-daily solutions.
Preliminary inspection of the site to be monitored, in order to design the most appropriate solution.
Deployment of the survey infrastructure, consisting of GeoGuard monitoring units, based on the characteristics of the site.
Connectivity configuration between the survey infrastructure and GeoGuard Cloud.
GeoGuard Cloud is the infrastructure where data is collected and processed. The positioning and management data are provided to the customer's information systems
Online help desk service, to support the customer in daily operations.
Design, implementation and management of customized solutions based on the customer's business needs.
From today until 2030, an estimated $ 57 trillion in infrastructure investments. $ 400 billion a year could be saved by getting more out of existing capacity.
Accurate and timely measurements of the geometry of critical infrastructure ensure these results and help in the prevention of catastrophic failures and in the reduction of insurance costs*.
Economic losses due to natural disasters (landslides, floods, earthquakes and droughts) since 2000 are on the order of $ 2.5 trillion**.
An adequate monitoring system facilitates the development of hazard prediction to mitigate or eliminate the risk, thus promoting management strategies.
GeoGuard is designed to address and respond to social and industrial challenges:
Precise and timely measurements to predict hazards and mitigate or eliminate risks. In particular for:
uplift due to natural phenomena or production/storage of oil & gas •
landslides and river floods •
extreme weather events •
Precise and timely measurements of the infrastructure movements and deformations. In particular for:
• travel (eg. bridges, airports, harbors, railways)
• water distribution (eg. water tanks, pipelines)
• energy (eg. dams for hydro power plants, penstoks, towers for high voltage, wind farms)
• domestic security for military purpose (eg. radars, radio systems)
• telecommunication infrastructure (eg. data, cellular and broadcasting network towers)
• oil&gas transportation and storage
• cultural heritage and large stadiums preservation
* McKinsey Global Institute, Infrastructure Practices January 2013
** UNISDR 2013 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR13)
The architecture of the GeoGuard system consists of two main components:
It is based on newly developed competitively priced GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receivers. The detection infrastructure consists of one or more GMUs, integrated with additional detection equipment according to the customer's needs, permanently installed on the object to be monitored.
It is the system that collects and organizes data from GMU, verifies the integrity of the data flow, performs the processing of positioning data to obtain and analyze the deformations.
A GMU is a remote terminal unit specifically designed to operate in harsh environments. It can be powered anywhere, as it runs on AC, DC or solar power. GeoGuard Cloud can remotely manage the units via two-way communication. The GMU unit contains:
The core of the GeoGuard service receives and processes data from the survey infrastructure and provides the customer with time series on the location of points, displacement and deformation information. It consists of the following functions:
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