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|SENSYS is happy to announce the release of a new member of our software family. To keep up with the new developments and improvements of our MX system and to meet the increasing demands of the market the MonMX software has been re-engineered. The new MonMX4 software is ready for all new devices that may come up in the future without dismissing the proven concepts of the predecessors.|
I use a previous version of MonMX. Should I switch to MonMX4?
If you use the MonMX 3.xx you will welcome the fact that switching to MonMX4 would make the synchronisation procedure unnecessary. This has been overcome by an automated synchronization process.
In case you plan to increase your fleet of survey devices and like the idea of a unified operation MonMX4 is worth having a look.
In cooperation of BLM Bohrlochmessung Storkow GmbH SENSYS has developed the MagSoil system within 4 months. MagSoil is a susceptibility measurement system, which can be used for quality assurance when back-filling geothermal boreholes. In the past, caused by improper or inadequate back-filling cavities in the area of the borehole remained, which led to declines or exchange movements of earth and water layers. As a result, there wereto elevations or depressions in urban areas causing serious structural and financial damages.
In Baden-Württemberg already required by law, drilling companies using the MagSoil system to pull the miniaturized probe directly inside the geothermal system pipes to monitor the filling process using magnetically doted material.
On invitation of Dr. George Crothers, director of the William S.Webb Museum of Anthropology and Associate Professor with the University of Kentucky, SENSYS conducted an archaeological survey near Lexington, Kentucky. This survey had two main objectives: first, to extend, supplement and confirm the findings revealed by a previous survey using a single-channel magnetometer at 15Wd2, which the official name of that site is as assigned by the Kentucky Office of State Archaeology (KOSA). On the other hand, this exploration was intended to prove the efficiency, accuracy and speed that the system MXPDA offers. Both goals were achieved. In just 8 hours, a third of 15WD2 which comprises approximately 10 hectares was surveyed. The data obtained confirmed the findings of a map from 1760 which is in possession of the researchers. The results provide archaeologists with an accurate, geo-referenced map to plan their further work. Dr. Crothers was not only pleased with the amount of data that could be obtained in such a short time, the quality of the data and the speed of analysis convinced him as well. At the request of Dr. Crothers the device remains at the University ready for more field work of Dr. Crothers and his team.
In 2013, the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS) based in Rethymno, Crete (belonging to the research units of the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH)) purchased an 8 channel MX V3 survey system from SENSYS. With the requirement of having a modular approach to do small size by hand as well as open large areas supported by vehicle, one system had to cover both tasks. That way, SENSYS came up with the modular carrier system MX Type E and new electronic to support up to 16 magnetometer probes, GPS, synchronization of probes and coordinates as well as a LAN output to use of-the-shelf computer as end user devices.
Since the delivery of the system to Rethymno in August 2013, the IMS FORTH carried out various prospections. One of those sites is the Pherai, one of the most important cities of Thessaly. The picture on left below shows a magnetic map generated at the site revealing parallel roads of the city.
(Source: IMSFORTH, 2014)
The other site is Zerelia (picture up right), a well known site of prehistoric Thessaly. It was originally excavated by Wace and Thompson in the beginning of the 20th century (1908). The prospection done by IMS FORTH reveals the paleo-environment around a Neolithic settlement.
The survey team of IMS FORTH values the flexibility and accuracy of the survey system. With their intensive feedback given throughout their projects, SENSYS is continuously improving further.
On invitation of the University of Gent, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering SENSYS took the opportunity to introduce the MXPDA system in a field demo near Gent.
Dr. Timothy Saey, member of the Research Group Soil Spatial Inventory Techniques, explained that the group has to survey huge areas in complete new application- battlefield archaeology. While previous systems were tailored either to fit the needs of UXO detection or the requirements of an archaeological survey the system used for that task has to bring together the best of both worlds.
The test range of the faculty is reflecting the requirements of the research group. The demonstration revealed that the MAGNETO MXPDA system was the first one tested so far that showed even the faintest objects of the range as Dr. Saey stated. Subsequently the University of Gent ordered a MXPDA system which has been tailored to the special needs of the Dr. Saey’s team.
On behalf of Ms. Margarita Torrione, professor of Spanish History at the Universite de Savoie SENSYS conducted an archaeological prospection from November 9th to 11th 2013 near Osorno in northern Spain. Attracted by the very successful deployment of SENSYS devices and technicians in the nearby La Olmeda one year earlier Ms. Torrione entrusted SENSYS with the prospection of this area of 23 hectare.
The prospection revealed a pre Roman settlement - "Dessobriga". Furthermore an important system of fortifications as well as a necropolis were revealed, dating from the Iron II. Due to the previously carried out survey work by SENSYS, the archaeological excavations are continuing successfully on this ancient Celtic and Roman site, which revealed findings from the eighth century BCE up to findings from the third century CE (www.dessobriga.com).
The deployed device, the new generation MAGNETO® MXcompact, has been developed exactly for these kinds of application and has proven its worth during this deployment with 14 fluxgate gradiometer on a survey swath of 4 meters. The excellent data quality as well as the positive feedback of our clients makes us confident to be on the right track developing high resolution survey devices.
With the delivery of the MAGRay detection system SENSYS raised the standards for precise UXO surveys in the offshore area. The MAGRay contains a modified EIVA Scanfish III ROTV that allows very stable underwater flights due to its hydrodynamic design. The intelligent control and 3D wings enable the ROTV to run an independent track from the ships course. A fixly mounted kite behind the ROTV contains up to 20 SENSYS triaxial fluxgates magnetometer (type FGM3D UW) which produce more than 1,000 measurement points every second. Thus the systems offers a new dimension of data density for underwater surveys. By combining various positioning systems like AHRS, USBL, INS and DGPS the referencing of every measurement points is close to a sub meter range. That will improve clearance activities in terms of time and budget. Higher survey speeds, a flexible software package and interface to third party tools are making the MAGRay an outstanding package.
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For several years now, SENSYS supplies various European armies with UXO detection equipment like the MAGNETO software, the DLM98 datalogger and the bomb locator SBL10. These SENSYS products were now assigned a NSN – a National Stock Number (also know as NATO Stock Number).
This number is recognized by all NATO countries and is used to identify all the 'standardized material items of supply'. However, many countries that use the NSN program are not members of NATO, e.g. Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
An archaeological prospection of the roman Villa La Olmeda in Saldaña (Spain) was carried out by SENSYS from 22nd to the 25th of October 2012. The project originated in a collaboration of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg (Germany) and the Catalan Institute for Classical Archaeology (ICAC) inTarragona (Spain). SENSYS mainly surveyed the direct surroundings of the roman villa La Olmeda as well as some additional areas. Two systems were used for the prospection. First the MAGNETO® MX ARCH System (16-Channel-System) was used for all areas that were accessible by car. Second the MAGNETO® MXPDA ARCH System (5-Channel-System) was used for all areas that were not accessible by car. A total of roundabout 30 ha was surveyed in three days.
The detected archaeological structures (e.g. structures of buildings) can give detailed information on the ancient surroundings of the roman villa and on the impact of the roman culture in Spain. A detailed evaluation of the results will be published in spring 2013 at the International Congress of Roman Archaeology inMerida (Spain).
On the occasion of 100 years of cosmic rays, the research center DESY invited to an international manned conference in Bad Saarow from 6th to 8th of August.
Movie maker and producer Jan-Peter Hamann was looked for an eye-catching place for his interviews and was lucky finding SENSYS to integrate the historical satellite earth station Neu Golm as coulisse for its documentation.
Beside nobel prize winner James Cronin, Dr. Catherine Cesarsky and Francis Halzen (Initiator of the IceCube Project), Prof. Sir Arnold Wolfendale were suprised by our side and enjoyed talking about cosmic rays and their projects while sitting on the roof beneath the satellite antenna!
SENSYS took the next step and is now offering the FGM3D TD measurement kit with extended sampling rate, going up from 2.4 kHz to 6.3 kHz! Thus and the possibility to customize our three-axis FGM3D fluxgates to customers specific needs open up new fields of surveys, lab tests and industrial applications.
In order to complete the portfolio for the three-axis magnetic field sensor FGM3D, SENSYS developed a measurement kit FGM3D TD containing an electronic to log and digitize the measurement data, as well as continuously supply power to the probe. The kit also consists of an analysis software with an easy to use interface that makes it a fundamentale equipment for all labs, schools and universities to precisely measure and interprete the Earth's magnetic field in all three axis.