d-GMM

The d-GMM is a single channel Ground Movement Monitor that can be used to measure deformation or displacement in many different configurations. The instrument is designed to measure extension although since the shaft is flexible it can accommodate eccentric loading or shear. The d-GMM can be configured as a crack monitor or can be used for structural monitoring of shafts, headframes or barricades or as a closure station.

The d-GMM, is a magnetostrictive displacement sensor with a resolution of 0.01mm and a range of 145 - 290mm. The non-contact sensing technology is completely sealed against the environment and is fully temperature compensated. It has an on-board microcontroller running YieldPoint’s proprietary d-Tech signal processing and transmission technology to provide a high precision single point displacement sensor.

The microcontroller provides linearization, temperature compensation and outputs an ASCII encoded RS485 signal digital signal. Output signals can be transmitted over 250m/900ft without distortion. Each instrument is individually calibrated to ensure that the resolution (<0.01mm) and accuracy (0.25% typical) are an order of magnitude better than for similarly priced technology.

The digital form of the signals eliminates the necessity for expensive analog-to-digital conversion and results in low cost monitoring peripherals that output data in real world units (mm and degC). The instrumental is fully compatible with d-Logger, 1for1 radio and BluLink.

Specifications:
  • Borehole size: 30mm+
  • Core Technology: magnetostrictive displacement sensor
  • Output Signal: RS485 serial (9600,8,N,1) ASCII-encoded digital signal.
  • Stroke (F.S.): 145mm, 250mm. Temp: -40 to 125°C
  • Displacement Resolution: 0.01mm with hand held readout
  • Displacement Linearity: typically 0.25% F.S
  • Displacement Accuracy: better than +/- 0.5mm.
  • Temperature Range: –40 – 125°C
  • Temperature Accuracy: +/- 2°C –Digitally trimmed at 0°C and 25°C
  • Temperature Resolution: 0.1°C
  • Temp coeff for eddy current sensor : <0.01%FS/°C (0-50°C)
To order please specify:
  • Lead wire length
  • Lead wire polyethylene cover length
Features:
  • Individually calibrated for highest accuracy
  • High accuracy (0.5% FS) and resolution (0.01% FS)
  • Digital (d-Tech) 145mm stroke length
  • Individual calibration with coefficients stored in memory
  • RS485 Output signal (9600, 8, N, 1) ASCII encoded
  • Micr°Controller provides output in real-world units (mm and °C)
  • Unique ID facilitates plug-and-play networking
  • Digital temperature sensor for accurate compensation
  • Magnetostrictive, non-contact technology for immunity to hostile environments
  • Easy to interface with data loggers (d-LOGGER), Ethernet and radio telemetry
  • Competitively priced
Manual readout:

YieldPoint’s low-cost d-Reader readout unit or the new d-TAB. Both provide the temperature and displacement data directly in °C and mm.

Data logging:

Data from the d-GMM can be collected using YieldPoint’s d-Logger dataloggers (d1Logger and d4Logger). The d-GMM is also compatible with BluLink and YieldPoint’s BluPoint app.

Automated data retrieval:

Clusters of instruments (4 per Logger) can be monitored using YieldPoint’s d4Logger or BluGateway.

  • BluPoint compatible.
  • 1for1 radio: a 900MHz wireless mesh solution.
  • IoT GateWay if Ethernet is available.

Case Study 1: Monitoring rock bolt loading at mid-pillar

YieldPoint's d-GMM is becoming widely used to monitor movements in salt and potash mines. The hermetically sealed design resists the harsh environment. The d-GMM can be configured as either (i) a closure station, or (ii) a roof monitoring station. Alternatively the d-GMM can be used to monitor any structure that may be moving and potentially unstable. Increasingly YieldPoint is providing salt and potash mines with 900MHz d-Mesh telemetry which transmits particularly well in room and pillar mines.

d-GMM monitoring a structure in a potash Mine.
Displacement measured by d-GMM in mm. The data is collected using d4loggers.