Safety Assurance in High Stress Environments
Domain:Cyber Physical Systems
Funding Agency:National ICT R & D Fund
Partners:Lahore University of Management Sciences
Amount:Pak Rupees 14.59 million (USD 170,000)
Duration:March 2012-December, 2014
Harsh environments are those in which on one hand it is intrinsically difficult to provide communications, and on the other hand extreme or abnormal conditions following an accident or disaster, which can both destroy system components and radically alter environmental conditions in which the system must continue to operate. There can be a host of harsh environments like oil fields, gas fields, forests, chemical factories and underground mines etc. In this proposal we will be focusing on underground mine environment although our solution will be extendable to the other harsh environments as well. Safety assurance in the underground mine environment is a very peculiar and intricate task. A large number of human lives have been lost and huge financial losses have been sustained over the years because of the accidents in the different harsh environments especially in mines. Therefore, monitoring of the mines becomes very crucial in order to avoid accidents and to launch rescue operations in case of an accident. Pakistan is a country very rich of natural resources and consequently there are a lot of underground mines. Kheora salt mine, copper mines, Ther coal mines are just few examples of the minerals rich country. However, these underground mines are prone to accidents because of the extremely high temperatures, and potential loss of integrity of the structure holding the mine. These accidents (mainly collapses) result in a loss of valuable human lives on one part and disrupt the process of extraction on the other. Furthermore there is a large impact on the industry on which the extracted minerals are used as a fuel.
The aim of this project is to build a test bed for the monitoring of harsh environments. It will be used for monitoring the presence and/or concentration of toxic gases within harsh environments, monitoring structural integrity, detecting the collapse in case of accidents and localizing the collapses as well. We aim to build a test bed for these applications.
Upon successful completion of this project, we would be able to design and implement a test bed for harsh environment monitoring and accident detection. We would also be able to contribute towards scientific research with some quality research publications and/or creation and protection of intellectual property.