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www.kimballcorp.com Click to edit Master title style Procedures to conduct Fuel Stockpile Inventories August 26, 2009 ARIPPA 19 th Annual Technical Convention
www.kimballcorp.com Items Covered Coal Pile Maintenance in Preparation for Stockpile Surveys Coal Pile Density Procedures Coal Pile Volume Procedures Summary and Questions
www.kimballcorp.com Efficient Management of Stockpiles Provide easy access to material Maximize load distance efficiency factor Attain stack/reclaim rates Meet blending requirements Maintain or improve uniformity, integrity, and quality Minimize manpower or equipment Safety Be able to deal with stockpile fires Reduce environmental impacts
www.kimballcorp.com Coal on stockpile Delivered and stacked as cone Rate of delivery determines number or shape of cones Kidney shape with moving stackout Or multiple cones All cones need to be moved For more deliveries Safety improvement Segregation reduction to preserve quality
www.kimballcorp.com Methods to avoid so moisture not increased Large flat stockpiles that allow little, if any, runoff Possibility of ponding on surface Pushing coal through low areas that have standing water while unloading/reclaiming Ground water levels higher than the pile or pile base
www.kimballcorp.com Beneficial Practices in controlling moisture Keep stable side slopes, while increasing maximum height over smallest area Avoid flat tops Enhance runoff by compacting surface AND side slopes Allow good drainage of the pile Reduce moisture content of incoming coal
www.kimballcorp.com Pile construction by Rubber-tired
www.kimballcorp.com Improved conditions=improved accuracy More consistent density Less moisture variability Less water means easier to move and easier to burn Consistent quality Less chance for fire Smoother surface easier for volumetric calculations Better burn rates
www.kimballcorp.com What to do for improving pile conditions Work the pile in consistent pattern Don’t rush due to time or amount of delivery Eliminate gullies from erosion Eliminate windrows Compact consistently across the pile Reduce amount of loose coal in cones Keep berms to minimum
Coal Pile Volume Procedures ASTM D6172-98 (reapproved 2004) Standard Test Method for Determining the Volume of Bulk Materials Using Contours or Cross Sections Created by Direct Operator Compilation using Photogrammetric Procedures.
www.kimballcorp.com Introduction On a continuing basis, coal companies, power generating stations, quarries, aggregate suppliers, and other entities need to know how much material is contained in stockpiles at facilities such as mines, quarries, processing plants, generating stations, landfills and other storage sites. Through the use of aerial photography, ground control surveys, and photogrammetric processes, stockpiles can be mapped and the volume of an inventory area can be determined.
www.kimballcorp.com Introduction This work usually requires a quick turnaround from the initial flight until the final volumes are calculated. Many times the photography must occur on a certain date or within a specified period. Coal stockpiles are usually needed within a short period of time, since they may be needed on an end of month and a mid-month basis. Landfills and quarries are usually needed within a month of aerial acquisition. Weather is always a concern.
www.kimballcorp.com What is Topographic Mapping? All mapping techniques use data collection points to approximate the mapped surface. Aerial mapping uses photographic pairs to determine data collection points. Conventional surveying uses horizontal angles, vertical angles, and distances to determine data collection points.
www.kimballcorp.com What is Topographic Mapping? (continued) The more data points and the selection of the data points used, the greater the accuracy. It is therefore important to have a system that allows for a rapid collection of many data points and coverage for the entire mapped surface.
www.kimballcorp.com Using the data points collected Creating a digital terrain model (DTM) DTM is actually the collection of mass data points which include spot elevations, and break/fault lines. From this a triangulated irregular network (TIN) is generated. The TIN is then used to create contours.
www.kimballcorp.com Calculating the volume To calculate the volume of data points collected you need to compare the base TIN file with the new TIN file. The base contour map is a digital file of the surface below the stockpile. The new contour map is a digital file of the data collected and calculated by the TIN. The difference of these two digital files is the volume of the stockpile.
www.kimballcorp.com Standards American Society of Testing and Material Standards American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Standards National Map Accuracy Standards National Coal Weighing and Sampling Association Needs
www.kimballcorp.com Rockwell Shrike Commander Aerial Photography Aerial Photography Needs USGS Calibrated Aerial Camera Black and White or Color Film Contact Prints or Digital Files Film Diapositives or Digital Scans Photo Enlargements
www.kimballcorp.com Photogrammetry The illustration shows how an aircraft flies along a flight line (represented on the ground by a dashed line in the illustration) and takes overlapping photographs. The dark gray area shows the overlap area.
www.kimballcorp.com Ground Control Permanent, Recoverable Horizontal and Vertical Positions are desired Minimum Four Points Photo Identifiable or Targeted XY Coordinate System: State Plane, or a Local Plant System. Vertical Control: North American Vertical Datum, or a Local Plant System
www.kimballcorp.com Ground Control Global Positioning System (GPS) is used to obtain the Ground Control for many projects today. However, some projects, such as stockpile inventories, often require more conventional methods due to the specific requirements of the project.
www.kimballcorp.com Ground Control Stockpile inventory mapping requires accurate points surveyed on the ground to ensure accurate mapping. In addition to photo identifiable points, they can be marked on the ground with plastic targets or markers that are visible in the aerial photographs.
www.kimballcorp.com Stockpile Limits and Base Map Stockpile limit Delineation by Client Photo Enlargements, Contact Prints or Digital Scanned Images are submitted for Client marking and verification Base Map Confirmation by Client Client provides Base Map, usually in Digital Format. If not in digital format, it will need to be digitized or created in a mutually acceptable method Aerial Photo of a Coal Mine with “Raw” and “Clean” Piles outlined.
Photogrammetry Upon review and approval of (1) the aerial photography, (2) the ground control information, (3) the delineated stockpile limits, and (4) the digital base map data, the Digital Stereocompilation begins. The aerial photography is stereoscopically introduced to an Analytical Plotter or Digital Soft Copy Workstation. The ground control data is used to accurately orient the stereoscopic imagery and a photogrammetric solution is established for the data collection of the imagery. The Digital Stereo Mapping Technician compiles the required data according to the project specifications. The Technician collects necessary mass points and breakline data, sufficient to generate a Digital Terrain Model (DTM). The DTM is used to generate a TIN (Triangulated Irregular Network).
www.kimballcorp.com Photogrammetry The stereo technician is using the latest digital synthetic stereo viewing technology to view the overlap area in 3D. This technology allows her to digitally map the terrain in three dimensions.
www.kimballcorp.com Volume Calculation To calculate the volume of the new stereo collected stockpile, the base elevation TIN file is compared with the new stereo compiled elevation TIN file. It is important that the new elevation data meets with the base file data at the toe of the pile. The difference of these two digital files is the volume of the stockpile. The volume is generated and a Report is prepared and delivered.
www.kimballcorp.com Summary Aerial Photography Ground Control Stockpile Limit Delineation Base Map Verification Photogrammetric Stereo Compilation Volume Determinations
www.kimballcorp.com Thank You Summary and Questions