GasFinder2-AB: Manned Aircraft Gas Detector

 

THE WORLD’S BEST SELLING AIRBORNE GAS DETECTOR

Boreal has been the industry leader in airborne gas detection systems for the last 16 years. The analyzer combines GPS location data to give highly accurate positioning for fugitive emission leaks. The live read-out display and alarm provide the operator with instantaneous gas concentration data.

What it Does

  • Provides immediate and unambiguous detection of the target gas in the ambient atmosphere
  • Our technology counts every target molecule in the measurement path to give a ppm concentration
  • The system combines the ppm concentrations, GPS coordinates, and associated diagnostic data for intuitive data interpretation

Uses and Functions

  • PPM concentrations available to the pilot in real-time
  • The system is autonomous so the pilot can focus on flying safely
  • Display/Alarm Module will sound audible alarm when ppm concentration hits alarm limit so pilot can turn around to investigate
  • Boreal can provide analytical reports with map overlays

 How it Works

  • The analyzer is housed inside the aircraft
  • Fibre optic cable carries the laser light from the analyzer to the measurement cell
  • The measurement cell is mounted underneath the aircraft
  • The laser makes 3 passes across the measurement cell to form the active measurement path
  • The laser does not leave the measurement cell
  • The laser light is then collected and the signal is carried back to the analyzer via coaxial cable
  • The analyzer then outputs a serial data string

 

 Data String & Map Overlay

HHMMSS, Latitude, Longitude, KM/H, PPM, R2, # of Satellites, Status Code

Benefits

  • No Interference with other gases and No False Alarms
  • Fast Response Times and No Memory Effects:much faster response than other gas detection technologies
  • Provides the best return on investment compared to any other system
  • Can be used in all weather conditions
  • Minimal Maintenance: checks internal reference cell every minute, robust design, and requires no consumables
  • Low cost of ownership
  • Free and Unlimited phone and email support

 System Components

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Max Altitude: 65m (200ft)
  • Max Speed: 185 km/h (115 mph)
  • Response Time (Scan Rate): 3 readings/sample per second
  • Ground Resolution: 5-10m (16-33ft)
  • Sensitivity: specification varies depending on gas and application
  • Accuracy: 2% of reading
  • Uncertainty: 5% of accuracy
  • Dynamic Range: 4 orders of magnitude
  • Measurement Path Length: 6m (20ft) w/ 3 passes
  • Light Source: Semiconductor Diode Laser
  • Typical Laser Output: ~10mW
  • Eye Safety: Class I or Class IIIa (ANSI) & FDA/CDRH approved
  • Analyzer Weight: 5.0 kg (11.0 lbs)
  • Measurement Cell Weight: 14.8 kg (32.5 lbs)
  • Analyzer Dimensions: (LxWxH): 260 x 200 x 160mm (10.2 x 7.9 x 6.3in)
  • Measurement Cell Dim: 1300 x 300 x 20mm (51.2 x 11.8 x 9.1in)
  • Data Output: Serial Communication (RS-232)
  • Power Requirement: 1A @ 12VDC
  • Ambient Temperature: -30°C to +40°C (-22°F to 104°F)

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TEST RESULTS

http://www.rmotc.doe.gov/Pdfs/ATSheli_PipelineLeakDet.pdf is an official DOE report on results obtained with a Boreal GasFinderAB system in Sept 2006 at the DOE’s Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC), Wyoming, USA.

The pipeline surveillance course at RMOTC is a simulated underground pipeline, 7.5 miles in length with 15 predetermined leak points. Leak points rates were blind to the testers and changed twice a day for the testing period. Following are statements taken directly from this independent report: “The (Boreal GasFinderAB) system consistently detected methane leak rates of 500, 100, 10-15, and 1.8 scfh. These leaks, including the 1.8 scfh leak, were detected an average of 75% of the time. The 75% translates to 90 % of all emitted gas volume. Few false positive and false negative leaks were identified. The system had no “down-time” and remained operational throughout the three-day test. Compared with the previous tests, the Boreal airborne methane detection system produced substantial improvement in gas leak detection making it a viable system for gas leak detection in the field.”

“The performance of the system substantially exceeded prior evaluated detection systems at RMOTC. The test demonstrated the system’s strengths in measuring minute levels of methane in the air. “

The (Boreal GasFinderAB) system consistently detected methane leak rates of 500, 100, 10-15, and 1.8 scfh. These leaks, including the 1.8 scfh leak, were detected an average of 75% of the time. The 75% translates to 90 % of all emitted gas volume.

 

ACCESSORIES

  • Bell 206B Mount

    Brackets to mount the Airborne cell on the bottom of a Bell 206B helicopter. A Canadian STC is also available for purchase.

    Bell-206B-Mounts

  • R44 Mount

    Quick mount bracket for the Airborne Cell on a R44. This configuration does not require any drilling, fastening, or STC. This mounting configuration is latched with the aircrafts grappling hook.

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  • Rugged Notebook PC

    Rugged Windows notebook computer for onsite data logging and display. Includes USB to serial cable, OEM documentation. GasView software is pre-installed when purchased. The make and model of USB GPS Attachments are subject to change.

    Rugged PC notebook

  • Rugged Tablet PC

    Rugged tablet PC for GasFinderAB data logging and transmission. Includes integral GPS, cell modem and vehicle mount. GasView software is pre-installed when purchased. The make and model of USB GPS Attachments are subject to change.

    Rugged Tablet

  • Measurement Cell Replacement Covers

    It is important to keep the cover of the measurement cell clean so that sufficient airflow takes place so the analyzer can make its measurements. The measurement cell covers are easily cleanable but there are instances that they cover become compromised. Need not worry, there are replacement covers.

    • Internal foam cover
    • External mesh cover
    • Extra large tie wraps

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  • Transportation/Storage Case

    Tough and rugged storage case for the GasFinderAB. Complete with rollers and handles for easy transportation.

    Specifications:

    Weight: 95kg (210lbs)

    Size (w x l x h): 1447.8 x 762 x 229mm (57” x 30” x 9”)

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  • Diagnostic and Troubleshooting Kit

    Basic diagnostic and troubleshooting kit for AB systems; includes: Visible laser module and cables, IR card, fibre connector cleaning tape.

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