Automatic Weather Stations Play Important Role in Risk Management
01 August 2019
Landslides and flooding are just two examples of how extreme the weather at Jobsite can get, which is why a good meteorologist is so valuable here.
Since 2004, that good meteorologist has come in the form of the company’s system of Automatic Weather Stations (AWS), which measure and log precise weather data. The stations provide real-time measurements in the worst of conditions, giving PTFI a reliable, early-warning system of approaching storms.
The geographical conditions and heavy rainfall in Jobsite can often trigger landslides, so AWS units are deployed anywhere work is going on near slopes or riverbanks.
“When the data logger shows an impending danger, the early warning system detects it and employees working in that specific area will be notified to stop all work and get to a save place,” said Guritno Prasetyo, General Superintendent, - Geohydrology.
The AWS systems located at four different stations at PTFI measure rainfall intensity, temperature, sun radiation, humidity, and wind speed and direction. Data automatically is saved and can be accessed through the PTFI portal server.
“These devices play a very important role in the company’s risk management as part of the early warning system at Jobsite,” said Marlon Kambuaya, Data Compilation Abiotic Scientist. “Compared to traditional weather systems, they provide better, more accurate data, save energy, and can be used in remote areas under extreme weather conditions.”
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