ERA 'Student' set-up at Devon Great Consols mine
On Monday 29th March (2010) we (John and Trevor) visited the Higher Education Academy’s Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences Subject Centre based at the University of Plymouth. We met with John Maskall and Jason Truscott, and showed them the portable wireless network toolkit we’ve been developing in ERA.
Here is a video clip and some photos from the demo we did at the Devon Great Consols Mine.
Video and VoIP at Devon Great Consols Mine (38.8MB streaming video)
The demo team assemble their equipment
'Sherpa' team head out into the wet
ERA team in discussion at the accessible end of the site.
View from the accessible end to the spoil heap downhill
'Sherpa' team heads downhill, overlooked by the wifi router
Jason gives us a damp thumbs up from the top of the hill
Pathway from accessible area to main site
ERA team survey the arsenic bearing spoil heap
Uphill from the upper spoil heap to the accessible area
Towards the calciner from the upper spoil heap
Downward edge of the upper spoil heap
Standing water on the lower spoil heap
Across the site from the upper spoil heap
Abandoned machinery from a 1970's project to exploit remaining deposits in the spoil heap
From the derelict arsenic processing works to the spoil heaps
ERA team by remains of ore-grinding equipment
Closer to the derelict ore mill
From the ore mill to the spoil heaps
Jason by the ore mill
Ground ore was heated in this furnace building
The gasses resulting from the heated ore passed along covered channels into a 'calciner'.
Inside the calciner, purified arsenic condensed onto the interior walls
Workers chipped the cooled and solidified arsenic off the walls for use a a pesticide.
Crystals formed on the walls of the calciner
From the vehicle at the accessible area...
The 'Student' team view the site and talk to the 'Sherpas'
An additional IP camera provides an overview of the site
Although the site is not the most challenging from a moblility perspective...
... the South West's weather gave the ERA equipment a fair trial