SuperSting™ Wi-Fi

Electrical Resistivity Imaging (ERI) - Fast Surveys - Rugged Instrumentation - Laboratory Precision

The SuperSting™ with Wi-Fi® is a resistivity, induced polarization (IP) and self-potential (SP) portable instrument with memory storage and user defined measure cycles. It provides the highest accuracy and lowest noise levels in the industry.

Five Versions available

SuperSting R1/IP/SP Wi-Fi: Single channel version

SuperSting R2/IP/SP Wi-Fi: Two channel version

SuperSting R4/IP/SP Wi-Fi: Four channel version

SuperSting R6/IP/SP Wi-Fi: Six channel version

SuperSting R8/IP/SP Wi-Fi: Eight channel version

Future Proof

  • Straight forward pricing. No additional fees for upgrading. Only pay the difference.
  • All SuperSting versions are upgradeable to a max of 8 channels.
  • You can upgrade at any time via email, phone or online. License code will be sent to you electronically.
  • Permanent Upgrade. No yearly licensing fees. You pay once and own it forever.
  • No need to send your instrument to the factory to upgrade.
  • As your business grows you can expand your capabilities.
  • Everything is modular i.e. increase channels, multiple SwitchBoxes.
  • Buy only what you need to get the job done and upgrade for faster speed later by adding more channels.
  • Example
    • Customer purchases SuperSting R1 at the lowest price point. 
    • Then after performing several projects contacts AGI to purchase 2 or more additional channels.
    • Customer enjoys benefit of speed of additional channels and shorter survey times.
    • Summary: Customer realizes increased revenue from a small initial cost then increases revenue further by adding more channels for faster survey speed.

Tried and True

The SuperSting line of instruments were the first in the industry to have multi-channel capability. The latest generation of SuperSting Wi-Fi is built on a platform that has been continually improved upon with more capability and features. The design has been thoroughly field tested on every extreme environment on Earth and has been utilized in over 700 peer reviewed journal articles around the world.

Internal Transmitter

The SuperSting uses a built-in power transmitter and can be used for traditional vertical electrical sounding (VES), mise-a-la-masse measurements or multi-electrode electrical tomography in 2D, 3D and 4D (time lapse). Other applications are borehole-to-borehole tomography, boat towed marine surveys and underwater measurements in rivers, lakes, dams and the sea to investigate bottom conditions.

Earth Resistivity Imaging and Measurement Equipment

Scan and Image the subsurface of the Earth and visualize the results in 2D slices and 3D volumes in terms of resistivity (a bulk electrical property of all material). Electrical resistivity of material determines its ability to resist electrical current flow through it.

Induced Polarization Imaging (IP) and Measurement

Scan and Image the subsurface of the Earth in 2D slices and/or 3D volumes in terms of Induced Polarization. Induced polarization is a measure of a materials capacitance or rate of dissipation of stored electrical charge. Few materials exhibit this property in the natural world. Some examples are graphite, Sulfides, DNAPL, LNAPL, cholorinated solvents, some clays. This uniqueness makes it the tool for mineral exploration, groundwater pollution detection and monitoring, as well as delineating clay from groundwater as water has very little IP

SP Measurements

SP measurements are often lumped together under the banner of SP although there are distinct methods:

Streaming Potential is a phenomena where fluid, usually in the groundwater, surface water or flowing through an obstacle like a dam or levee, will carry ions downstream creating a separation of charges. A separation of charges is also known as a potential or voltage. This makes the method ideal for finding paths of leakage such as in a dam or levee, water retention liners, water intrusion in underground and above ground mines.

Spontaneous Potential (aka Self Potential) is a natural occuring polarization in the Earth. Often these natural occuring polarizations are due to electrochemical process linked to massive ore bodies. It is a non-intrusive method that requires the use of non-polarizing electrodes.

Supported measurement arrays:

  • Dipole-dipole (1, 4, 8 channel)
  • Bipole-bipole (1, 4, 8 channel)
  • Pole-bipole (1, 4, 8 channel)
  • Pole-Pole (1, 4, 8 channel)
  • Gradient (1, 4, 8 channel)
  • StrongGradient™ (1, 4, 8 channel)
  • EdgeGradient™ (1, 4, 8 channel)
  • Radial Dipole-Dipole
  • Inverse Schlumberger (4 channel)
  • Mixed arrays
    • Dipole-Dipole-Gradient (1, 4, 8 channel)
    • Wenner-Schlumberger (1, 4, 8 channel)
  • Schlumberger (single channel only)
  • Wenner (single channel only)
  • User programmable arrays of any kind.

Application Versatility

The SuperSting is a versatile instrument that can be applied to any field situation. Some interesting applications (not a complete list):

  • Karst Geology: Sinkholes, caves, voids, pinnacles
  • Marine measurements at 1km depth in the ocean
  • On tree trunks
  • Vertical walls
  • Inside tunnels
  • Over pyramids
  • Locating graves
  • CO2 sequestration time lapse monitoring
  • dams and levees
  • marine dredging (the entire Panama Canal was imaged in 3D)
  • borehole tomography
  • landfills (compaction purposes/gas methane/finding extent of old landfills)
  • Mine leach piles (get every ounce with leaching)
  • Gold exploration (both placer and massive sulfides)
  • Mineral exploration
  • Sand and gravel aggregate
  • Industrial Minerals

Active and Passive Electrode Cable Systems

SuperSting can function with two types of AGI multi-electrode cables, the passive type and the active type.

Passive cables utilizes a central switch box and a multi-conductor cable where one conductor goes to each electrode.

Active cables utilizes electronic switching at each electrode and therefore can be made with fewer conductors allowing for a thinner cable OD. The receiver (potential) conductors are shielded to prevent external noise. The transmitter (current carrying) conductors are very thick so that the condutor resistance is minimized. The transmitter conductors internal resistance is in series with the ground contact resistance and can significantly lower the transmitting current if small conductors are used.

Non-polarizable Dual-mode active cables

An advantage with the active cables is that for each electrode location, there is a take-out for a stainless steel electrode and a non-polarizable potential electrode. The instrument will automatically pass the transmitted electrical current through the stainless steel electrode and measure potential (IP) through the non-polarizable electrode (patent 6,404,203).

PowerSting External Transmitter (5kW, 10kW, 15kW)

For deep surveys or other applications where high power is required, the SuperSting can be used with the AGI PowerSting™ external current transmitter. The PowerSting is available in a 5 kW, 10 kW or 15 kW version.

PowerSting Nodes

The PowerSting Nodes work in concert with the high power PowerSting External Transmitters. High Power induced polarization (IP) and resistivity tomography using the AGI PowerSting Node System for  high power automatic switching. Typical systems range from 2.7km to 5.5km in length.

Why Wi-Fi and Android?

  • Mobility: free yourself from having to monitor the survey at the instrument console on the ground.
  • Share data: send data immediately to your processing center, office, colleagues and clients.
  • Comfort: you can work from the comfort of your vehicle up to 100 meters away (depending on terrain and atmospheric conditions). Find a comfortable spot to sit in the shade.
  • Alerts: Receive alerts when the survey is about to complete
  • Real Time Quality Assurance: Check your data as it is being collected. Spot trouble before having wasted precious field time.
  • Zero boot-up time: No more waiting for Windows to boot up. Android devices are instantly ON and ready to work for you.
  • Long battery life: Android devices typically offer longer battery life than laptops
  • Sunlight readable: Most Android devices today are all sunlight readable unlike your laptop.

Android

Leverage the power of Android™ mobile 7-inch or 10-inch tablets or phones. Use 3rd party apps like Google Earth, DropBox Cloud Storage, PushBullet file transfer to extend your field work experience.

Check the electrode contact resistance and save it to a file. Control the SuperSting from far away, review data in real time, and display pseudosections in stunning colors on Android tablets and phones with sunlight readable AMOLED screens.

SuperSting Manager App

Item Description
Device Used with various Wi-Fi capable Android devices such as mobile phones, phablets, mini-tablets, and tablets. 
Recommended for tablets; the App may not render properly on all handset devices.
Minimum Android™ version API 9, Gingerbread 2.3 or above.
Functions All functions performed using the SuperSting’s keypad can be performed using the App’s GUI with the exception of baud rate setting.
Real time quality assurance Color pseudo-section plot, transmitter/receiver pair plot, IP curve plot, contact resistance test results, real time data review.
Data storage Data storage on Android devices is typically in Gigabyte range, meaning essentially unlimited storage space is available. Cloud Storage is also available through 3rd party Apps.
Data transfer Data transfer by email, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct and by USB port file transport.
Wi-Fi range Up to 100 m, depending on terrain & atmospheric conditions (more than 140m have been achieved).

 

Item Description
Measurement modes Apparent resistivity, resistance, induced polarization (IP),SP and battery voltage.
Measurement range +/- 10Vp-p.
Measuring resolution Max 30 nV, depends on voltage level.
Screen resolution 4 digits in engineering notation.
Transmitter 200W internal transmitter; 5kW, 10kW and 15kW external transmitters also available (see separate brochure)
Output current 1 - 2000 mA continuous, measured to high accuracy.
Output voltage 800 Vp-p, actual electrode voltage depends on transmitted current and ground resistivity.
Input channels Three models available; 8, 4 or 1 channel
Input gain ranging Automatic, always uses full dynamic range of receiver.
Input impedance >150 MOhm.
SP compensation Automatic cancellation of SP voltages during resistivity measurement. Constant and linearly varying SP cancels completely (V/I and IP measurements).
Type of IP measurement Time domain chargeabilitiy (M), six time slots measured and stored in memory.
IP current transmission ON+, OFF, ON-, OFF.
IP cycle times 0.5, 1, 2, 4 and 8 s.
Measure cycles Running average of measurement displayed after each cycle. Automatic cycle stops when reading errors fall below user set limit or user set max cycles are done.
Resistivity cycle times Basic measure time is 0.2, 0.4, 0.8, 1.2, 3.6, 7.2 or 14.4 s as selected by user via keyboard. Autoranging and commutation adds about 1.4 s.
Signal processing Continuous averaging after each complete cycle. Noise errors calculated and displayed as percentage of reading.Reading displayed as resistance (dV/I) and apparent resistivity (ohmm or ohmft). Resistivity is calculated using user entered electrode distances.
Noise suppression Better than 100 dB at f >20 Hz.
Better than 120 dB at power line frequencies (16 2/3, 20, 50 & 60 Hz) for measurement cycles of 1.2 s and above.
Total accuracy Better than 1% of reading in most cases (lab measurements). Field measurement accuracy depends on ground noise and resistivity.
Instrument will calculate and display running estimate of measuring accuracy.
System calibration Calibration is done digitally by the microprocessor based on correction values stored in memory.
Supported configurations In manual mode: Resistance, Schlumberger, Wenner, dipole-dipole, pole-dipole and pole-pole.
In automaticode: Any configuration can be programmed via command fie.
Operating system Stored in re-programmable flash memory. Updated versions can be downloaded from our web site and stored in the flash memory.
Data storage Full resolution reading average and error are stored along with user entered coordinates and time of day for each measurement. Storage is effected automatically in a job oriented file system.
Data display Apparent resistivity (Ohmmeter), current intensity (mA) and measured voltage (mV) are displayed and stored in memory for each measurement.
Data can also be displayed on an Android device in real time as bright color pseudosections, IP curves, transmitter/receiver plot, contact resistance measurements &Amp; more.
Memory capacity Virtually unlimited data storage in real time on controlling Android device.
The internal SuperSting memory can store more than 79,000 measurements (resistivity mode) and more than 26,000 measurements in combined resistivity/IP mode.
Data transmission Data can be instantaneously transferred from the Android device by email or by file transfer from the Android device USB port. 
RS-232C channel available to dump data from instrument to a Windows type computer on user command.
Automatic multi-electrodes The SuperSting is designed to run dipole-dipole, pole-dipole, pole-pole,gradient, Wenner and Schlumberger surveys including roll-along surveys completely automatic with the patented Dual Mode Automatic Multi-electrode system (patent 6,404,203) or a passive electrode cable system.
The SuperSting can run any other array by using user programmed command files. These are ASCII files that can be created using a regular text editor. The command files are uploaded to the SuperSting RAM memory and can at any time be recalled and run as a survey.
User controls 20 key tactile, weather proof keyboard with numeric entry keys and function keys.
On/Off switch
Measure button, integrated within main keyboard.
LCD night light switch (push to illuminate).
Keyboard and LCD are mirrored to an Android™ device using Wi-Fi® technology for easy remote control of the SuperSting.
Display Graphics LCD display (16 lines x 30 characters) with night light.
Android mobile phone screen (7”) or 10” Android tablet with bright color AMOLED display.
Power supply, field 12V or 2x12V DC external power, connector on front panel.
Optional AC/DC power supply and motor generator.
Power supply, office DC power supply.
Operating time Depends on survey conditions and size of battery used. Internal circuitry in auto mode adjusts current to save energy.
Operating temperature -25 to +50°C.
Weight 10.9 kg (24 lb)
Dimensions Width 184 mm (7.25"), length 406 mm (16";) height 273 mm (10.75").

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SuperSting™ is a trade mark of Advanced Geosciences, Inc.