Symroc expands from earthquake prediction applications to industrial risk control solutions


Natural disasters represent a major threat to infrastructure, industries, and human civilization. That is why the scientific and technological communities have always paid close attention to research related to earthquake prediction. The R&D team at Symroc, an innovative technology company in Canada, has developed an earthquake monitoring solution based on high-performance ultra-low frequency sensing technology. It has been applied to oil wells and natural gas extraction operations, and has been tremendously successful in many cases.

Symroc was initially founded to resolve two key issues. First, the limitations of sensing technology make it difficult to verify stratum movements. Interpretations based on poor data also cause misjudgments, false alarms, waste of time and costs to do repeated inspections. All of these issues are causing major headaches for the industry. Second, building a comprehensive vibration detection system possessing high-precision sensors and data analysis capabilities would require heavy investment.

Cost effective, real-time, and ultra-high quality sensing technology shapes a successful business model

Symroc's innovative geological vibration sensors feature innovative patented industrial designs and technologies, allowing them to simultaneously resolve the two aforementioned issues. Its cost advantages and ultra-high quality sensing results are highly praised by customers and users for their outstanding sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio, precision, and timeliness in real-time data transmission.

At present, Symroc already boasts unique experience and designs for dealing with strong and weak seismic wave detections, early earthquake warnings, land sliding and slope monitoring in civil engineering, and other related applications.

Using vibration signal detection to facilitate machine maintenance and efficient malfunction diagnosis

Symroc has also entered the industrial applications field and actively developed risk control solutions to predict shutdown maintenance schedules, misdiagnosis, etc. for machines and other critical facilities and structures. Take the Canadian Pacific Railway as an example. It uses Symroc's technology to detect rail wear and tear as well as fractures. This helps the company to adopt a partial replacement method and save millions in replacement costs. The technology also allows the Canadian Pacific Railway to collect the continuously-updated first-hand vibration data, which are vital to safety assessment and data analysis.

At present, Symroc's commercial deployment in Taiwan includes the kickoff of preliminary partnerships formed with National Taiwan University, National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), and Sanlien Technology. Symroc is also maintaining its connections with the industry and actively searching for new business opportunities with assistance from the Trade Office of Canada in Taipei.

Canada-based startup Symroc CEO, Wilson Howe

Canada-based startup Symroc CEO, Wilson Howe

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