Dakota Technologies, Inc.

- Ultra-Violet Optical Screening Tool


Dakota's UVOST product efficiently delineates petroleum, oil, and lubricant (POL) contaminants in the subsurface. All the usual forms of POLs, including; gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and hydraulic fluids, can be detected via the fluorescence response of their polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) constituents. The fluorescence signal scales proportionally with NAPL concentration. (UVOST struggles to detect high-PAH content NAPLs such as tars, bunkers, etc. - See TarGOST for these 'heavies'). UVOST's LIF technique, in conjunction with direct push deployment, yields a detailed three-dimensional map of the NAPL distribution, in real time - offering a true 'seek and find' adaptive site characterization capability as promoted by U.S. EPA's TRIAD approach.

  • Typical detection limit of 10-500 ppm (NAPL type and soil dependent)
  • Operates effectively above and below the saturated zone
  • Fast! – probe advances at ~0.8 inch/sec without pause
  • Typical daily productivity of 300-500 feet across 10-20 locations
  • One inch data density coupled with nearly instantaneous response provides continuous detailed log of product distribution and heterogeneity
  • Color-coded logs for the ultimate in qualitative information 'at-a-glance'
  • Waveforms offer product identification/verification and rejection of non-contaminant fluorescence such as mineral, peat, and other minor interferents
  • Advanced UVOST data analysis service from Dakota harvests waveform information to allow custom analyte isolation and/or interference rejection in the logs
  • CPT and percussion (Geoprobe/PowerProbe) deliverable – if direct push sampling gets there, UVOST can get there

  • Power 110V AC 50-60 Hz (>=2kW generator)
  • Dimensions are 25' H x 24' W x 26' L cased
  • Weight ~120 lbs/54.5 kg cased instrument
  • Operating Temperature 32-100 °F
  • Storage Temperature 0-120 °F
  • Limit of Detection (LOD) 10-500 ppm (PAH NAPL on wet sand)
  • Excitation 308nm XeCl Laser (64Hz)


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