Autumn 2019

Taking the strain and staying on track

Strainstall Middle East and Malaysia (part of James Fisher Testing Services) is expanding its structural monitoring presence in the fast-growing Southeast Asia and China markets with two new contracts.

In the light of the rapid expansion of China’s renewables sector, the Strainstall team set out to showcase its specialist structural monitoring expertise and, as a direct consequence, has just completed the installation of onshore sensors for a new Yangjiang wind turbine field in China.

By using a combination of Strainstall’s instrumentation and associated Smart Asset Management System (SAMS) software, the Chinese windfarm developers are now able to remotely monitor the condition of their turbines. The data collected gives the operators near real-time information on the condition of the asset which helps the analysis of asset lifecycle and identifies potential problems that could put workers in the field at risk.

‘We hope this is the first of many projects of this kind in China - we have developed a great relationship with our local distributor in China and we plan to continue to deliver competitive solutions to the Chinese market,’

Says Strainstall Malaysia manager, Jasper Lee.

Right now, China is seeing rapid growth in renewable energy, with plans to surpass the UK’s current target of 10GW of renewable wind energy by 2020, and this project comes as a consequence of Strainstall’s extensive experience with nine different operators on 13 windfarms around the world.

Jasper adds:

‘There have been multiple technical discussions and site visits leading up to the completion of project and it’s great to see all the hard work paying off as this project comes to life.’

The first phase of the installation was carried out by local Chinese staff supervised by Justin St George from Strainstall Singapore and Don Albero and Larry Gregorio from Strainstall Middle East.

Monitoring a critical railway route

Meanwhile, in Indonesia, Strainstall’s SAMS BridgeWatch system is being deployed on the first railway bridge in Bandung. This contract comes on the back of Strainstall’s extensive track record on railway bridges across India and the UK. Success in India prompted the Indonesian department of transport to approach Strainstall and to ask the team to design and fit monitoring equipment to one critical railway route into the capital city of Jakarta.

The team designed a bespoke system that included a range of sensors to monitor ground conditions and key performance characteristics of the bridge particularly in relation to earthquakes. Data is processed in SAMS/ BridgeWatch to provide real time reporting to operations managers.

As Strainstall’s regional monitoring solutions manager for the Middle East and Southeast Asia, Damian Griffiths is overseeing both new projects.

Damian says:

‘By pooling the huge wealth of skills and experience we have at three offices in the region, we have been able to cover a huge geographical area and mobilise very quickly to deliver these projects efficiently and quickly.’

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