Spring 2021

Protecting the Abu Dhabi Louvre

Strainstall Middle East has designed and fitted a sophisticated light, temperature, humidity and vibration monitoring system for Abu Dhabi’s stunning Louvre museum which ensures optimal conditions for the priceless art and artefacts.

The system is a departure for the team which has 50 years of experience using monitoring equipment to feed information wirelessly into a Smart Asset Management System (SAMS™) software to assess movement and health status of bridges and buildings around the world.  

Regional manager Damian Griffiths explains the project came about when the team was approached by the Abu Dhabi Louvre to monitor expected vibration during repair works last year, and to ensure any construction vibration would not affect the gallery exhibitions. 

‘The museum owners are obliged to compile regular reports for artwork owners to assure them that conditions remain within the strict tolerances required to protect their delicate artworks,’ he says, ‘we had the opportunity to propose a solution to get around the complex and time-consuming nature of gathering data from various disparate subsystems throughout the museum.’

The team offered to provide a pilot system with several wireless light (lux) and vibration sensors in key galleries, which sent data to SAMS™. The pilot was a success and once the team was able to confirm it could integrate data from existing monitoring subsystems into the single point software solution, the contract was awarded.

SAMS™ has been modified to provide the gallery with valuable information on the light exposure received by each artwork and to calculate daily exposure at current lux levels, in order to ensure the light does not deteriorate the material of the art. For this project, SAMS™ is deployed on a virtual machine on the customers network which allows local access.

‘The customised version of SAMS™ we have developed for the Louvre Abu Dhabi provides unique report generation and cumulative light, temperature and humidity algorithms to ensure the artworks are stored and displayed safely and correctly. It provides an excellent solution to museum and asset owners around the world to manage data from various subsystems through a single platform,’ Damian adds.  

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