Winter 2016

Strainstall strengthens hand

BridgeWatch is specially configured to work with existing sensors to expand its sophisticated structural monitoring appeal in Malaysia.

Strainstall Malaysia has secured a contract to install its monitoring systems on the Penang bridge in a move which establishes the company as a key player within the instrumentation and monitoring sector in South East Asia.

As a key artery linking mainland Malaysia with the island of Penang, the Penang bridge is 8.4 miles long (5.2 miles of which are over water) and is one of the longest bridges in South East Asia. 

This new contract means two of the three largest bridges in Malaysia are now fitted with Strainstall's state-of-the-art structural monitoring system, BridgeWatch, which offers a sophisticated preventative maintenance system enabling engineers to assess and create predictive maintenance strategies.

According to Strainstall Malaysia's structural monitoring manager, Damian Griffiths, the project was first mooted in 2015 when the team was working with the Malaysian highways authority on the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link - the bridge which links the country with Singapore.

'We formed a good working relationship with the Malaysian highways authority and their network maintenance manager, Opus International.'

Says Damian. The team proposed a BridgeWatch system for the Penang bridge which works with multiple sensor types and uniquely integrates with the bridge's existing sensors.

'In working out a way to integrate existing sensors with new sensors in order to replace the legacy system from a competitor we were able to exhibit the flexibility and knowledge necessary to smoothly incorporate third party equipment.'

Damian adds.

The new system will offer real-time monitoring with alerts to notify the bridge concession holder as well as the Malaysian highways authority of any stress, displacement or damage so they can act accordingly.

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