Monitoring shock and vibration in the real word

The reason for monitoring shock and vibration is because of the potential adverse effects on buildings, their contents; or to monitor valuable products in transit; or for condition monitoring of rotating equipment. The sources of shock and vibration are very diverse ranging from construction works [piling, ground works, tunnelling, fracking, etc.], blasting, road traffic, other transportation modes, etc. Or in the cases of products in transit from transport or handling/mis handling.

Vibration monitoring standards

For structural monitoring, a large number of international standards document permitted or recommended levels. Some principal standards are:

  To say that the standards require interpretation is an understatement and in many instances are littered with caveats along the lines of  “ …the levels suggested …” or “… some data suggests..” !

Insurance requirements for monitoring vibration

Some major infrastructure companies have specified the circumstances under which monitoring is required for works in proximity to their installations, eg

  • National Grid: Specification for safe working in the vicinity of National Grid high pressure gas pipelines and associate installations
Remote monitoring of Shock and Vibration is increasingly common in tender specifications for major works, and vibration and shock monitoring is referred to in Eurocodes.

Peak Particle Velocity (PPV)

For impact on structures the principle measure of interest to engineers and consultants is PPV – Peak Particle Velocity. PPV is defined as the maximum instantaneous peak of the vibration signal, measured in m/s or mm/s [or inches/s in the USA]. For impact on humans PPV is not helpful as it takes some time for the human body to respond to vibration signals. Because the net average vibration signal is zero the root mean square[RMS] is used to describe a smoothed amplitude. These are shown graphically in Figure 7-2 [courtesy of] Chapter 7 - Signal in absolute units Most of our customers are interested in PPV, monitoring impact on structures or buildings. According to several of the standards the potential for structural damage is correlated to PPV [mm/s] within certain frequency bands:

Case study tab - Monitoring the strucutral response of Eddystone Lighthouse

Measuring the impact of wave and wind loading at Eddystone Lighthouse

The winter storms early in 2014 were some of the most severe recorded in South West England. Coincidentally during this period Plymouth University’s School of Marine Science and Engineering have been using vibration monitoring equipment from Caption Data limited, to measure the dynamic structural response of Eddystone Lighthouse’s tower under various stress loads. Eddystone Lighthouse was built on a dangerous rocky reef 13 miles south west of the city of Plymouth over one hundred and thirty years ago. Read More  

Case study tab - Real time monitoring on construction sites

Real time monitoring on construction sites

With an ever increasing list of checkboxes, hoops to jump through, safety requirements, along with focus on sustainable and socially friendly operations in civil and structural engineering – remote monitoring systems can offer a range of benefits. Remote monitoring systems can offer real time access to data from construction and groundwork activities such as piling, drilling, dewatering, tunnelling, blasting…. Read More

Protect your goods during transportation with MSR data loggers

Daily goods become damaged due to improper handling, humidity, faulty packaging, theft, misuse or other incorrect handling. Damage of your goods results in:

  • Higher costs
  • Delay in delivery
  • Damage to your reputation
  • Inconvenience
Case study tab - New Zealand

Earthquakes in New Zealand felt by remote monitoring specialists in UK

Two earthquakes struck in New Zealand and coincidently a New Zealand based customer had the RDL//Vibe online, testing for vibrations, and what better clarification that the shock and vibration monitoring system works than capturing vibrations during two earthquakes within 50km. Read More

Introducing the RDL//Vibe

A robust self-powered remote monitoring system which continuously checks shock and vibration levels while transferring data on any “events” exceeding your pre-set limits to the CDLSmartHub

The Hardware Tab - RDLVibe
  • Battery Powered. Lithium D-Cell
  • Minimum trigger level: 0.18 mm/s
  • Maximum sensor level: 43.4 mm/s (option for higher range)
  • Max sample freq: 500Hz
  • Sensors: 1 or 2 x Tri-axial geophones
  • Geophone low frequency response: 4.5Hz
  • Optional very low frequency response: 0.3Hz
  • Operating temperature: -5 to + 60 °C
  • Dimensions: 178 x 156 x 75
  • IP66 die cast aluminium
  • Quad band Modem
  • Roaming SIM card
  • PPV reporting
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Introducing MSR Dataloggers

MSR Dataloggers – miniature dataloggers for acceleration, vibration, pressure, temperature, humidity, voltage, light and more

The Hardware Tab - MSR
  • MSR145: Miniaturized datalogger for temperature, humidity, pressure, light and acceleration / attitude
  • MSR145WD: The first miniaturized wireless datalogger by MSR for temperature, humidity, pressure,and 3-axis acceleration
  • MSR160: Multi-purpose USB datalogger with 4 analogue inputs
  • MSR165: Shock and vibration datalogger
  • MSR255: Multifunctional datalogger with local display
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Actually it’s not software! It’s SaaS, Software as a Service. We host all the software on our super secure servers (see more on security), and provide you with real time access to data in graphical format via the CDLSmartHub, which is completely web based and means there is no need to install software – making the CDLSmartHub accessible from any device, anywhere, at anytime.Software Tab - Shockwave

Features and Benefits

  • Accessible online via the CDLSmarthub
  • No need to download / install software
  • Auditable trail of data for due diligence
  • User friendly interface
  • Initial and ongoing support
  • Multi-tiered user access levels
  • Remote management of system configurations

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