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Instrumentation and monitoring

James Fisher Testing Services provides structural health monitoring and testing services to actively assist its customers from project design to long-term maintenance and data handling.

Our complete structural health monitoring services are designed to ensure a pro-active approach to asset maintenance; minimising the effects of downtime and disruption, increasing cost-savings and improving operational safety.

Benefits of using JFTS' instrumentation and monitoring services:

  • Avoid unnecessary downtime with our Strainstall Asset Management System (SAMS)™ 
  • Safely extend asset life and reduce operational costs
  • Rapid on-site deployment and testing
  • Highly accurate and robust monitoring equipment
  • Highly experienced team of professionals

We have a designed a wide range of applications for structures including buildings, bridges, railway networks, turbines and tunnels. A selection of of our solutions are included below. Contact us to discuss you needs. 

JFTS can provide comprehensive monitoring of all bridge types. Using our Bridgewatch smart asset management system we can provide real-time data on the condition of your asset, offering a proven means to improve asset safety, inform strategic maintenance programmes and reduce downtime due to component failure. 

Wheel impact load detection is a trackside asset protection system specifically designed for rail applications where wheel impact diagnosis is required to individual wheel level. This provides early warning of potential damage to track or rolling stock and supports decision making on operational restrictions and/or remedial action.

Our purpose built brake force measuring load cells ensure that the train breaking system delivers an even and sufficient force between the brake pad and disc or, in the case of block brakes, between block and wheel.

Our railway bridge strike system provides the bridge owner with immediately accessible information on the severity of a bridge strike via a signal box display to the local signaller and infrastructure maintainers.

We provide ground movement monitoring to alert asset owners of any changes to structural integrity so any remedial action can be taken if necessary.

Our landslip monitoring systems provide warnings in the event of ground movement or conditions change such that movement could ha

We hold the patent for the most widely used points pin in the rail industry. Our points pin replaces a component within railway points to monitor the force required for operation.

We have extensive experience in the installation of deflection and displacements measurement systems that capture data at a sufficient rate to enable full deflection and displacement characteristics to be measured.

We provide in-situ stress measurement services for metallic components and have also developed the technique to enable 'through thickness' residual stresses to be determined.

Our flood monitoring system has been designed for rail bridges that frequently experience flash flooding. The flood monitoring system incorporates water level sensors, displacement sensors and a camera.

We are a leading supplier of condition monitoring systems to the rail industry, providing turnkey solutions that monitor dynamic loading, crack displacement, stress and strain to provide advanced warning of any structural deterioration in order to identify any problems and determine the cause and the most appropriate action.

We provide tunnel monitoring systems that utilise robotic total stations and monitoring prisms to compare measured values with design values to give an accurate indication of tunnel stability. Our monitoring system helps to ensure the safety of a tunnel over its lifespan and to facilitate planned and targeted maintenance. 

We provide fatigue life monitoring services to developers of prototype vehicles and machinery by fitting strain gauges at key locations and collecting data whilst the vehicle/machine is subjected to testing.

JFTS offers a wide range of structural health monitoring solutions for offshore structures, ensuring safe asset operation, minimal risk and cost-effective maintenance programmes. Key services cover design validation, long term asset management, short term monitoring and problem quantification and independent project certification.