Adapting Working Practices for Social Distancing
The past few months have had a significant impact on businesses, governments, and individuals and although many countries are beginning to ease lockdown measures, it is still by no means business as usual. However, when it comes to safety, security and monitoring of critical sites, it is sometimes not an option to put projects and operations on hold.
Bandweaver, a leading fiber optic sensing solutions provider, faced one such challenge. With a critical national infrastructure underway, it was vital to proceed according to the agreed timetable as much as possible. As part of the project, Bandweaver were to implement a fiber optic based pipeline monitoring system to detect Third Party Intrusion (TPI).
With the global travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place, it was no longer possible for the customer to visit the site in person to carry out the test, despite the deadline for delivery quickly approaching. Together, Bandweaver and the customer designed a factory acceptance test (FAT) that met all of the requirements whilst respecting all social distancing guidelines and did not put any personnel at an increased level of risk.
The proposed pipeline intrusion detection system will utilise two Bandweaver Horizon DAS systems to provide complete coverage of the pipeline. As part of the FAT testing requirements, the procedure included demonstrating detection of personnel movement, personnel digging and vehicle movement. Bandweaver utilised the state-of-the-art demonstration facilities at their UK premises to test and demonstrate the equipment for the client.
The health and safety of the team was a top priority for Bandweaver, so the test was designed as such that the recommend government social distancing guidelines for COVID-19 were respected and adhered to all times. Key stakeholders involved with the project observed the testing remotely, with full video and audio access. In addition to the project manager demonstrating the system via screen share, there was also an additional Bandweaver representative carrying out the simulated intrusion events in the vicinity of the sensing cable.
Through the ingenuity and dedication of the team, Bandweaver are pleased to confirm that the Factory Acceptance Test was completed successfully. By working diligently with the client, the project was delivered on time with no additional risk to any personnel and to their exacting specifications – even in these unprecedented and challenging times.