System design and engineering
In most of the markets in which we work few, if any, of the individual assets operate in isolation: bridges swing open only when the pedestrian barriers are shut; lock chambers fill only when the gates are closed; generators power up only when turbines turn. In some instances this linear chain of dependence can be complex, with multiple events triggering subsequent activity.
At KGAL we have considerable experience of optimising systems through intelligent design: ensuring that, despite its potential complexity, a process operates seamlessly as a whole.
The model approach is well understood (identifying the task, viewing alternative solutions, modelling the proposal and so on); where KGAL adds a difference is in the way we stand back at the outset to view those elements which have the biggest impact on costs (including whole life costs) and safety. In this way we maximise operational efficiencies through modelled and tested system design based on all the influencing factors.
And because we’re an interdisciplinary consultancy, with electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and structural capabilities, we are best placed to see those factors and ensure their integration; not just with each other but with the wider landscape of human operators, users and the environment.
The image shows one of two nose latch pins on the Media City pedestrian swing bridge in Salford, England. In the top left of the picture are the two proximity sensors which, by monitoring the latch postion, enable or prevent the subsequent bridge operation.