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Reference Number NIA_SSEN_0044
Title Smart Hammer
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Scottish and Southern Energy plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 February 2020
End Date 31 July 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £580,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_SSEN_0044
Objectives 1. Development of Smart Hammer. This will be carried out within 6 stages, including factory testing and small sample field tests.2. Trials will take place across all SSEN Operational Regions to test and prove the Smart Hammer on poles within the networks. I.T implementation will also be carried out during these trials STAGE 1 - SMART HAMMER DEVELOPMENT - X-Models X Model DevelopmentDefine Hammer Evaluation Test strategyEvaluate Accelerometer sensors Make Sensor SelectionSTAGE 2 - SMART HAMMER DEVELOPMENT - A-Models A Model DevelopmentCreate automated testing environmentDetermine Utilization Parameters Develop Data extractionField Trial Smart Hammer to Identify the Sensor Selection.Create Draft Training MaterialSTAGE 3 - SMART HAMMER DEVELOPMENT- B-Models B Model Development. Refine & Build Prototype Hammer with finalised Sensor Selection SSE Evaluate IT System for Maximo IntegrationRefined Automated Swing Test for operational improvementPrototype Field Trials & EvaluationSTAGE 4 - SMART HAMMER DEVELOPMENT - Pre- Pod-Models Build Pre-Production of finalized HammerI.T – Maximo integrationData Analytics TrialPre-Prod Models Field Test & EvaluationPolicy & Procedure to approve network testing.Create Training MaterialSTAGE 5 - Field Trials Undertake Field TrialsCapture Trial DataField Trial EvaluationCompare Baseline & Field TrialsRecommendations for BAUSTAGE 6 - Closure Finalize Policies & ProceduresFinalize Training Material By the end of the project1. To have established the technical and commercial viability of using a Smart Hammer with accurate and repeatable results.2. Conduct consistent and reliable initial wood pole inspections as an alternative to the traditional hammer test method.3. The ability to capture pole data and integrate with asset databases4. To have disseminated the learning from the project through annual or exceptional events for the benefit of GB customers.
Abstract The challenge when using a standard hammer to assess the pole condition is sound perception of an individual and associating it to the correct asset health score. A standard hammer is also unable to provide granular detail of a pole condition or automate the same data directly into an asset database. These sounds can be perceived differently depending on the operator, therefore providing inconsistent data.
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Added to Database 02/11/22