NORFOLK MAY Gurney (Technical Services) is trialing the first in a new generation of instrumentation systems developed for piling rigs by ND technology.
The PL2000 system is the latest development of the existing PL20/CFA system currently used by a number of piling contractors. It has been installed in the cab of one of the company's Llamada piling rigs.
As well as monitoring the drilling process, displaying all critical piling parameters per revolution, oversupply and pressure in graphical and real time format, the PL2000 also compares the constructed profile of the piles with the design, immediately highlighting any non-conformance.
The equipment includes a wireless datalink allowing piling schedules, faxes, e-mails and even layout drawings to be sent to the on-board system via a GSM or PCN mobile link.
Stored data can be updated without disrupting operations and can be displayed in near real time on a remote desktop PC, which can also be used to control the system remotely.
May Gurney recently took delivery of its third Llamada piling rig in August. The new P150TT was delivered directly to a site in London where the company is installing 3,000 CFA piles for a major development.