Sep 2013
Gas Distribution
Osprey Pressure Validator
NIA_SGN0021
Complete
Sep 2013
Apr 2014
SGN
Ryan Smith, Innovation Delivery Manager
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Safety and emergency
Gas Distribution Networks
£51,568.00
The scope of this project is to work in partnership with Abriox (manufacturer) to support the field trial of a wireless, intrinsically safe, battery-powered remote monitoring unit that fits inside bollards, posts and meter boxes and monitors gas pressure up to 100mbar. The aim is also to introduce competition to the supply market for this type of equipment.

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Allow SGN to transmit data automatically or on-demand to a pressure management website which will display, interpret and archive the results.
  • Allow real time analysis to take place and for the data to be exported into network validation software automatically for planning and emergency response to poor pressure problems.
  • Evaluate and report on the costs and benefits of the system trialled
In order to determine whether this project has been successful or not it will be trialled and tested across our regional networks for a period of 4 months during the winter months alongside the current validation loggers used. The key success criteria will be:

  • Trial of a new piece of technology which utilises Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) technology

  • Record and display pressure data in ‘real time’ using specialist software

  • Field trial data clarifying the effectiveness of the equipment

  • A reduction in the time taken to install a pressure validation measurement point

  • Production of a technical report detailing the project outcomes.