Jun 2019
Electricity Distribution and Electricity Transmission
THOR Hammer
Jun 2019
Dec 2022
SP Energy Networks, Eastern Power Networks, Northern Powergrid, South Eastern Power Networks, SP Distribution, SP Manweb and SP Transmission
Ralph Eyre-Walker
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Network Innovation Allowance
ED - New technologies and commercial evolution
Asset Management
This project will develop the THOR Hammer device to allow the consistent and accurate measurement and assessment of wood pole asset condition.
  1. Convert the existing output from the instrument (reduction in residual diameter) to reduction of residual strength value (RSV, as documented in BS1990-1), by determining and agreeing method and assumptions.
  2. Utilise machine learning to automate the detailed waveform analysis and provide the required outputs at the time of test.
  3. Use real data and destructive examinations to prove the accuracy of the technology on pole types common to the GB electricity industry.