Bollards appear in a variety of forms, shape, materials and capacity. All bollards, however, have one thing in common. Sooner or later they will be exposed to corrosion, metal fatigue or other types of wear and tear, diminishing the bollards’ overall capability. This will increase the safety risks associated with the bollard. The BollardScan method will allow you to get a comprehensive picture of the state of the bollard and will indicate whether a replacement or corrective maintenance is in order.
When scanning a bollard we place a number of sensors on the surface of the structure above the ground. A vibration is initiated by tapping on the bollard in various directions and with various forces. Experiments have proven that the bollard and around 1 m3 is covered by the vibration. The returned vibrations will be recorded and analysed by a sophisticated computer program. This will result in a number of graphs. The results of the test and the visual inspection form the basis for clear and concise reporting including a risk analysis.
In short, a BollardScan is a must for every responsible port and dock manager aiming to reduce health and safety risks. Amongst our clients are the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Vlissingen (The Netherlands), Antwerp (Belgium), Dover, Southampton, Immingham, Newcastle and Liverpool (United Kingdom), Tangier (Morocco), New York (USA), Sydney (Australia), Barcelona, Las Palmas (Spain).