Colins Corner: A word from the Technical Director

In the current competitive market, it’s more important than ever to think like our clients. As technical director, I always ensure we take the time to collaborate with our clients, working together as partners in delivering project solutions. 

Every day I look at what we are offering our clients and ask the question:
“How is our solution going to help our clients more than what our competitors are offering?” 

In a recent project that question was raised and successfully answered.

A recent change to aviation legislation has led to an increase in enquiries for the installation of upgraded helideck lighting systems compliant with the latest standards. The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) edition 7 amendment of the CAP 437 is now starting to be implemented.

Whilst working on an existing project Stowen were approached by the client to perform this very task. The client had already purchased the system but had no method of system installation. As often happens the equipment suppliers would supply a commissioning technician but no installers. The client had contacted a local electrical company who would supply the electricians but no fabricators for manufacturing the bracketry and more importantly no access without the client supplying scaffold. What seemed like a simple upgrade would now involve 4-5 vendors, multiple personnel, multiple reports, Multiple JRA’s, bed space issues; in short a headache! 

Stowen engaged with the client and offered the typical Stowen solution, a multi-skilled rope access team to cover the entire project.

Stowen's rope access electrical technicians commenced the project by decommissioning the existing lighting; this was achieved in less than 4 days. Whilst this work was ongoing, the rope access plater/welders commenced with the fabrication and installation of the bespoke bracketry and supports for the lighting.

The Stowen team installed the cable tray, cables, perimeter lighting, status lighting, repeater lighting on and around the helideck, and also installed the control panel in the control room to enable a complete installation. On power up, Stowen identified some component issues hindering full commissioning. The system supplier rectified these swiftly in tandem with the Stowen engineers.

The project was completed within 14 days, this included decommissioning, installation, testing and inspecting and commissioning. A flawless project execution achieved by diligence, thorough planning and a safety-focussed team. Well done to all involved!