8 June 2018
Following the recruitment of Peter Brookman to the newly created role of Principal Engineer: HV Earthing and Lightning Protection Systems earlier in the year, Quartzelec, a globally recognised independent engineering service provider, has successfully designed and installed a bespoke earthing system for a new high-voltage installation at the University of Stirling.
Following initial contact with the University, Peter undertook a site survey to confirm the soil resistivity prior to any calculations. These site resistance measurements were then used to undertake the bespoke design procedure including detailed computer studies. The earthing design was undertaken to ensure a safe environment during possible earth fault conditions for the substation and the University of Stirling as a whole. Once the design had been approved and subsequently installed by Quartzelec engineers, Peter then returned and confirmed the design predictions.
“This was both an interesting and challenging project but clearly proves that there is growing demand for effective HV earthing solutions along with Quartzelec’s ability to design and deliver them,” stated Peter Brookman. “On completion of the installation and validation of the design predictions, the University confirmed they were delighted with our cost effective solution and we’re now working on a growing number of diverse earthing solutions for various customers.”
Peter’s remit when he joined was to build on Quartzelec’s capabilities and use his specialist knowledge and experience in the design, testing and assessment of HV earthing systems along with his detailed insight into the lightning protection systems for buildings and structures.
Success at Quartzelec
In 2017 Quartzelec celebrated 10-years of OEM independence and 100 years of heritage, building its reputation as a cost effective provider of electrical engineering services. Key to this was strong leadership, a dedicated and knowledgeable 600 plus workforce and a positive ‘can do’ approach that enabled the business to achieve a £63.4m turnover with continual global growth. Commenting on this Daniel Laval, Quartzelec’s MD concluded: “The past 10 years has given us the opportunity to flourish and truly establish ourselves as the competent partner of choice for reliable, responsive and cost effective independent support solutions and we are now consolidating plans to grow the business further over the coming decade and beyond.”
Quartzelec has a rapidly expanding contracting business that delivers both mechanical and electrical installation and maintenance services for an ever growing portfolio of prestigious projects. The company also has the ability to repair, refurbish and rewind large, project critical motors and generators with state-of-the-art production facilities along with an extensive library of design drawings and a full design department and has the ability to work on any OEM manufactured machine and/or equipment, including those built by its previous heritage companies such as GEC Machines, GEC Alsthom Large Machines, ALSTOM and Cegelec.