Cathodic Protection Remote Monitoring and Control
The case for Remote Monitoring and Control of cathodic protection units in the field is not purely based on cost.
The cost of monthly “functional” checks of the units plus an annual inspection to comply with electrical safety procedures can add up quickly, when you include an engineer’s time on site, vehicle cost, fuel, equipment, training and travel. Having the ability to remotely access and control these devices removes the cost of an engineer (outside of an annual inspection).
Some Cathodic Protection units are in remote and hostile locations, which are very inaccessible. Having the ability to remote into these units, makes them available at any time and from any place.
Cathodic protection systems used for reinforced concrete of bridges etc are normally contained within roadside cabinets. There is always an element of risk when accessing a site which is near to a major road or highway. Remotely accessing and controling of these units removes the risk of actually being onsite.
If a unit fails (lack of AC power for example), then there is no protection being applied, this can lead to shortening the life of the structure being protected. Having the ability to remotely monitor this, or receive an alarm when something goes wrong, means an engineer can react quickly and accordingly.
There is therefore a clear case for ensuring that the Cathodic Protection system is maintained in a fully functioning and effective state. Remote Monitoring and Control is seen as a way of taking a more proactive approach to corrosion prevention, whilst reducing the manual effort involved.
Duvine’s Cathodic protection systems have the option of being monitored and controlled remotely using our special operating software. Using the optional email communication software, our system can also produce regular performance reports and automatic alarms and alerts.
For more information about our Remote Software please get in touch.