It is commonly observed in the construction industry that lightning protection and electrical earthing hasn’t changed since the time of Benjamin Franklin and his experiments with kites and wire. This oversimplifies the reality of the situation to a point of error, and also underlines the difference between Earthing Services and other companies. You may encounter companies that hold the view of “no change” but that should be a clear warning sign that it may not be the best organisation to support your needs. The truth is that the available knowledge about the behaviours of electrical current, and how best to protect lives and assets from it, has increased dramatically, and as such the best methods for managing it have improved in turn. That being said cynicism can be justified when even some of the most respected design teams in the international industry continue to specify the same varieties of system that they have for decades without sufficient consideration to protecting systems from theft or how to design with a greater sympathy for footprint or sub strata constraints on site. Earthing Services always seeks to specify the most cost-effective system, and it is more than prepared to consider the wider concerns of the customer. The very best way for any company to make the most of its relationship with Earthing Services is to be as forthcoming as possible with their requirements and what they would ideally like to achieve.
Innovation: Theft Resistant Earthing Systems
The theft or vandalism of electrical safety systems has been compared to be conceptually equivalent to cutting someone’s brake cables in their car. Copper theft, the most prevalent and costly aspect of this problem, has a staggering cost to the British economy, and other countries have similar experiences with this issue. Earthing Services has made its position explicitly clear on this subject before and when in so many cases the theft or vandalism is preventable it is frustrating to see that sufficient steps were not taken at design and specification stage to vouchsafe the system. Earthing Services uses a number of measures to protect from the threats of copper theft, and has seen such systems adopted by a range of customers including major telecommunications operators and infrastructure owners. It is seemingly true that the harder one seeks to combat the threat presented by thieves, the harder offenders will in turn work to overcome them, and that is why Earthing Services’ technical team constantly seek to make methods more and more robust. The methods have been independently laboratory tested to evidence their success, and they have been upheld and commended.
Innovation: Shallow Excavation Earthing
Whether it is due to a small footprint, underground service, or infrastructure, or sub-surface rock, sometimes earth rod electrodes are an impractical conductor in electrical earthing systems or lightning protection earth termination networks. To combat this Earthing Services has developed a range of shallow excavation earthing measures, and these do not require any significant reliance upon the usage of copper or metallic conductors. One of the most impressive attributes of this method is the speed with which they can be installed.