‘It is well understood that a properly engineered lightning safety and lightning protection system (LPS) can limit damage and loss of life/injury. Whilst a standards-based technical approach has been found to be effective and to result in enhanced protection against the effects of lightning, a proper engineering approach to lightning protection is often not evident.’
This was noted by Ian McKechnie, CEO of project and engineering advisors and solutions provider Engenamic, who added that ‘whilst the current standards provide a comprehensive and useful technical reference guide for engineering professionals trained in the process of engineering analysis and design, it is important to understand that effective lightning safety and protection solutions are not about simply using technical standards as “recipe books”. It is about an engineering approach where these standards play an important technical role, but are applied within a structured, systematic and integrated engineering framework, taking account of the dynamics and complexities of the application.’
McKechnie commented that ‘Many applications, such as those in mining, oil & gas (petrochemical), airports/aviation and other transportation systems (such as railways), renewable energy (such as PV and wind plants), as well as large conventional power and industrial plants and outdoor sporting and recreational facilities, all present particular and complex lightning-related challenges.’
‘The complexity of these applications arises from a combination of particular factors. These include, for example, that such sites typically have relatively exposed persons, infrastructure, equipment and systems, often over an extended area. They also typically include a diverse and complex range of people, systems, technologies and interfaces in a dynamic and constantly changing environment, as well as application and site specific factors such as possible presence of hazardous locations and particular site conditions. These are some examples of factors that impact directly on the risks associated with lightning safety and lightning protection, and which require careful consideration in developing engineered solutions’.
Engenamic CTO Ian Jandrell concluded that the Engenamic team members had extensive and international experience in lightning safety and lightning protection (including through sister company Innopro, now part of the Engenamic family) and that their services are offered on a world-wide basis. ‘At Engenamic, our lightning safety and protection team is led by reputable and internationally registered engineering professionals who are not only recognised as experts in lightning protection and lightning safety, but who also have broad-based experience in engineering management and project management, as well as in forensic and remedial engineering. This provides them with the insights, experience and expertise to appreciate the broader implications and to address the complexities associated with both ‘greenfield’ and ‘brownfield’ applications’.