Industrial electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is an increasingly important issue in the modern infrastructure, industrial (including mining) and commercial environment.

This environment is characterised by increasing complexity and sensitivity to electromagnetic interference (EMI). The increasing connectivity of the modern world, including in respect of infrastructure and industrial and mining operations, further drives the importance of EMC.

EMC issues further manifest in the modern infrastructure, industrial and commercial environment through various factors such as inadequacies in equipment and plant environments and installations, legacy approaches, as well as through other factors such as transients (lightning and power line related) and static electricity. Indeed, lightning protection and earthing are important subsets of EMC (and associated areas of our expertise).

Compliance with regulatory requirements is also vital – and non-trivial in the context of the increasing complexity and sensitivity of modern infrastructure and systems. Furthermore, current and additional regulatory requirements, including for example in the context of “radio-quiet” zones, place their particular challenges on effectively achieving electromagnetic compatibility – in terms of cost and of technical/engineering aspects.

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and the management thereof, is hence an (increasingly) important aspect of broad-based risk management in the modern infrastructure, industrial/mining, commercial, engineering and project environment.

This all implies that effective EMC requires a structured, strategic, holistic and coherent integrated approach to deal with the complexities, and to manage the risks, in a technically/engineering efficient and cost-effective manner.

 

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Such a contextualised and “bigger picture” approach requires a project and systems engineering and management perspective and skills-set, that can bring together the more particular technical aspects (such as, for example, measurements and EMI evaluation, RF engineering and electromagnetics) within the broader application’s engineering, operational, project, SHEQ and business environment. This enables the development and lifecycle implementation of broad-based EMC management and control plans.

Through our advisory and consulting services at Engenamic, we enable just such an approach with our available diversity of expertise and competence.

We offer our services in a collaborative and facilitative manner – which includes managing such a holistic and coherent approach in collaboration with (and indeed complementing) the client’s own expertise/capabilities and that of specialist contractors (eg EM measurement specialists).

Although such a holistic and coherent approach is aimed at avoiding issues and disputes, where the need arises our services also include dispute support (including claims and engineering support, mediation and adjudication).