• Can you imagine what a foundation has to go through day in and day out?
  • Can you imagine what a foundation has to go through day in and day out?

SHM.Foundation®– Condition monitoring system for the detection of structural damage on foundations

In order to ensure a safe and efficient wind farm operation, comprehensive monitoring of building ground, foundation and supporting structure is essential for every operator. To guarantee the load-bearing capacity, the approval authorities also require a regular examination of the foundation structures – both periodically as part of the periodic inspections and permanently by means of monitoring. However, monitoring the structures below the water surface is often very complex, diving operations are risky and cost-intensive.

SHM.Foundation for foundation monitoring
SHM.Foundation for foundation monitoring

With SHM.Foundation®, the structural behaviour of wind turbines and transformer stations can be digitally recorded and tracked. The configuration of SHM.Foundation is specifically tailored to your project requirements: Our modular concept is available for both, the necessary hardware for data acquisition and the software for data analysis. Based on our many years of experience, we will advise you on how to design the system to suit your individual needs. You can also benefit from the expert knowledge we have gained through our participation in the development of relevant standards and regulations.

Our monitoring systems are equipped with robust electronic components according to industrial standard. The installation of surge protection modules and a CE marking is standard. The systems are installed by our teams that are well-trained for offshore operations. However, the mere hardware is often not enough. Our real core competence is signal analysis. We extract the essential information, compare the recorded loads with design assumptions, calculate the lifetime consumption, prepare reports for authorities and identify optimization potentials.

Since comprehensive monitoring is particularly important for offshore wind turbines, we work with a global structural health monitoring concept for the entire wind turbine. Monitoring of building ground, foundation and supporting structure is usually accompanied by monitoring of the tower with SHM.Tower® monitoring system.

By participating in publicly funded research projects, such as the QS-M Grout project, we are able to permanently develop and test new monitoring concepts and methods. Thus we can always offer the latest monitoring functions.