HELIDECK FRICTION TESTING
HELITECH CAP COMPLIANT SERVICES; a Member of International Helideck Regulators Association (IHRA) specializes in helideck friction testing on offshore installations and vessels. With a team of trained technicans, Helideck Friction Test is conducted using the latest friction measuring equipment. Our friction measuring devices and methodology meets all the strict requirements under UK CAA, CAP 437. Those of us involved in the offshore industry know more than most about the importance of safe working and risk management. With this in mind, regular helideck friction testing gives offshore installation operators the assurance needed to remove helideck landing nets. The first assessment of a potential hazard, with the successful completion of a friction test, could be removed!
The landing area is a critical part of the helideck platform; keeping this safe for helicopter landings is a key safety measure.
Helideck Friction Test carried out is based on UK CAA, CAP 437 which provides guidance on the periodicity of helideck friction testing between six months to three years depending on surface friction test result. To maximize efficiency, offshore installation may opt to have helideck friction test carried out annually together with the helideck inspection / audits.
Helideck Micro Grip Tester easily guides operators through the friction survey process and the easy to use view software outputs the data in a visual friction map illustration of the helideck. It is robust, easy to use and gives helideck operators vital information on the friction levels available not only for regulator purposes. Latest edition of FINDLAY IRVINE – Helideck Micro Grip Tester is the world’s first purpose built continuous friction measuring device designed specifically for testing Helidecks and Helicopter Landing Zones. HMGT Testing It has been purpose built to cope with harsh offshore environments and for transportation too hard to reach facilities.
Next measuring device – SlipAlert is the new British Standards (BS 8204-6:2008+A1:2010) slip test. It measures the slipperiness of a surface in order to assess whether it is safe. SlipAlert has been specifically designed to simulate a real slip and to correlate with the TRL Pendulum. SlipAlert LLP website.