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Turner M-HAS

The Drive For Change

Aiming to provide real time wind turbine performance software

Turner M-HAS's aim was to provide wind turbine owners with crucial real time data of the mechanical performance of their wind turbines while alerting them on potential issues.

The ultimate goal was to allow turbine and power system owners to take preemptive actions such as oil changes, gearbox replacements and hearing wear, ahead of potential catastrophic system failures which results in not only repair costs, but a loss of revenue.


The Challenge

A very ambitious project

Turner Group wanted to combine multiple disciplines: electrical engineering, mechanical sensors, engineering algorithms, application development, all working 328 feet above the ground, in some of the most remote areas in the UK.

The Turner Group challenged Digital Impact to deliver a solution for transmitting real time data to a cloud based application, all from Turner M-HAS's custom build monitoring units that would potentially be installed in thousands of wind turbines across the UK.

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Our Solution

Solutions for four crucial parts of the project

Having been handed this challenging and momentous task, we put our best minds to working out just exactly what needed done, and how best to do it. We tackled the four main areas that we believed would streamline the entire process and make it as competent and efficient as possible.


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Solution 1

Data Streaming

After an initial investigation into a range of different remote connection options, we recommended building a cloud based application that would authenticate and connect individually with Turner M-HAS's Monitoring Unit via a 3G internet connection. The unit would then transmit a data stream of statistical and analytical data back to the application.

Solution 2

Data Representation

We format this data into actionable interactive charts and graphs allowing the client to monitor the turbine systems performance remotely.

Solution 3

Management of Wind Farms

The Turner Group needed a system that was scalable to thousands of turbines. The system we built allowed The Turner Group to add clients and give them individual access to view their wind farms.

Solution 4

Logic Based Alarms

A key feature of the newly built system that The Turner Group wanted, was to setup a range of thresholds and logic based alarms. These alarms would trigger notifactions to be dispatched immediately, alerting the wind turbine technician of an urgent issue.

To support such a feature we developed a Custom Rule Builder Tool within the application. This allowed the Turner M-HAS team to set thresholds against any sensor or monitoring device that is transmitting data from the turbine. With each alarm setup within the system, Turner M-HAS could set the severity of the alarm and the mode of contact based on a traffic lighting system.

Finished Product

The finished software & what impact it had

Digital Impact and The Turner Group worked together on M-HAS for over 18 months, initially building multiple test systems. In late 2017 the live system was launched. The M-HAS has attracted a huge amount of interest within the Wind Turbine Industry and has featured in multiple industry publications to date.

In just a few months of the live launch The Turner Group now have multiple agreements in place for monitoring several hundred turbines across the UK.

From the very first day, we have been tremendously pleased with the quality and speed of Digital Impact's work as well as the standard of their service. We were more than happy to appoint Digital Impact as our preferred digital supplier and anticipate this relationship to continue long into the future.

Graham Martin - Turner M-HAS

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