With a group of experts, scientist and engineers in the field, SLPRD is dedicated to providing world class services relating to lightning protection. Our services span from cutting-edge research, scientific publications, development of test and measurement instruments to design and installation of lightning protection systems.
We are currently involved in numerous research activities in related field. With a strong combination of budding young researchers, experienced researchers with onsite and laboratory testing facilities we are currently involved with number of research areas.
One of the strongest sides of SLPRD is training and development on the fields relating to lightning protection. Regular trainings are organized to address both operational level and management level requirements. Some of these trainers are selected from around the world. Trainings can be organized onsite training and consultation also provided depending on the requirement.
Certification of installers is one of the new additions to the SLPRD portfolio. Under a properly focused training program we are providing a certification to those who complete with accepted standard and they are certified to install a complete lightning protection system.
List of trainings
One of the main requirements of the industry is actual installation of effecting lightning protection system. As a dedicated services provider in the field of lightning protection SLPRD provides all related services to installation of a standardized lighting protection system. Starting from site soil analysis with 3D resistivity profiling tools, to installation of bonded air termination system will be effectively design according to the requirement.
Measurement of soil resistivity is the starting point of any lightning protection system design. This can be done using four-pole earth resistivity meter and can be developed to a color corded 3D earth resistivity profile of the site. This is used in accurately designing the required earthing system for the site.
Based on construction details of the site and measurements made, the most effective earthing system will be designed strictly adhering to the recognized international standards (IEC 62305). These standards provides the most efficient and effective way of mitigating the adverse effects of lightning to humans, animal, trees and manmade structures.
Designing will be based on a comprehensive risk assessment analysis which will minimize under designing as well as over designing, which ultimately leads to proper utilization of cost. Both structural protection and protection from surges entering the site through service lines will be addressed during the designing phase. As we are not representing any brand, our design is primarily based on the balance of requirement, performance and cost, which ultimately greatly benefit the client.
Complete design of the earthing system, structural protection system and surge protection system will be provided with clear description with any special notes.
Installation of a properly designed lightning protection system will be done under the strict supervision of the designers and consultants. The installers are trained by SLPRD and will maintain highest quality of workmanship at all times.
One of the strongest areas the SLPRD group has is designing and developing lightning related equipment and instrumentations. Currently few products are in the pipeline and below gives a brief description on some.
Portable combination wave generator Measuring earthing system’s resistance is a key requirement of ensuaring the performance of the system. The current most frequent way of measuring the earth resistance is using DC or low frequency signal to generate a current signal and measure the voltage gradient. However since lightning is more of an impulse signal, it is best if we are given the opportunity to measure against an impulse signal. However currently available impulse signal generators are more bulky and create practical problems if tried to use in field setting. The combine wave generator developed by SLPRD is a mobile unit and currently utilized in research work. A more commercial product is under the development process and will be available soon to the industry by the end of this year.