Vibration monitoring is a simple method of monitoring the condition of any rotating machine such as big plants or so. Vibration monitoring is there since 1970s and is now used across the globe as the most versatile and effective technology to determine the condition of a rotating machine.

Construction and Site Engineering

When it comes to construction and site engineering, vibration monitoring is usually used for the rotating plants in order to monitoring the problems like;

  • Misalignment
  • Bearing wear
  • Resonance
  • Loose or broken parts etc, which can be indictors of technical troubles of various machines.

Vibration analysis in site engineering

The major objective of vibration analysis is to identify any problems in advance before they may result in any kind of unexpected failure at critical project timing and resulting in huge replacement cost and down time.

As a result, vibration monitoring is known to be a very straightforward and also at the forefront of all the condition monitoring techniques. A few major benefits of vibration monitoring include;

  • It is a non-disruptive procedure, which is much efficient.
  • It is a proven method to detect any sort of lubrication or bearing problems in construction sites where heavy equipment is being used.
  • It will help to fix the complaints before any potential failure occur and thus extend machine live.
  • It also help classify any looseness or mal-alignment problems and help to correct it before any bigger damage occurs.
  • This technique can also be used to extend overhaul intervals where vibration levels are steady and low.
  • The machine helps to have an accurate and reliable measure about the vibration levels and help diagnose problems with more precision.

Vibration monitoring in construction

Most of the construction projects now require use of vibration-inducing machinery, which also may cause damage to the structure near the construction or may even affect the strength of the same construction. So, it becomes essential to monitor the level of vibration during the operation of such machines, especially in large civil engineering projects.

Failure to properly calculate and comply with the vibration tolerance limits may lead to larger repairing costs and the need to bear bigger compensation for the building contractors. This is more so in case of piling operations, ABI machine operations, shoring installation, soil excavation, demolition projects etc.

When it is performed?

Vibration monitoring is usually performed in situations like;

  • When the contractor requires to monitor vibration readings constant in order to make sure that the vibration levels will not exceed the defined limits as per the regulatory rules.
  • Also while the contractor need a timely recording of vibration levels during any construction projects to protect themselves any future lawsuits from nearby people or other organisations caused damages to them.

The vibration monitoring machines for construction usually measures the peak particle velocity (PPV) levels at the x, y, z axes. PPV metric will further correlate with the building damage and human discomfort caused. In bigger projects, it is essential to have an on-site vibration-monitoring technician, who can further identify the actual causes of the vibration problems and implement immediate mitigation solutions.