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Training for Antarctic Team

We have just completed a three-day, socially-distanced, training course for a team of engineers from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) heading off on an 18-month remote field assignment. 

The training took place at our Glasgow HQ Training Academy, day one included a general introduction to generators, associated equipment, controls and synchronisation. Day two covered engines, alternators, maintenance, servicing routines, practical testing, insulation resistance testing and fault-finding diagnostics. There was also an overview of electrical schematics, controller functionality and software. Our facility allowed the engineers to connect to controllers in a safe environment building confidence, understanding the software and the use of SCADA. 

On day three the engineers learned about synchronising and load sharing using DSE controllers. The course included hands-on sessions encompassing live operation of speed, volts and breaker control walking through vital sync checks. Tapping in to our expertise and knowledge, the engineers learned how to set up load banks, load testing, recording results, carry out maintenance checks, test shutdowns using software and a multimeter. Practical health and safety training was also carried out in the workshop training facility. 

The BAS engineering team agreed: “The practical sessions on the generator itself and on software, was invaluable. Putting the theory into practice provided us with a greater understanding, and the session was interesting and well presented. The trainer provided us with the basic knowledge and confidence with which to diagnose faults and conduct basic maintenance routines – essential skills for our upcoming assignment.” 

BAS is an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (UKRI-NERC), which delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the polar regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the polar regions to advance our understanding of Earth and our impact on it.

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