Hydrosphere applauds industry specific expertise

Queensferry Crossing

One year on from the opening of the remarkable Queensferry Crossing Hydrosphere, the UK and Ireland’s leading supplier of aids to navigation is highlighting how important it is for big project consultancy firms to consult with those in niche industries to learn about the latest technology available.

Hydrosphere successfully tendered for the supply of the Vega LED navigational lights for the cable-stayed bridge over the Firth of Forth. Hydrosphere’s first contact with the project came in 2012. Public sector specialists, Ramboll Consulting asked for help to design the specification for the type of navigational lights needed for the bridge. Discussions included how LED lights might be mounted, the intensity required, and the possibility of installing a monitoring system in the event of any kind of light or power failure.

Jeff Gibson, Hydrosphere’s Sales Director, recommended the LED Vega VLB 36 and 44 lights for their high efficiency and standards of reliability. His explanation of how range, performance and maintenance fitted into the whole design specification, alongside the alarm monitoring system circuitry required to link back to a central command position, helped frame the specifications for the bid writers.

When SES Engineering Services (SES) put the supply of the navigational lights section of their overall package out to tender, Jeff Gibson found himself bidding against several other suppliers. On being awarded the contract he commented, “We won this tender with SES because we provided the specified kit, with consultancy and technical support both at the tender time and right through to installation and commissioning.”

The Queensferry Crossing involved more than 10,000 people working on the £1.35 billion project.

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