“The drill torque measurements were being taken 1km underground in a hot, noisy and wet environment where the equipment needs to perform first time without fuss. We have also measured strains in main water piping – and the strain measurement offered by HBM’s SomatXR system has been perfectly suited to the job.”After learning about the system at a strain gauging course at NVMS Measurement Systems in Leederville, WA, Dr Rudas was drawn to SomatXR as a potential solution for his clients because of its accurate measurement, rugged construction and reliability.
“The number one priority was that it needed to be simple to operate. Live viewing and manipulation of the measured signal to produce a derived result, such as the conversion of measured strain to torque, allowed our client to get instant results from the test.”Other appealing qualities of the SomatXR system included that it was able to be battery powered to enhance mobility and portability, and the high quality components in construction.
“We think the catman software is excellent – again, easy to use and robust”says Dr Rudas. “Used together with the SomatXR system, both are easy to use, reliable, and have excellent processing capability.” The SomatXR system and catman software have been designed to compliment each other, with catman’s intuitive interface and adaptability allowing users to streamline their measurement projects.