“These are just a few of our recent projects, but the main point to address here is in every installation, the client has been very impressed at the flexibility and strength of GRP, and also at the speed and independence of installation. People are definitely realising how many projects GRP can be used in.”

KENNY GRIEVES, DIRECTOR, KGSS LTD

Case Study

Our Client

KG Site Services Ltd has been working with Engineered Composites on a variety of innovative GRP engineering projects.

Their activities include the design, fabrication & installation of bespoke GRP access solutions across a variety of industries, wherever lightweight, corrosion/chemical resistant, flexible & maintenance-free structures are required.

Challenges

At a Glance

  • Restrictive Space
  • Client unsure about GRP merits
  • Cost Considerations
  • Environmental need Key
  • Lower cost than steel alternatives
  • Hugely better for the environment
  • GRP provides greater chemical resistance
  • Client delighted with GRP commenting on strength, durability and flexibility of GRP product.

The Project

Having purchased the relevant GRP products from Engineered Composites, the first picture (top right) shows GRP access platform across an aerobic tank. This was an interesting design due to the lack of cantilevered supports, the strength coming from vertical M16 anchors at each trimmer, along with saddle brackets either side of each trimmer.

GRP was specified due to the lightweight nature (there was limited lifting ability on this particular site) and also due to GRP’s chemical resistance too.

The 2nd image shows handrail installation around a dosing bund. This was specified as GRP, partly due to chemical resistance and due to the fact GRP was also priced more competitively than comparable galvanised mild steel alternatives.

There was concern pre installation from the top tier client that GRP would not be strong enough, as a senior engineer had visited a GRP handrail installation that flexed considerably.

KGSS used the large 3 hole feet & kept the vertical post spacings to around 1400mm maximum to ensure a rigid product. Once installed, the same engineer examined it and was incredibly impressed, saying it actually felt stronger than the steel handrail elsewhere on the same site.
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The Project (continued)

This yellow access platform is part of a new Net Zero initiative, so GRP’s low carbon credentials were very important here, although the main benefit was the rapid fabrication process. KGSS couldn’t survey this area until the Thursday lunchtime as the cabin wasn’t delivered until then, so nobody knew the door threshold heights or platform size required.

Access was required for the Monday afternoon, and we managed to deliver and assemble the platform on the Friday afternoon (24 hours after the survey) and it was fixed down & commissioned on the Monday morning.

This platform was a totally bespoke job where we built a support framework out of GRP, then floored around an existing motor and fitted access, before the main cover was replaced. GRP was the only option as everything was fitted around the existing structures in a very cramped space.

The Solution

"These are just a few of our recent projects, but the main point to address here is in every installation, the client has been very impressed at the flexibility and strength of GRP, and also at the speed and independence of installation. People are definitely realising how many projects GRP can be used in.”

KENNY GRIEVES, DIRECTOR, KGSS LTD

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