CAE magazine had already reported on Jinvali’s dam project in Georgia and the monitoring and early warning system test followed, during the second week of October (for further information click here).
The operations concerned the contr
ol room, where a workstation and radio switchboard were installed, configured and connected. The workstation features Patrol, an automatic control and alarm system which manages all information necessary to evaluate and activate a quick response to eventual alerts.
All sirens are activated in case of alert by ACTI-Link and were also connected and checked, site by site. ACTI-Link is a CAEtech device designed for remote activation of instruments to trigger acoustic and visual alarms, or to block vehicular traffic.
A check of workstation radio margins was carried out, along with a sirens check without sound, followed by two activation tests, with -ten continuous minutes of ringing sirens, the first triggered using Patrol software and simulating a problem in the dam, the second using the emergency button.
These simulations did not produce false alarms among the local population, thanks to information meetings organised to inform them of these tests by Georgian Water and Power (GWP), which manages the dam.
GWP expressed its satisfaction with the test results, also reported by Georgian TV. In the TV report, engineer Alessio De Faveri, CAE’s project manager, speaking both for CAE and Field, said he was honoured and proud to have been part of such an important project, the objective of which was to protect people who live underneath the Jinvali dam. De Faveri also thanked the partners of HD (Hydrodiagnostics), with whom it was possible to complete the job, for their demonstration of professionalism and competence.