Swansea Bridge – Control Desk Automation Upgrade

The Swansea Bridge forms a part of the Pacific Highway that crosses the channel which joins the ocean to Lake Macquarie. The bridge is raised to allow boat access to the lake. Due to ongoing equipment reliability and operator issues, CDMS Electrical Engineers was engaged to implement improvements to the bridge to simplify the operation and to combat ongoing traffic incidents and delays. The operator desk layout was simplified, automation interlocking was added and a SCADA system was installed to enable monitoring of operations. For further details on the Automation and Control services provided by CDMS Electrical on this project please contact the CDMS Electrical Team on +61 (08) 9421 9060.


Project Brief

Swansea Bridge - Control Desk Automation Upgrade

Outcome

A reliable and safe automation system was installed including HMI for improved operator interface.

Background

Swansea Bridge forms a part of the Pacific Highway that crosses the channel joining the ocean to Lake Macquarie. The bridge is raised to allow boat access to the lake.

Project Objectives

Due to ongoing equipment reliability and operator concerns, improvements were made to simplify the operator desk layout, and automation interlocking, to avoid ongoing traffic incidents and delays. A SCADA system was added to monitor operations.

Challenges

  • To investigate existing automation systems and understand history of changes.
  • To deliver a workable automation and operator interface system without compromising the ongoing operation of the bridge.

Our Approach

In conjunction with the client, CDMS took the following approach to deliver a suitable outcome:

  • Held initial detailed discussions on operator and automation system requirements.
  • Completed detailed desktop acceptance testing and commissioning to ensure a smooth upgrade process.