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Rotherham Product Recognised In 'Make It In Great Britain' Finals

posted 5 Jul 2012, 06:57 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 5 Jul 2012, 06:58 ]
Technology developed in South Yorkshire has been hailed by Business Minister Mark Prisk as one of the big ideas that will bolster Britain’s worldwide reputation for innovation.

The LoadSCAN technology has been developed by StrainSonics, a joint venture involving Sheffield-based Tribosonics and Stressed Structural from Rotherham.

The new innovation measures the stresses and strains in structures ranging from bridges to office blocks and was named by Mr Prisk today as one of the finalists in the Make it in Great Britain Challenge.

LoadSCAN and other Make it in Britain finalists have been invited to take part in a special exhibition at the Science Museum to coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Measuring stresses is an essential part of ensuring the safety of large structures, which currently involves temporarily attaching strain gauges to different parts of the structure – an expensive, time consuming and complicated process.

Stressed Structural provides a range of services for the civil engineering sector, including stressing, tensioning and monitoring structural components.

The Rotherham company has worked on developments that include the O2 Arena in Berlin, the main terminal at Doha International Airport and the New York Times building, which has been hailed as the most significant addition to the New York skyline in decades.