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New FRC International WBV Motion Analysis Course

There are many myths surrounding Whole Body Vibration (WBV) measurement and analysis on fast craft where the motion is often Repeated Shock (RS) as much as WBV.

FRC International has developed a one day course that is easy to understand and delivers the latest information to support vibration exposure assessment, EC compliance and exemption applications.

The FRC Motion Analysis Course has been developed in association with Dr Tom Gunston and Dr Trevor Dobbins, two of the worlds leading experts on RS and WBV exposure on RIBs and fast craft. The first Motion Analysis Course is being held in Southampton UK on 12th December 2012.

Vibration data acquisition equipment is becoming more affordable but operators need a real understanding of what types of recording unit are relevant and how to use them on fast craft. To make the most of a vibration logging system the user must have an understanding of RS and WBV analysis requirements plus what the data and information can be used for. The aim of the course is for attendees to gain an understanding of international best practice to enable them to use data-logging systems correctly.

The course covers how to measure WBV and RS on all types of craft, including analysis methods and their appropriate use. From this the data can be used to assess the benefits of various shock mitigation solutions, such as suspension seats, as well as informing the designers and builders about fundamental aspects of boat design such as hull geometry.

In planing craft the crew’s exposure to RS and WBV is also a result of the coxswains driving style and skill. Therefore data collection and analysis can help provide feedback to improve rough weather handling. A current area of interest is how vibration data analysis can be linked to health surveillance and long term monitoring, which is a requirement of the EC WBV legislation as well as a duty-of-care issue.



In response to industry requests for guidance, this new one day course is in an easy to understand format. Attendees will gain relevant experience as the course will use a number of examples of data acquisition systems and analysis techniques. This includes systems that are specifically designed for day to day and routine monitoring on RIBs and planing craft.

John Haynes, operations director of FRC International said: ‘The Motion Analysis Course provides designers, boat builders and end-users with the ability to measure levels of vibration exposure that can affect crew and passengers on all types of craft. This understanding enables operators to improve safety and performance across their maritime operations.’

The one day course including lunch is £250. BMF members £225.

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