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Kattsafe

Sayfa is now Kattsafe

We’ve built a name for ourselves by continuously innovating safer, simpler height access and fall protection systems, and now it’s time for our business to evolve too.

Bringing everything we do under one new name makes it even simpler to work with us and use our products. And behind it all, we’re still the same team, quality products, and customer service that you’ve come to expect.

Suntop solar farm, Wellington NSW

Kattsafe modular access - quick and easy install with pre-assembled systems

Stairs and platform system for a rooftop solar farm in Wellington, NSW
The situation

The Suntop Solar Farm project, located near Wellington south of Dubbo, will generate approximately 396GW of energy throughout the year which is enough energy to meet the needs of over 65,000 homes.

Fitted with innovative single-axis tracking, the panels can follow the sun’s movement east to west each day. The solar farm will also provide a valuable boost to the local economy, as during peak activity up to 400 workers will be required to maintain its operation.

The raised delivery stations within the solar farm had no access or working platforms/surfaces to allow personnel to conduct maintenance operations. This was impairing the company’s ability to provide a safe and user-friendly working environment, a requirement of high importance to any employer.

The facility needed the provision of an access system that could be easily unloaded, ideally without the use of cranes or heavy lifting equipment, and one which enabled installation by hand. As with most remote locations, specialist trades, tools and equipment can often be difficult and expensive to bring to site.

Additionally, all systems had to be compliant and engineered to meet stringent Australian Standard criteria.

Installer

Bouygues Construction Australia

Solution

Bouygues Construction Australia had previously worked together with Kattsafe on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project so they were confident that we could offer a practical solution for their client, Suntop Solar Farm.

Conceptual platform designs were originally provided to Bouygues using our Builda configurator. This online program allows real time creation and produces drawings, parts lists, indicative pricing and 3D designs which let the client visualise the systems being installed.

As part of the Builda’s parameters, all designs that are created from the configurator are compliant to Australian and New Zealand Standards AS 1657 and AS/NZS 1170.

If further engineering is required to cater for requirements such as specific weight or wind loads, Kattsafe’s Engineering Team can assist with incorporating these custom specifications into the designs.

Initial Concept – draft drawings created in the Builda.

Once feedback and comments were received, Kattsafe’s Design Team produced detailed design drawings which were signed off by Bouygues before commencement of manufacture.

Kombi Aluminium Access Platforms installed at solar farm drawing conceptFinal Design - detailed drawings provided by SAYFA’s in-house Design Team for manufacture.

The platforms were pre-assembled by Kattsafe’s Production Team at our Boronia facility and then delivered to site in modules. This ensured a quicker and easier install for the project. However, the components can also be delivered as flat packs to reduce transportation costs or if the delivery location has constraints such as lift access only or limited available space.

As the installation was taking place in country NSW, consideration had to be made to enable minimal site preparation for the platforms.

Testimonials

The platforms feature proprietary adjustable legs so the Bouygues Team could modify the height and angle on-site to suit varying ground level conditions. It was then very quickly bolted together, saving both time and money. This resulted in a fast, effective and compliant install which in turn made for a very happy client.

Jeremy Parker, Kattsafe Corporate Business Manager
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