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Our Past Projects

The following is some of Fortburn's more challenging projects, giving insight into how involved yet effective structural testing can be.

Mining Engineering

Fortburn instrumented the boom of a coal mining drag line to gather sufficient information to validate the capacity for future expansion. This work was particularly challenging because of the sheer size of the drag line, the gauging environment and the routing of wiring back to data acquisition equipment.

Some of our specific projects include:

  • BHP
  • Incitec Pivot
  • Rio Tinto
  • Downer Engineering


Civil Engineering

Fortburn has provided strain gauge and displacement transducer installation and monitoring on a number of bridges and tunnels for a number of government road authorities.

Specific projects include:

  • West Gate Bridge
  • Maribyrnong Bridge
  • Burnley Tunnel
  • Princess Bridge
  • Gas line testing


Aerospace Structural Testing

Fortburn has provided extensive support to a large number of aircraft structural tests and aircraft strain surveys for the RAAF, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Qantas Defence Services and Boeing.

Specific projects include:

  • DSTO – Hawk Full Scale Fatigue Test
  • RAAF – F111 CPLT Strain Survey
  • RAAF. P3 C Orion Structural Data Recording Set
  • Qantas Defence Services – C130J Operational Loads Monitoring Program
  • Australian Aerospace MRH 90
  • BAE Systems – P3C Orion
  • Hunter Aerospace Blackhawk HH60

Marine Testing

Fortburn has carried out the instrumented monitoring of an Automated Mooring System for Mooring Systems Limited New Zealand to assist with Lloyds of London accreditation of the system. The requirement was to measure strain, deflection, temperature and hull thickness. It involved setting up data logging on both the ship and dock for data acquisition during docking.

Specific projects include:

  • April Hamer
  • Colins Class Submarine
  • ANZAC Frigates
  • Trelteborg Marine Systems

Automotive Testing

Fortburn has been involved in numerous automotive projects with most Australian car manufacturers, this includes static, dynamic and high temperature testing.

Specific projects include:

  • Holden
  • Ford
  • Toyota
  • Denso
  • Bosch
  • DMO (ASLAV) (Bushmaster)

Rail Testing

Fortburn has had extensive experience in the rail industry throughout Australia working on various projects from Locomotive and Rolling stock, these tests were used for load measurement and fatigue life monitoring.
Specific projects include:

  • Interfleet Freight
  • Pacific National
  • Metro
  • Worley Parsons
  • Queensland Rail