Windfarm Engineer Completes OTDR Course to Get Ahead
James Reid is an Equipment and Deck Engineer with Dutch company VBSM.NL. Based in Holland he might find himself working on any windfarm around the UK and Europe. Last year he completed our Fibre Optics OTDR course, so we caught up with him to find out more.
“Since I last spoke to you we’ve finished the single mode fibre mux upgrade project to our Plough system, and I will be the Ploughing supervisor for VBMS during the installation of the export cables for the Rampion windfarm (offshore Brighton).”
Did you find the OTDR course useful for your job?
“Definitely. It was a very good course and I’ll look forward to doing more training in the future. One of the most useful parts was understanding the main differences between SM and MM fibres within the umbilical. Also, the fact that there was a sample of Super Scorpio umbilical was good: it’s the same umbilical we used to upgrade our Plough system to fibre mux comm system. Some of the actual fibre theory was a bit tricky to get my head round, but the main instructor was great, and clearly knew his stuff! Since doing the course, if there are any fibre issues and we decide to buy an OTDR I will be the one called upon to utilise it.”
“The information and knowledge I gained through training at The Underwater Centre became extremely valuable during the upgrade project, so it was well worthwhile and I’m glad I made the effort.”