The first Amira Global research project has been unearthed during a computer system update this week: Project ‘P1’, the Wire Rope Research Project, was conducted with the University of New South Wales. It was led by Professor J.P. Morgan, who worked with specialist electrical engineer Dr H. E. J Symes.

The purpose of P1 was to assess the equipment and practices established overseas in the field of non-destructive testing of wire ropes in service.  The project laid out deliberate and collaborative work to enable experimental investigation to confirm the engineering aspects necessary for the development of a testing unit suitable for local climatic and technological conditions.  The entire research and development programme had a number of clearly identifiable phases and emphasised an integration of the work back into industry.

Preparations for P1 began in 1960.  The project itself officially started in 1962, and from then on outcomes were shared annually.  In 1975 the P1 work was consolidated and published. According to the 1976 Amira Bulletin, the work was celebrated as a resounding success:

“In 1960, the Commonwealth Government invited AMIRA to take over the functions of their Wire Rope Research Committee, which was formed in 1949, to assist investigations at the University of Adelaide and elsewhere into the methods of non-destructive testing. AMIRA agreed and joint funding of the research was organised in 1962 following Professor J.P. Morgan’s transfer from University of Adelaide to University of New South Wales.

The project proceeded with support from most of the major Australian mining companies involved in hoisting, as well as Department of Mines and wire rope manufacturers. Each sponsor was represented on the Research Committee which met at regular intervals throughout the life of the project. The Committee provided a unique opportunity for companies, Mines Departments [sic] and manufacturers to meet on common ground to discuss problems associated with hoisting and wire ropes in particular. It contributed substantially to the success of the project and I wish to place on record Council’s gratitude to the Chairman and members of the Committee over the life of the project.”

J. C. Nixon (1976) Amira Bulletin No. 6

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