The University of Western Australia was the recipient of a $5m grant to purchase the CAMECA 1280 ion probe microscope as part of a nation-wide multi-university research initiative.
Room preparation and logistics organisation for the installation of the French manufactured CAMECA 1280 Ion Probe Electron Microscope.
NS Projects managed the preparation of the microscopes new home within the UWA Physics building to meet the exact environmental conditions needed for its operation. This included installation of air cooling and humidity controls, vibration management and installation of electromagnetic radiation control measures.
A team of specialist engineers was assembled, to design the changes required to the room to allow the microscope to operate in accordance with manufactures specifications.
- Creating the exact local environment required for the microscope. The location needed to comply with specific electromagnetic radiation levels, a narrow temperature variation range and minimal ground platform vibration specification. Compliance was essential if the manufacturer was to warrant and commission the instrument.
- Defining the particularly challenging vibration specifications for the instrument installed on a suspended slab.
- Transporting the seven-tonne instrument from the point of manufacture in France. A 20-tonne crane was engaged to lift the instrument to a second level balcony. From there, components of the instrument, each weighing up to three tonnes, were wheeled across a suspended concrete floor which required propping to deal with the weight.
- Planning and room preparation required assembling a competent specialised building and design team, together with the adoption of a problem solving approach.