Notes - Dr Kris Deuar
Dr Kris J Deuar was born and raised in
the capital city of Poland, Warsaw, after the second world
was an award-winning student of structural engineering
(Mathematics and Statistics) at the Warsaw University
of Technology where he studied for his Masters and Ph.
The structural integrity and testing of large multi-story
buildings, with particular consideration of prevention
against progressive collapse (similar to that of the Twin
Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York), was his
area of expertise and led to considerable demand for his
services outside of his native Poland.
Dr Deuar was involved as an adviser in major infrastructure
projects throughout Poland in the 1970's and early 1980's.
In 1983 he emigrated with his family to Brisbane, Australia
where he lives today. There he has the headquarters of
Deuar Pty Ltd, the research and development consultancy
started by Dr Deuar shortly after his arrival in Australia.
In his youth, he has represented his native Poland in
and Development of Mechanical Pole Testing (MPT)
Following his move to Australia in 1983, Dr Deuar commenced
a consultancy contract with the largest Utility Company in
Queensland, the Southeast Queensland Electricity Board (presently
Energex). He was commissioned to examine their pole safety
and pole maintenance by using his expertise in structural
testing of tall concrete and steel buildings.
The problem to be addressed was
1. There was public disquiet about pole
failures in service
2. A large proportion of perfectly good
poles were being replaced in a wasteful system of pole replacement.
years later, through several evolutions of the basic technology,
a fully developed and sophisticated DEUAR MPT system is
now available which can radically improve the management
of pole assets. It addresses Safety as well as Economy.
The DEUAR MPT system inspects poles in live-line situations.
It reports on their suitability for use by using a physical
strength test that offers a Pass/Fail result. (Pole
Those poles that pass are warranted safe in normal use
for a period of 3 to 10 years after pole testing.
No pole that has been tested and passed by the Deuar MPT
has subsequently failed in service; no claim has yet been
made on the warranty offered by Deuar Pty Ltd, despite
the obvious incentive to do so.
Deuar Pty knows of no other pole test that offers such
a guarantee of confidence in its findings.
The savings with this system of pole asset
management are considerable and are front-loaded. This is
because most satisfactory poles, which would otherwise be
condemned, are identified with the initial testing or pole
all poles tested using Deuar MPT can be reliably described
as safe for use in the network afterwards, subject to the
limits of the Deuar Warranty.