kris deuar Biographical Notes - Dr Kris Deuar
  • Dr Kris J Deuar was born and raised in the capital city of Poland, Warsaw, after the second world war.
  • He 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. D. thesis.
  • 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 international athletics.
Origin 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 twofold: -
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.

Many 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 grading).
  • 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 inspection.

Additionally, 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.


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