WS1: Vibration in Action Workshop: A practical introduction of the use and value of vibration analysis with Elvis the test-rig (Part 1 – Part 2 required in PM)

Dennis Swanepoel, Lead Technician, WearCheck


The Practical Vibration Analysis workshop, presented by Dennis Swanepoel, will provide an opportunity to sharpen your diagnostic skills and strengthen your depth of knowledge. This is no ordinary conference workshop. You will be challenged. You will be made to think. And you will learn essential skills that all vibration analysts must have to confidently diagnose the trickiest fault conditions (that might otherwise leave you frustrated and even embarrassed). Rather than teaching you how to diagnose faults, you will actually try to diagnose faults yourself. You will either learn from your mistakes or gain confidence from your victories.

During the workshop you will be grouped in a small team of three vibration analysts and given access to a range of information and data. You can ask for additional information, and you can perform additional tests, but everything you do will cost “points”. The aim is for your team to solve each of the diagnostic challenges (while being coached by Dennis) and “beat” the other teams.


He started his career attaining his National Diploma(S4) in Mechanical Engineering and becoming a Performance and Testing Technician in the Power Generation Industry. He has been in the field of Condition Monitoring for the past 19 years. Starting out as an apprentice he managed to improve his knowledge in condition monitoring in various industries and becoming involved in training. Currently, his main duties are shared between starting up new service contracts, Special Investigations, Training (Mobius Training Partner), CBM Connect Editorial board and active member. Industries that he has worked in include Power Generation, Coal Mining, Platinum/chrome refinery and mining, Waste Water Treatment, Food, Paper and Sugar Mills. His most recent achievement was to pass the Mobius CAT IV course and starting up two service contracts in the Power Generation Industry that include vibration, thermography, oil analysis, and alignment. Qualifications: Higher Diploma Mechanical Engineering, Vibration ISO CAT IV, Asset Reliability CAT 3, Oil Analysis, Thermal Snell Level 1, ODS and Modal Analysis.