Company History

Historical Background

Structural Monitoring Systems commenced commercial operations in 1995 in Perth, Western Australia. The purpose of the company is to commercialise Comparative Vacuum Monitoring (CVM™) technology. The initial intellectual property was developed by its inventor Mr Ken Davey. Ken Davey exchanged his intellectual property rights for a minority shareholding in Structural Monitoring Systems. Structural Monitoring Systems owns and controls all of the intellectual property related to its CVM™ technology.

Structural Monitoring Systems was floated on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in June 2004.


Key Milestones

  • 1996 CVM™ first used in fatigue testing military airframes by DSTO
  • 1998 First commercial contract with Airbus funded by BAe
  • 2000 BAe military aircraft coupon testing program
  • 2001 CVM™ adopted by Airbus for testing in Europe & UK
  • 2002 First installation on operating aircraft for US Navy (H53)
  • 2003 CVM™ adopted by Airbus for testing new materials for new large commercial aircraft
  • 2004 First installation on an operating Boeing commercial passenger aircraft and commencement of Boeing CVM™ NDT Standard Practices Manual program
  • 2004 CVM™ adopted by Airbus for large scale fatigue testing and prognosis in the development of large commercial aircraft.
  • 2005 CVM™ being adopted for onboard airframe structural monitoring and prognosis by several military operators – ADF Black Hawk; RN Sea King; RAF Harrier II and Nimrod MRA2
  • 2005 Pakistan Air Force structural integrity program – FT-5, Mirage 3, C-130
  • 2005 Commencement of Airbus In-flight CVM™ Structural Integrity Monitoring joint development agreement program
  • 2005 License agreement with Boeing for CVM™ use on Boeing commercial aircraft
  • 2005 Evaluation of CVM™ sensors on Airbus TANGO Composite Fuselage structure
  • 2008–First ever-trial production installation on Boeing aircraft structure in association with Boeing, FAA and airline representatives
  • 2008 –Airbus accepts CVM™ as “Technology Ready” for inclusion in its commercial aircraft maintenance programs, and present CVM™ to Airbus operator’s structural engineering group
  • 2008 –Bombardier recognizes CVM™ as having role in reducing their aircraft’s maintenance costs
  • 2008–Large-scale installation of CVM™ sensors on 3 Embraer Full Scale Fatigue Test aircraft rigs
  • 2009–FAA / ATA NDT Forum “Better Way” Award—first time ever awarded to an SHM Technology
  • 2010 –Development and supply of CVM™ sensors and periodic PM200 to Embraer for flight test and evaluation
  • 2010–Delivery of first in-flight monitoring system to Embraer S.A
  • 2011–New management begins optimizing company’s operations
  • 2012-Operations moved to North America and new manufacturing partnership formed with Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp (“AEM”)
  • 2013–Second in-flight program commenced with Embraer—utilizing sensors on E-Jet series aircraft, with support and technical assistance provided by Sandia
  • 2014–Commencement of joint Sandia/Delta Airlines/Boeing program to test CVM™ on Delta operated Boeing 737-NG aircraft, paving the way to FAA approval of technology for use in commercial aircraft
  • 2014–SMS and AEM undergo in-depth facility evaluation and audit by a major global aviation OEM to approve SMS as a Preferred Supplier
  • 2015–SMS begins process of formalizing key strategic Agreements with TestiaGmbH and Sikorsky Aircraft
  • 2015–SMS successfully completes all phases of the joint Sandia/Delta/Boeing commercial in-flight program. Pivotal approval meeting with FAA and Boeing scheduled for Dec-2015

Current CVM™ Products

  • Silicone Sensors – Moulded Silicon
  • Sheet Sensors – Laser Ablated from Polymer Sheet
  • KVAC – The base product reference vacuum source
  • SIM8 – The pressure flow meter that connects to sensors
  • PM200 – The Portable Monitor system designed to suit all types of customer requirements from airframe inspections to inspection of stationary and mobile equipment

Joint Development Programs

Development programs are underway through formal agreements with the world’s major aerospace participants including:
Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Sikorsky and Delta airlines. These programs are supported by long term partnerships with key institutions such the Sandia Laboratories where the FAA NDT Assurance Centre his based and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre – NLR .

Examples of some development programs include:

  • Boeing/Delta/Sandia program – 18 month flight testing on 737 NG aircraft supported by lab based tests at Sandia
  • Development program with Embraer and Sandia Laboratories.
  • Strategic partnership with Airbus owned testing, maintenance and training  organisation TESTIA.
  • Rotary aircraft development program with Sikorsky
  • Military aircraft potential application being developed together with NLR