PICA Corp is Hiring a Data Evaluation Specialist!

October 2, 2013 Leave a comment

We have been busy and are looking to expand our team in the Greater Toronto Area. If you are an engineer or scientist with an extreme attention to detail and interest in providing critical condition assessment information to pipeline owners around the world, we are looking for you.

The job requires some travel but will be primarily office work. Apply now: http://www.picacorp.com



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PICA & 3M’s Holistic Approach for your Pipeline

September 26, 2013 Leave a comment

A common theme in this blog and in the water infracture industry on the whole, has been the costs of replacing aging pipelines. Research has shown that the traditional approach of  repair small leaks/breaks and replace the line when the repairs exceed a specified threshold may not be the optimal approach where 96% of pipelines are still in good working condition (“A Game Plan for Aging Water Infrastructure” AWWA 2010).

The Western Canada Water Conference and Exhibition was held in Edmonton last week.  PICA’s President, Dave Russell, along with Clint Jones, Product Developer at 3M Infrastructure Protection Division, took this opportunity to present a paper explaining the advantages of Direct Condition Assessment in combination with the right lining solution to rehabilitate the remaining 4%. Armed with the right information and the right solution, pipeline owners and operators can extend the life of their pipelines in a cost-effective manner.

Click to read “WCW’13-Condition Assessment And Rehab-A Holistic Approach“.

Back to school for U.S. water infrastructure.

August 2, 2013 Leave a comment

DThe ASCE just gave U.S. water infrastructure a D.

The EPA’s fifth “Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment” report has been released and estimates that $247.5 billion will be needed to repair or replace the nation’s aging transmission and distribution systems. Peter Grevatt, Ph.D., the director of the EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, believes that asset management is integral and states that the EPA has been working with utilities to “anticipate where there is going to be a failure rather than waiting to see where the water starts to come out of the ground.”

They are not the only ones to think proactive management is better than reactive repairs. The ASCE 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure states that “determining pipe condition through cost-effective structural assessment will allow worst-condition pipes to be addressed first, avoiding potential failures and associated risks, damages, and costs. These structural condition assessments will also help avoid premature replacement of structurally sound pipes to save resources and time.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.


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Russell NDE launches new website

July 5, 2013 Leave a comment

PICA’s parent company, Russell NDE Systems, is a leading in NDT technologies and services. In business for over 35 years, they provide world class products such as their RFT-ECT Ferroscope and inspection services for oil and gas pipelines, heat exchangers, boilers tanks, etc..

They have recently launched a glossy, new website that is easier to navigate and contains at least one “mahout”.

You’ll have to check it out: http://www.russelltech.com/

PICA congratulates Chris Garrett.

June 6, 2013 Leave a comment
Chris & Si

Chris & Si

If you had a hard time getting a hold of Chris Garrett at the end of May, it’s because he was busy vacationing overseas where he proposed to his girlfriend, Si. She accepted and we at PICA extend a hearty congratulations to the happy couple.

Chris will be at our ACE booth (5057)  in Denver next week so please drop by and extend your good wishes.

You can also discuss our line of patented SeeSnake inspection tools. 🙂

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PICA finds a hole in one!

May 31, 2013 1 comment

Last July, we posted a blog about inspecting 4,400 ft of 16-in ductile iron force main in the southern U.S. using PICA’s patented SeeSnake. The resulting condition assessment indicated that the first 550 ft of line was heavily corroded while the remaining line was in great shape. A report was written that provided the remaining wall thickness along with axial and clock positions for the three thinnest pitting regions in each pipe.

Last week, a dig was performed to confirm PICA’s assessment on one of the assessed pipes. PICA predicted a through hole (0% remaining wall) located 2.7 ft from the joint along with two other corroded regions approximately 6 ft from the joint. The excavated pipe contained exactly that.

Knowing that PICA’s technology provides direct condition assessment that works, the client can now make informed decisions regarding their pipeline.

Through hole in Ductile Iron

OCWA and PICA announce teaming agreement

May 14, 2013 Leave a comment


TORONTO, May 14, 2013 – PICA Corporation and The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) announced a teaming agreement with both parties collaborating exclusively on specific projects and clients. Both parties plan to enter a joint marketing effort to promote the strengths of their combined approaches.

Russell NDE/PICA offers direct condition assessment on ferrous pipe materials (Ductile Iron, Cast Iron, and Steel). The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) provides environmentally responsible and cost-effective water and wastewater services to municipalities, institutions, industry and First Nations across Ontario.

“We are very excited about this opportunity” said Bill Jappy Director of Sales and Marketing for PICA Corporation.  “This teaming agreement is a huge boost for PICA; it aligns us with a market leader and the opportunity to expand from our base in Alberta into the thriving Ontario Water Marketplace.” PICA Corporation will determine actual remaining wall-thickness by using its patented Remote Field Technology,   “See Snake” inspection tools. The See Snake is an advanced condition assessment tool for inspection of Cast-Iron, Ductile-Iron and Steel pipelines. The free-swimming and tethered tool can inspect up to 20km (free-swimming) and 800m (tethered) from a single insertion and the tools employ high-resolution RFT (Remote Field Testing) technology, which is recognized by several standardization bodies (ASTM E2096.05, ASME section V, ASNT TC-1A). The tools are designed to find localized areas of wall loss and measure the depth and length of local wall loss indications.

“OCWA is looking forward to working with an innovative company such as PICA. This teaming agreement allows us to broaden our asset management service offerings to our clients,” said Cliff Jones, Vice President Sales & Marketing and Engineering Services.

About PICA Corporation

PICA provides accurate measurements of remaining wall thickness in cast-iron, ductile-iron and steel pipelines. Their unique, patented technology can “see” through liners, scale and tubercles to detect graphitization and pitting, erosion and cracks. Tools use electromagnetic technology which does not require the sensors to be in contact with the pipe wall inside the pipe. The Tools have equal sensitivity to wall-loss regardless of whether it is on the inside or outside of the pipe. www.picacorp.com

About OCWA

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) provides environmentally responsible and cost-effective water and wastewater services to municipalities, institutions, industry and First Nations. Established as a provincial crown agency in 1993, OCWA operations, engineering, and technical services provide clean water expertise to communities and businesses all across Ontario. www.ocwa.com

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