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ACE11 Summary

June 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Chris at ACE11 BoothPICA would like to thank everyone who participated in the AWWA ACE11 conference in Washington, DC. The amount of knowledge sharing and business opportunities at this year’s conference is promising for the water and wastewater industries. Thousands of people passed by the PICA booth and many stopped to chat for a few minutes about the inspection techniques we offer.

If you left your business card with either Ed Brain or Chris Garrett at the booth, please look for an email from them in the coming week.

PICA is excited to build upon all of the relationships established at the conference. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact PICA directly. Lots of great information can also be found by surfing our website too.

Be sure to keep your eye out for PICA at the ASCE Pipelines conference July 23-27 in Seattle, Washington. We hope to see you there!Ed at ACE11 Booth

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In-line inspection companies are working together for the benefit of the client

June 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Dave RussellThe recent rise in the consolidation of companies providing leak detection and condition analysis of water mains (Wachs with JD-7; Pure with EMTEK and PPIC; Mueller with Echologics) confirms that the market for in-line inspection technologies is blossoming and pipeline managers are realizing the value of non-destructive testing for their buried assets.

The life extension of water and wastewater pipelines is a very practical way to make the most effective use of tight maintenance budgets. Although in-line technologies can be invasive (for example, potable mains must be thoroughly flushed and shock-chlorinated after the inspection), this is a small price to pay for the value derived by using them. Technologies like PICA’s HydraSnake and the Wachs JD-7 tools that enter potable water mains offer value to the client as excavation and cutting of the pipe is not required. In addition, removal of thick scale and coatings is not needed for these particular tools.

It may seem that these consolidations give asset managers fewer companies to choose from, however the technologies that they can now bring to the table are varied – each having its own unique strengths – and that is good news for any asset manager.

Kind regards,
Dave Russell

ACE11 Update

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The American Water Works Association ACE11 Exposition is halfway over and PICA has been busy building relationships around the world. From Ecuador to South Korea to North America, guests have been stopping by the PICA booth to learn more about Direct Condition Assessment with the HydraSnake and See-Snake tools.

Ed Brain and Chris Garrett are managing the booth, so if you are in Washington, DC, stop by #126 and introduce yourself.

Check back here over the next few days for pictures and updates and don’t forget: Good Decisions start with Good Information!

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Growing Blue

June 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Growing Blue is a website produced by Veolia Water (creator), Global Water Intelligence (co-manager) and Clean Water America Alliance (advisor) in consultation with many stakeholders and experts in the water industry. In their own words, Growing Blue is meant to  “serve as a resource for credible, accurate information on water. It is also aimed at increasing global awareness of our water challenges and the need for thoughtful solutions.”

It has interactive mapping called the “Blue Tool” that shows water usage by country in intuitive colours. You can also view other maps showing the municipal use, agricultural use or industrial use. By clicking on a specific country, you can access specific information regarding that country and where it ranks amongst 180 others. A screen capture below shows the tool for municipal water use in Canada, which ranks 9th (behind China, the U.S and India who hold the 1st to 3rd places respectively).

Blue Tool

Other features of this website include scenarios for 2030 and 2050, white papers and a list with links to studies (eg: EPA – Sustaining Our Nation’s Water Infrastructure) and water leaders such as WEF, Water for People and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

It’s a useful site for the water and wastewater industry. Check it out.