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PICA at IPC in Calgary

September 27, 2012 Leave a comment

This week the International Pipelines Conference & Exposition (IPC) is in Calgary, AB. PICA sent two of their condition assessment experts to check it out along with staff from Russell NDE Services.

The SeeSnake technology used by PICA to inspect water and wastewater lines is also used by Russell to inspect oil and gas lines. Many of the principles used for condition assessment and risk assessment for eroding pipelines apply to both industries and advances in one industry can often benefit the other.

For more information on SeeSnake inspections in any type of metallic pipeline, check out our website or visit Ankit at the Russell booth in Calgary.


Jake Regala and Sonya Semanuik at IPC

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Costa Mesa uses PICA SeeSnake on award winning project.

September 14, 2012 1 comment


Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) was recently presented the Avoiding Disasters by Proactively Assessing Sewer Force Main Conditions – INNOVATIVE PROGRAM/PROJECT AWARD by the California Special Districts Association.

As stated in their application, “Sewer force main pipes are ticking time bombs for public agencies”. Aiming to prevent a ruptured force main similar to one that ruptured for a nearby agency (spilling nearly 2.3 million gallons of untreated sewage into three creeks), CMSD employed an innovative process to accurately assess their pipeline.

First, CMSD’s team of experts successfully cleaned 1,500 ft of sewer force mains using poly pigs made of flexible open cell polyurethane foam. No pigs got lodged in the pipeline and there was no disruption of service to customers. Then PICA employed its SeeSnake RFT tool to measure wall thickness. The results have confirmed CMSD’s decision to assess these lines and are immediately making plans to rehabilitate the force main before a sanitary sewer overflow occurs.

CMSD Engineer, Rob Hamers, stated that he has “waited over 30 years for a tool like SeeSnake” and compares it to be equivalent to the invention of the calculator for engineers.

Congratulations to CMSD and their proactive approach to force main management!