Archive for May, 2013

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.

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.

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