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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:



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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:

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

PICA in the News… and the e-News!

March 4, 2013 Leave a comment

12-in SeeSnakeBe sure to catch the latest issue of Trenchless Technology Magazine. The magazine prominently features a 12-in PICA SeeSnake job from November in the Midwest. A three-person PICA team mobilized to inspect 3,000 ft of ductile iron force main using a free-swimming tool. Thanks to wonderful pre-engineering and project management from Donahoe and Associates, the field work was seamless and the data quality excellent.

To read the article, please visit Trenchless Online or contact your PICA representative.

PICA is also pleased to announce the launch of our new e-newsletter. We expect this to be a great Condition Assessment resource for industry leaders, discussing recent projects, proper use of existing technologies and many more relevant topics. If you would like to receive a copy of the monthly and aren’t already on our list, please email us.

PICA in 2013!

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

While the blog has been a little quiet since the New Year, that doesn’t mean the PICA team has been.

January started off with Bill Jappy and Chris Garrett attending the Vancouver and Seattle Water Research Foundation Condition Assessment Workshops, respectively. Bill and Chris were pleasantly surprised at the amount of presentation time committed to discussing the SeeSnake tool. The SeeSnake was positively mentioned in many presentations, whether discussing previous work from California to Canada or talking about the prospects of how to best utilize the technology going forward. Be sure to stop by the WRF website to access the PowerPoint slides. Lots of good information available there.

February was busy with site visits and customer meetings. Also of note, PICA joined NASSCO and participated in its annual conference. Chris traveled to the Florida Keys to make a brief presentation, meet lots of engaged and impressive industry leaders and to play a little golf (Editor’s note: Chris did not tell us his golf score…) PICA is looking forward to joining some NASSCO committees and contributing to this great organization.

Lastly, March is fast approaching and that means NASTT No-Dig. Bill and Chris will be hosting the PICA booth (#326). Also be sure to catch Chris’s presentation with Kelly Derr of Brown & Caldwell. On Tuesday morning at 8:30am, these two gentlemen will be discussing the advantages of the SeeSnake, specifically in regard to a recent contract in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. If you are attending the Sacramento conference, be sure to drop by and say hello!

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