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PICA & Russell NDE Open House

December 14, 2012 Leave a comment

PICA and Russell NDE hosted an open house for Edmonton based customers on Dec 11 & 12, 2012.

2012-12-14 Open House 1Products displayed and demonstrated were:

  • PICA tools for water mains (access through Hydrants)
  • PICA tools for waste water pipelines (free swimming and tethered)
  • PICA external tools for spot inspection of pipelines (Blanket Probe & Bracelet Probe through coatings and insulation)
  • Russell NDE ultrasonic tools for inspection of pipelines from inside and out
  • Russell NDE Vertiscan system for inspection of boiler tubes
  • Russell NDE E-PIT probes for inspection of pipelines and boiler tubes from outside of tube, through coatings
  • Russell NDE Ferroscope system for inspection of heat exchanger and boiler tubes
  • Russell NDE ultrasonic SIRIS system for the inspection of heat exchanger and boiler tubes
  • Russell NDE digital thickness gauges

A crowd of 30+ local customers visited and expressed interest in many of the technologies displayed.

For inquiries on any of these products/services, please contact info@russelltech.com or info@picacorp.com

 

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PICA’s Bracelet Probe is successful in its first commercial application

October 16, 2012 1 comment

PICA recently completed field work using its new Bracelet Probe in Florida. A Bracelet Probe, manufactured by PICA’s sister company, Russell NDE Systems, is similar to the in-line SeeSnake tools used to inspect metallic pipeline. While the SeeSnake is an internally applied technology, the Bracelet Probe is applied externally and is appropriate for cast and ductile iron, bare pipe and for insulated, above-ground, steel pipe.

In Florida, PICA technicians inspected two sets of ductile iron pipe, 14″ and 20″ in diameter. Internal corrosion was found to be limited but there was some degree of external corrosion not immediately apparent from visual inspections due to the presence of graphitic corrosion. The graphite was later chipped out to confirm the inspected corrosion depth with a pit depth gauge. PICA’s results are currently being incorporated into the client’s Asset Management Plans.

For more information on the Blanket Probe (similar to the Bracelet Probe), watch this short video or contact us at info@picacorp.com

Bracelet Probe

Costa Mesa uses PICA SeeSnake on award winning project.

September 14, 2012 1 comment

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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!

PICA inspects 8″ and 12″ force mains in Southern California

August 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Inspecting FMs in SoCalPICA just delivered a final report for two force mains inspected in Southern California. The first line was 300 feet of 12-in ductile iron pipe and the second line was over 1,000 feet of 8-in ductile iron.

The two lines were selected by the client in order to obtain wall thickness measurements of the pipes as well as to assess the reliability and performance of the SeeSnake tools. Each run was accessed via manhole openings and contained multiple bends. The success of this job will allow the client to make proactive decisions about their infrastructure.

 

For more information about PICA’s services, please email us at info@picacorp.com or give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!

PICA inspects 16-in force main

July 4, 2012 Leave a comment

InspectionLast week PICA completed the field work for a 16-in wastewater pipeline inspection. Located in the southern U.S., this cement lined ductile iron pipe had a history of failure and was a candidate for replacement and up-sizing. PICA was called in to assess the remaining life of the force main by measuring the actual remaining wall thickness of the pipe.

During the inspection, PICA’s SeeSnake Direct Condition Assessment tool traveled 4,400 ft, navigating five bends and crossing under major roadways.

The data is now in the Toronto office being analysed and a report will be issued shortly. For more information about this project and how PICA can improve your Asset Management plan, give us a call – we are happy to help!

PICA paper receives a 97% rating at NASTT No-Dig in TN.

June 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Many companies can offer an extensive list of the pros (many) and cons (few) of their technologies. No doubt, they are even true. Personally. I like to see case studies that give more practical information including a description of why the technology was needed, what pipeline or tool adaptations needed to be done to facilitate  using the technology, challenges faced (and hopefully overcome) and what the results were. And case studies usually provide a story-style narrative that makes it a better read than technology specifications.

Chris Garrett (PICA USA) and Ad Shatat (Russell NDE Systems) presented a paper at the NASTT No-Dig this year that scored in the top 1% of papers presented. Titled “NDE Techniques for Water and Wastewater Pipe Condition Assessment”, it offers two case studies:

  • 30 year old 12-in steel water main in Hong Kong
  • 20 year old 24-in ductile iron wastewater line in Missouri

Both lines were in sensitive areas, had fragile liners that could not be damaged and were inspected using PICA’s free-swimming SeeSnake RFT technologies.

To view this highly rated paper, click here. I am looking forward to the sequel.

Drinking Water Week 2012

May 8, 2012 1 comment

Drinking Water Week 2012When it comes to clean, safe drinking water every drop counts. Currently, 86% of Canadian households enjoy their water directly from a municipal water source, having access to 7% of the world’s renewable freshwater while 1 in 7 people worldwide lack for safe drinking water.

Additionally:

  • The water industry is a $400 billion global industry, the third largest behind electricity and oil.
  • We in North America consume 100-175 gallons per day (per person) while Africans use 5 gallons per day (per FAMILY).
  • In developing countries, 80% of diseases are caused by unsanitary water.

May 6-11, 2012 is Drinking Water Week. It’s a good opportunity to remind ourselves how fortunate we are to have easy access to safe drinking water. It is also a good time to renew our commitment to water conservation to ensure we continue to have it for ourselves and our children (and their children…).

There are many resources available online that detail ways individuals, groups, industries and municipalities can save water or stretch their water budgets further. Please set aside some time this week to search some that work for you. To start you off, here is a link to the Alberta WaterPortal’s list of water savvy apps for your smartphone. There are 48 apps listed with apps appropriate for children, adults, students, water professionals and even for the hardcore angler.

[Sources: Stats Canada, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Alberta WaterPortal, Blue Planet Network]