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Happy Holidays to you and yours!

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

PICA Corp and Russell NDE wishes you all the best over the holiday season.

We look forward to serving you in 2013!2012-12-22 xmas

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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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PICA Welcomes Bill Jappy

August 13, 2012 2 comments

Bill Jappy

PICA Corp is pleased to announce that Bill Jappy has joined us as our Director of Sales & Marketing. Bill has been in the water industry since 2008, first as a Client Manager for PPIC and then as the New England/Canadian Business Manager at Wachs Water Services.

Bill has extensive experience selling solutions to water/wastewater owners and operators across North America – he has been involved in over 70 projects that have included Remote Field Transformer Coupling (RFTC), Acoustic Emission Technologies, leak detection, emergency response, unidirectional flushing programs, valve and hydrant maintenance and condition assessment.

Bill will be working out of our Toronto location. Please contact him if you have any questions about your water and wastewater infrastructure.

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Season’s Greetings

December 22, 2011 Leave a comment



Merry Christmas

Dear customer and friends,

As the holiday season approaches, I personally want to take a moment to thank you for your continued patronage and to extend to you my very best wishes on behalf of the entire Russell NDE and PICA teams, for a healthy and prosperous New Year.


Dave Russell




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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.

Worldmapper Maps

May 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Have you ever wondered about which countries used the most domestic water? Or industrial water?  Or maybe you’re in the wastewater end of the industry and wanted to know which countries produced the least sewage sludge?

If you are interested for your own sake or wish to find an efficiently mapped diagram illustrating these types of values for your next presentation, try Worldmapper.

Worldmapper contains almost 700 maps illustrating world rates on resources, manufacturing, income, violence (and a surprisingly large number of maps on death…). I found at least a dozen on water or sewage.

The map below provides an example of their world map for Water Use (map #104). You can also obtain a pdf poster version. The different colours are used to identify geographical territories (and are consistent for all maps to facilitate comparisons) while the size represents the quantities of water usage for each territory. The pdf version also includes a smaller image of the land area map for reference.

For partners in fuel producing industries, there are maps for you (#109-120). There are also maps on gas, coal and crude petroleum imports/exports, if you’re into that kind of thing. It’s definitely worth having a look.

And did I mention it’s free?

NOTE: Image is copyright SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).

Welcome to the PICA Corp blog!

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

PICA Corp (Pipeline Inspection and Condition Analysis) provides Direct Condition Assessment for metallic pipelines. We believe that “Good Decisions start with Good Information”.

We have created this blog as a resource for collecting the “Good Information” available online for the water and wastewater industry. Although we will be posting PICA-specific news from time to time, we hope to publish more content featuring the industry-wide commentary, tools and links essential for owners, operators and other stakeholders in this rapidly expanding pipeline industry.

Please feel free to comment, question and add to the posts. We welcome you to our community.

For specific information regarding who we are and what we do, check out our website or email us at .

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