Happy World Water Day!

March 22, 2013 Leave a comment

2013-03-22 World Water DayMarch 22 is World Water Day. Use today to think about the importance of freshwater and sustainable freshwater resources.

Even better, 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation. If you wish to learn more about this prestigious year or learn how you can contribute, visit the UN Water Cooperation website.

In the meantime, celebrate today with a cold, refreshing glass of H2O. Unless you’re in Alberta, where they just got a large dump of snow. Then you may want to heat it up and enjoy it infused with tea.



March 8, 2013 Leave a comment

The PICA team has just returned from a successful trip out west to the Annual NASTT No-Dig conference. Bill Jappy and Chris Garrett looked after the PICA booth as conference attendees wandered the exposition hall.

Csaba Ekes stopped by to discuss how his SewerVue tool can be combined with PICA’s SeeSnake inspections to offer Condition Assessment of all pipe materials. Many members of the 3M team visited the booth to reinforce the strength of the recently signed strategic alliance between the two companies. Dan Ellison and Frank Blaha also stopped by to discuss some of the logistics of their upcoming Water Research Foundation project “Leveraging Data from Non-Destructive Examinations to Help Select Ferrous Water Mains for Renewal“. These are just a few examples of the great conversations taking place around No-Dig.

If you were able to swing by the booth, thank you for your interest and time. If you were unable to see us, that’s okay – drop us a quick email or phone call and we will happily bring you up to speed.

Check back soon to get an overview of some of the great presentations we attended during the week.

Chris and Csaba Ekes at the PICA booth.

Chris and Csaba Ekes at the PICA booth.

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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PICA forms strategic alliance with 3M

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment

PICA is pleased to announce that it has formed a strategic alliance with 3M’s Infrastructure Protection Division this week. While PICA is known for its direct condition assessment of ferrous pipe materials, 3M offers drinking water pipe rehabilitation solutions that may be installed as a non-structural corrosion coating, semi-structural lining or AWWA Class IV rehabilitation solution.

This means that water utilities can customize their lining specifications to their pipe condition and optimize the way they spend their rehabilitation dollars.

For more information on this exciting alliance, read our press release or visit us at our websites: 3M  PICA.

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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 & 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