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In-line inspection companies are working together for the benefit of the client

June 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Dave RussellThe recent rise in the consolidation of companies providing leak detection and condition analysis of water mains (Wachs with JD-7; Pure with EMTEK and PPIC; Mueller with Echologics) confirms that the market for in-line inspection technologies is blossoming and pipeline managers are realizing the value of non-destructive testing for their buried assets.

The life extension of water and wastewater pipelines is a very practical way to make the most effective use of tight maintenance budgets. Although in-line technologies can be invasive (for example, potable mains must be thoroughly flushed and shock-chlorinated after the inspection), this is a small price to pay for the value derived by using them. Technologies like PICA’s HydraSnake and the Wachs JD-7 tools that enter potable water mains offer value to the client as excavation and cutting of the pipe is not required. In addition, removal of thick scale and coatings is not needed for these particular tools.

It may seem that these consolidations give asset managers fewer companies to choose from, however the technologies that they can now bring to the table are varied – each having its own unique strengths – and that is good news for any asset manager.

Kind regards,
Dave Russell