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Montreal-based consultancy completes inspection and leak detection of six 1,200-mm steel watermains and one 1,500-mm PCCP main in Montreal

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Since September 2013, GAME Consultants has been paving the way for the next generation of watermain condition assessment tools by using existing tools and working to improve the results with every project. The company’s position is to equip itself with a wide range of tools designed exclusively for use in watermains.

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GSSI’s new 350 HS Antenna uses HyperStacking technology to improve performance while meeting GPR emissions limits

350 HS Antenna.

GSSI has announced its 350 HS Antenna, which greatly improves the depth and data resolution performance of traditional real time sampling technologies. The 350 HS is designed for use with new digital HyperStacking technology, which allows users to see deeper targets and operate in conditions considered too “noisy” for conventional systems. Easily configurable, the 350 HS antenna is ideal for archaeology, geophysics, and utility locating applications.

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Trimble launches new version of its smart water management software to streamline utility field operations

Trimble Unity is a GIS-Centric Cloud and Mobile Software, offering a suite of applications and tools to support smart water management.

Trimble has announced the latest version of its smart water mapping and work management software—Trimble Unity 3.0. Trimble Unity is a cloud-based, (GIS) centric software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for smart water management. Version 3.0 includes new features and workflows and also offers an App Builder and new integration capabilities to simplify connecting mobile workers with maps and data from back office enterprise systems.

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Prevent leaks and bring lead leaching into compliance with ePIPE

Prevent leaks and bring lead leaching into compliance with ePIPE

Pipe Restoration Inc., Technologies, LLC, (PRT), a world-leading pipe lining innovator and manufacturer of the patented, proven ePIPE pipe restoration technology, offers the fastest, 2 hour return to service barrier coating that prevents water pipe leaks, as well as bringing lead leaching into compliance. In honor of the United States' Environmental Protection Agency's national Fix a Leak Week, and United Nations' World Water Day on March 22, PRT announces that it is helping to combat the global issue of water conservation and access to clean water with the ePIPE patented leak protection process.

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“Locatable Rope” from 3M

EMS Rope 7000 Series helps alleviate the detection problems often faced by utilities.

The Electronic Marker System (EMS) Rope 7700 series uses propriety 3M path marking technology to deliver more accurate and more reliable tracking of underground plastic pipe and fiber optic conduit. Designed as a high performance alternative to the current industry standard solution, the new EMS Rope series is available for use in the electrical utility industry. The EMS Rope Series is also available for gas, telco, wastewater and water utility applications.

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Into the void

Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) gives towns and cities another tool they can use to more precisely target such digs.

It’s not uncommon to use ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to map underground utilities, but some municipalities are using it to find, well, nothing at all.

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Lead pipes still a problem in Canada

Lead pipes still a problem in Canada

The shocking story of lead contamination in Flint, Michigan may seem like a one-off situation that most of us living in modern housing don’t need to worry about. But after reading with horror and sadness all the coverage of how officials in Flint failed to protect thousands of mostly poor Americans, including children, from ingesting dangerous levels of lead that leached from corroded water pipes, I decided to look at the situation north of the border. (Flint is only a two-hour drive from London, ON) The conclusion? While the lead pipe problem in Canada isn’t as dire as in Flint, admittedly an extreme example, neither should we turn a blind eye to it, because thousands of Canadians (the exact number is impossible to pinpoint) may also be unknowingly drinking lead-contaminated water because they live in older homes where lead pipes and fittings were commonly installed.

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B.C. robotics manufacturer working with Seatronics to supply ROV

Seatronics is working with Inuktun to supply the Inuktun ROV Manipulator as a standardised option for the Seatronics Predator ROV Elite System.

Seatronics, an Acteon company, and market leaders in the rental and sale of marine electronic equipment, has announced a collaboration with Canadian-based manufacturer, Inuktun Services Ltd. Inuktun has extensive expertise in remote controlled robotic transport and delivery of multi-mission, modular technology used in hazardous environments and confined spaces.

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Addressing the challenges of inspecting corrugated metal pipe

In the city of Levis, Quebec, one section of a storm water drainage system comprised of corrugated metal pipe was identified as high concern. After a visual and acoustic assessment, two anomalies were chosen for BCT imaging.

Corrugated metal pipe (CMP) is heavily reliant on supporting soil for structural integrity. As such, a condition assessment must include an evaluation of the supporting soil to be considered complete. Previously there was no conclusive and quantifiable way to assess soil condition without damaging the pipe wall – further compromising the structural condition of the pipe.

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Inspection Crawler System

The Versatrax 150 Mark II can carry sonar, retrieval tools, laser profilers or NDT sensors.

For pipe diameters 6 to 12 inches using the inline version or 12 inches and greater for the parallel chassis, the Versatrax 150 Mark II is capable of penetrating as far as one kilometre in a single deployment, more than 540 metres further than the standard Versatrax 150 pipe inspection vehicle.

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Robotic inspection goes 1/2-K deep

Cheves Hydropower Tunnel in Peru ended up breaking the ASI company record for the deepest flooded tunnel.

In June, ASI Marine (ASI) personnel conducted a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) underwater inspection of the Cheves Hydropower Tunnel in Peru and ended up breaking the ASI company record for the deepest flooded tunnel inspection at 570 metres water depth. The Cheves Hydropower Project is being developed by Empresa de Generacion Electrica Cheves S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Statkraft, a Norwegian electricity company.

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