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Trimble introduces new pipe lasers for utility construction


The Perma-Liner CIPMH (cured-in- place-manhole liner) is a unique one-piece liner made to fit all manholes including; barrel sections, eccentric and concentric cones constructed of brick and mortar, pre-cast or block. The CIPMH for Chimney or Full Depth manhole lining eliminates infiltration and inflow through manhole walls. This universally sized manhole liner is engineered to resist freeze-thaw cycles and creates a water-tight, corrosion resistant structural lining.

RFID-enabled InfraMarker cuts locate times by a tenth

Finding and identifying underground assets has long been a challenge for utilities, municipalities and facility managers. Mistakes and accidental hits are both costly and dangerous. Now, thanks to infrastructure-marking experts Berntsen International, there is an easier way to mark utilities and manage them using the latest technologies available to the industry.


Trimble introduced the latest version of its smart water mapping and work management cloud software – Trimble Unity version 2.0. The version adds new capabilities to support complex water, wastewater and stormwater industry asset maintenance planning and work execution workflows, support for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) GNSS mapping receivers for smart devices and cloud-based single sign-on integration with Esri ArcGIS Online.

Illinois utility starts drone tests

A giant power utility and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – better known as drones – may seem like an unlikely combination, but Illinois-based Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) hopes to change that.


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Deep Toronto fibre project demands robust video inspection equipment

When Arno Électrique Ltée. of Trois Rivieres, Quebec sought a contractor to perform pre-installation video inspection of PVC conduit piping before they could place fibre optic cable for a new Toronto hydro-electric station, their options were limited. Their customer, Hydro One, had presented a challenging project, whose demands few inspection providers would be able to meet.

Multi-sensor inspection robot shows benefits of pipe penetrating radar

Pipe penetrating radar (PPR), the in-pipe application of ground penetrating radar (GPR) is one of the most promising quantitative pipe condition assessment technologies to emerge in recent years. With most of the underground pipe infrastructure reaching the end of their design life there is a need to provide measurable data in order to establish the extent of rehabilitation required or the timing of replacement for large diameter critical pipe lines.

Surrey solves I&I mysteries with electrical pipe scanning system

With municipal proposal requests being issued throughout the United States, from Miami- Dade County (Miami, FL) to East Bay Municipal Utility District (Oakland, CA), and having just won the United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology’s “Best Project – Small Scheme” Award in April, 2015, it became clear that Electro Scan projects have been growing in demand across the globe – so much so that Electro Scan Inc. opened two new offices – one in London, England and one in Toronto, Ontario. In its first month, Electro Scan Canada Ltd. performed six live demonstrations throughout the Greater Toronto Area at the request of local agencies.

Researchers use unmanned aircraft to inspect energy pipeline route

The first Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech test flight using a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft to inspect an energy pipeline route – with a piloted chase plane following behind to ensure safety beyond the ground observers’ sight line – was completed on March 17. The flight was a step toward making aerial inspections of energy pipelines safer and more economical, researchers say.


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Perform inspections in 6-inch to 24-inch pipelines from a single integrated unit. Locatable via a built-in 512 Hz sonde, the system features a colour pan and tilt mainline zoom camera, auto upright lateral camera, rear view camera and tilt-up connector. A launch camera actuator allows for easy insertion into 90-degree laterals and the dedicated 90-watt motor produces amazing pushing force for lateral inspections up to 100 feet from the mainline. The six-wheel drive tractor features three forward speeds, reverse and freewheel with speeds up to 70 feet per minute.


The VIPER ADV Pipe Inspection Camera is an advanced viewing device that meets various remote visual inspection requirements.


The P350 flexitrax system offers inspection professionals a comprehensive and portable crawler system. This advanced and affordable system features the simplicity and transportability of a pushrod system while delivering the functionality and performance associated with complex and expensive crawler systems.


Deployed in pipes 6 to 10 inches in diameter, the JetScan Mini video nozzle gives sewer cleaning crews the visual feedback they need to select the proper tools, troubleshoot backups, identify buried safety hazards, and document successful cleaning. This simple, rugged device is affordable enough to put on every cleaning truck, yet captures valuable HD video footage from underground pipes for offline tablet viewing.


On the heels of the successful launch of the MPlus+ Lateral and Mini-Mainline Push System, CUES has released the new MPlus+ XL with P&T capabilities which offers the most flexible and feature packed mini-mainline push systems on the market, according to the company. The modular design of the MPlus+ XL will now accommodate the most demanding users with P&T capabilities on the new XL Coiler configuration designed for larger pipeline applications up to 500 feet.


The PANORAMO SI Manhole Inspection System brings the versatility, speed and data acquisition of the PANORAMO system to downhole inspections. The system features inspection speeds of up to 14 inches per second, 100 percent coverage, geometric measurements from any point inside the manhole, laser depth measurement, 225 feet of cable and capabilities from 10-inch diameter and up. The PANORAMO software allows you to view the manhole from any angle, at any position creating a “virtual-reality” style view of the manhole. This file can be viewed from any computer, anytime. The system also automatically generates a three-dimensional model of the inside of the manhole that can be rotated, viewed, measured, or output to a CAD file for further analysis.

Upgraded Lateral Camera System ‘Goes the Distance’

Whether inspecting pipe laterals for cleaning, repair or inspection, plumbing specialists now have a one-touch lateral camera system that supports a wide range of pipe sizes with a highly durable yet comparatively inexpensive self-contained unit. The 200-foot pushrod capability of the new PortaVision 3 from HammerHead Trenchless Equipment can be increased from its standard system to a 300- or 400-foot capability simply by changing out its premium fiberglass spiral-wound pushrod reels – eliminating the cost of duplicate system components to meet the needs of all jobsite applications.

GSSI Announces Affordable RoadScan 30 GPR System for Road Inspection and Analysis

GSSI, has announced the new RoadScan 30, a safe, reliable and non-destructive GPR system designed for road inspection and analysis. RoadScan is an affordable and versatile tool, ideal for measuring pavement thickness, conducting base and sub-base evaluations, and measuring available asphalt prior to milling operations. Transportation professionals can collect hundreds of miles of pavement layer thickness data in a single day.

Ground Penetrating Radar Used In Investigation of Tunnel Deterioration

Just a few years after the opening of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel, a mountain tunnel that links Kentucky and Tennessee along US25E, highway officials noticed moderate to severe settling of the continuously reinforced concrete pavement, with many voids discovered beneath the pavement surface. The Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC) brought in a research team to find the root causes of the settlement issues by using ground penetrating radar (GPR) and hydro-geochemical water testing (HGWT). The use of the GPR equipment, manufactured by Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. (GSSI), provided information that slashed the costs for the tunnel repair project by showing more precisely where repairs were necessary. The equipment is now an integral part of the long-term inspection process that will assist in finding other distressed areas within the tunnel if they arise in the future.


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CUES Releases New MPlus+ XL w/ P&T

On the heels of the successful launch of the MPlus+ Lateral and Mini-Mainline Push System, CUES has released the new MPlus+ XL with P&T capabilities which offers the most flexible and feature packed mini-mainline push systems on the market. The modular design of the MPlus+ XL will now accommodate the most demanding users with P&T capabilities on the new XL Coiler configuration designed for larger pipeline applications up to 500ft.

MC Series Push Camera

The latest push system to the Rausch MC Series push camera line is the MC80 push system. The system is designed for manhole-to-manhole inspection of mainline pipes from 4 inches (10 cm) to 16 inches (41 cm) in diameter and is outfitted with two wheels for easy handling.

ROVs eliminate need for pipe swabbing

Robotics has become so advanced, that no longer are robots confined to the terrestrial realm. Robotics engineers have designed prototypes for “swimming” robots that mimic the graceful movements of fish, sting rays, sea snakes, turtles, and even the human breaststroke.

Lake Huron acoustic fibre-optic monitoring project the largest of its kind in Canada

When watermains in distribution systems spring a leak, the result is usually a relatively minor inconvenience to businesses and residents who might see some excess water on roads and lawns and in the worst situations, a bit of basement flooding. When a major transmission line fails, the amount of water released can be catastrophic, due to the larger-diameter pipes used and the high water pressures involved, which can sometimes be triple the pressure found in a typical watermain and up to 100 times the volume of water.

CUES Releases SPR II

CUES has developed a new versatile robotic camera transporter designed to traverse silt, mud and debris commonly found in storm and sanitary sewers. The SPR II is designed with single-point wheel removal to facilitate speedy configuration changes for various pipe diameters and conditions. Optional high traction tires are available for extreme, slippery conditions.


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