New Mobile Non-destructive Pipeline Testing Laboratory Brought into Operation at Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz

Monday, October 5th, 2015

A new non-destructive pipeline testing laboratory has been introduced and brought into operation at Gazpromneft-Noyabrsknedtegaz. It makes use of cutting-edge equipment like X-ray, ultrasonic flaw detection appliances, and thickness-testing apparatus which allows the remote monitoring of the operational status of major trunk pipelines. It’s also built around an all-terrain KAMAZ vehicle to ensure a comfortable working environment under the Russian Far North and is manned and serviced by four employees. By operating its own unit to monitor pipeline status, the company optimizes outgoings and significantly increases the reliability of information received and the flaw-detection system further enhances their program. This new equipment has been introduced following independent assessment and certification consistent with the state’s energy, industrial, environmental, and construction safety standards which resulted in the implementation of a range of initiatives directed at improving pipeline reliability. It successfully applies intra-tubal robot-assisted defect-detectors in proving the effectiveness of non-detachable pipe-coupling technology. They also monitor territory throughout its own license block through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, which allows the earlier detection of possible defects within intra-field pipeline system. Follow this link for the full article…

Echologics Continues to Advance Acoustics- Based Condition Assessment, Leak Detection

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The reality is that there is an infrastructure deficit. Proactive sewer and water system owners are always looking for ways to get the most out of every dollar when making the decision to repair or replace pipe sections and hope to cut critical problems off at the pass. But as asset owners make the shift from having a reactive mentality into a proactive one, one of the most important tools of the trade is the use of leak detection and condition assessment technologies in order to narrow down the areas that are in need of immediate attention. The Toronto-based Echologics, a division of Mueller Co., saw the need for a high-level, non-invasive kind of method that allowed utilities to know what condition their infrastructures were in. Marc Bracken, the company’s founder/vice president/general manager, helped commercialize an acoustic leak detection system for PVC pipes as a joint venture together with the National research Council of Canada. Echologics provides economic value through completing an initial assessment and then continually monitoring the condition of the pipe, reducing water loss and finding leaks before a critical incident. Click here to read more about it…

Pipeline dog can detect mercapten

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Bill Allen, a dog trainer in Saskatchewan, offers pipeline sniffing services among the abilities that his dogs can perform. He paid a visit to the Weyburn Rotary Club recently with his pup Ruff, who’s almost two years of age, and explained how he got into the specialized business and what things are involved in offering the said service. Allen was once a part of a search and rescue group back in Alberta and was shown how dog training can become very beneficial. He also explained how his dog sniffs for pipeline leaks. They don’t look for gas (which is toxic but odourless) but for the tracer element mercaptan instead because it is harmless but has a particular stench. Manufacturers purposely mix mercaptan into natural gas and propane so it can be detected and is designed to go out to the point of leak and go straight up. This meant that Allen and his dog need to walk the length of the pipeline, and if the dog smells any of the mercaptan smell that’s familiar to him coming up from the ground, he will sit down to let his master know. For the full story, click here

Radiodetection PCM+ Pipeline Current Mapper

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

The Radiodetection PCM+ enables pipeline technicians to carry out preventive maintenance on pipelines giving them longer life and identifying corrosion at an earlier stage. This is just a part of Radiodetection’s commitment to protecting the environment by providing a more efficient locators or detection devices. This PCM+ System consists of a portable transmitter and a handheld locator. It uses a powerful feature set including Automatic Signal Attenuation (ASA), it accurately and easily locates and maps the pipeline even in areas in touch with other metal structures, electrical interference, or congestion, providing simultaneous measurement of PCM current (ACCA) and Voltage Gradient (ACVG). That means it eliminates the need for the operator to manually calculate and perform ‘current spans’ to determine CP currents along a pipeline. The PCM+ provide technicians with the latest in accurate, fast, and reliable pipeline current mapping tools.

Click here for more info on the PCM+…

Pipeline Current Mapper, Models PCM Plus or PCM+ by Radiodetection

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Radiodetection’s PCM+ Pipeline Current Mapper System is made up of a hand-held receiver and a portable transmitter that is connected at the CPS station and applies a special signal to the pipeline. The signal can be detected by the receiver at distances up to 30 km (19 miles) to identify the position and depth of the pipe. Once it has been located, the technician can quickly identify coating defects and map the leakage currents both in magnitude and direction along the pipeline. Its feature set consists of a powerful combination of Automatic Signal Attenuation (ASA), Advanced Current Direction (ACD) and Adaptive Ground Compensation (AGC), increasing accuracy and the ability to easily map the pipeline even in areas where there is contact with other electrical interference, metallic structures, or congestion. data gathered by the PCM+ can be sent via Bluetooth® to either a PC or an optional PDA accessory equipment (with GPS), and then be displayed in a number of graphical formats for fast analysis.

Read more about it here…


Friday, September 18th, 2015

The Radiodetection RD7100 is a geophysical surveying instrument that’s powered by their most advanced locating technologies. It’s used in locating, tracing, identifying and fault-finding in relation to underground cables, pipes and drains. Each model is optimized for a specific industry (telecoms, water, gas, power, petrochem, etc.), so users benefit from the simplicity of having menu options and capabilities matched to their specific requirements. Some of these industry-specific customer requirements may include detecting and pinpointing underground utilities, scanning for buried utilities before excavation, tracing and differentiating specific target utilities, or improving work practices (e.g. providing proof of work, identifying training needs, ensuring high quality of work). Some of the RD7100’s main features are the Guidance mode (which enables the path of a single utility to be found and traced quickly and the display of directional information alongside proportional distance to help locate the utility and keep the user on its path) and Peak+ mode (which allows users to add either Guidance or Null arrows to the accuracy of Peak mode and results in speed combined with accuracy). They’ve also kept their user interface simple and consistent with their previous precision locators to reduce retraining costs. Being able to accurately mark buried assets ensures minimum downtime during repair or maintenance activities and prevents damage which can be costly to the company as well as its clients.

Click here to learn more about the Radiodetection RD7100

Radiodetection RD500 Plastic Water Pipe Locator

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

The RD500 is a low cost, effective yet easy to use instrument for locating and tracing buried plastic and/or concrete water pipes over distances of up to 150m/yds from the point of application. The locator works in two parts: the TransOnde Transmitter (which is fitted to a fire hydrant, meter base or tap and applies a distinctive wave signal along the pipe) and the hand-held Receiver (which traces buried pipe away from the TransOnde by using the seismic sensor in the receiver to detect the amplified signal). It gives its best performance locating a single pipe running under grass, soil or pavement with water pressure between 30 psi/2 bar and 75 psi/5 bar and adequate flow. Locating may be reduced when the pipe runs under pavement or concrete, goes into a tee or joins a larger pipe since the the TransOnde pressure wave signal gets dissipated, split or spread over a wider area. Read more about the RD500 here…


Friday, September 4th, 2015

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) was first used to survey the depth of a glacier in Austria in 1929 and since that time was put in the back burner. After about 20 years or so, when the U.S. Air Force set up bases in Greenland, they found out through an unfortunate series of plane crashes that the radar actually penetrates ice sheets and caused radar operators to misread the actual distance of the plane from the ground. During those times, GPR were mostly build your own instruments; and it wasn’t until the early 70’s that they became commercially available. The invention of digital signal processing at the start of the millennium initiated changes to its appearance to make it look closer to the way it does today.

GPR is used in a variety of applications and industries including concrete imaging, utility locating, road inspection, military and security, environmental, and archaeology since it is considered to be an effective geophysical method for non-destructively detecting and investigating the presence and continuity of subsurface objects.

Read more about GPR here…

Utility Locating (Underground)

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Utility locating is another location and detection method used to identify utility services underground. There are many kinds of utilities buried underground such as telephone lines, cable and TV lines, gas lines, electric lines and more. Using the right detection and location tools and method will not just save you some time but also minimize the danger involved in the underground business. For metals and other conductive materials buried beneath the ground, an electromagnetic equipment is often used. For non-conductive types such as PVC and fiberglass pipes types, Line Finders suggests the Vacuum Excavation Service as a method of choice in finding these utilities. The use of these modern technologies is recommended for underground works because maps are not 100% reliable. These machines can safely and accurately pinpoint the location of the utilities to minimize disruption. With state of the art technologies and unparalleled experience, Line Finders offers services in Utility Locating with a faster, better and safer method of excavation.

For more details about utility locating, click here…

Ground Penetrating Radar Debuts in Hawaii…

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Radiodetection recently debuted their ground-penetrating radar system (the RD1000+) that has high-performance subsurface imaging for buried utilities. It is rugged, competitively priced and features ultra wide-band sensors capable of detecting a wide range of buried utilities without the expense and complexity associated with multiple frequency GPR. It can even detect non-conductive ceramic and plastic pipes and ducts (which would otherwise require tracer wire or sondes to detect using an electromagnetic locator) at depths of up to 8m / 27’ deep. Advanced DynaQ signal processing optimizes signal quality, providing image updates in real-time and superior levels of detail. Using a compactflash card together with the dedicated RD1000+ ImageView software helps document and analyze surveys easily. The modular design is made from durable weatherproof (IP66 rated) materials, and its 48 lbs weight is well-supported by a range of wheel types and accessories including hard or soft travel cases (or an optional flight case to protect the entire system during transportation). Click here, to find out more about the features of the RD1000+…

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