Inspection

Hoffman Southwest Expands Nationally Via Tri-State Acquisition

Hoffman Southwest acquired Chesapeake, Virginia-based Tri-State Utilities in a transaction that creates a national presence through the combination of two major underground infrastructure firms on the East and West coasts.

First Look: Utilizing Inertial Navigation Technology for 3D Mapping, Locating, Management

Over the last two decades, significant advances have been made in the quality and application of inertial navigation technology targeted at mapping underground pipe and duct assets. This article provides information on pipeline technologies that are available to map a minimum internal diameter (ID) of 1.6-inch to larger sizes. The pipeline mapping system offers a range of solutions that can map any pipe, regardless of its material, depth or type of utility.

North Texs UCTA, BAMI-I Team Up on Asset Management Conference

The Buried Asset Management Institute-International (BAMI-I) and Underground Construction Technology Association North Texas Chapter (UCTA-NT) have teamed up to present Certificate of Training in Asset Management (CTAM), Nov. 5-8, at the Upper Trinity Regional Water District Administration Building ..

SPX to Acquire CUES

SPX Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase CUES, Inc., a leading manufacturer of pipeline inspection and rehabilitation equipment headquartered in Orlando, Fla. Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of SPX will be merged with CUES’ parent company, ELXSI Corporation..

Red Hen Systems Creates Pipeline Leak Detection System

Red Hen Systems, a Colorado geospatial company with 21 years of experience locating infrastructure using video mapping technology, today announced it has developed Pipeline Leak Detection Services (PLDS). PLDS utilizes a multi-sensor detection system to locate, and quantify in real-time fugitive met..

Even Pipelines Are Happy When PICA Is On The Job

Pipeline Inspection and Condition Analysis (PICA) Corporation is currently performing an inspection of 4 miles of 66-inch cement and steel cylinder lined PCCP pipe in southern California. To test the resolution of PICA’s brand new In-Line Inspection Tool, the customer embedded some small button magn..

CUES Releases PICS Cross Bore Inspection Camera

The new CUES Pullback Inspection Camera System (PICS) 2-inch to 4-inch bore hole inspection camera helps eliminate cross bores in directional drilling operations. Its robust inspection capabilities provide a powerful way to inspect, assess, mitigate, record and manage HDD operations. PICS is compat..

Pure Technologies Receives Pipeline Condition Assessment Contract

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) has awarded Pure Technologies’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Pure Technologies U.S. Inc., a contract worth up to US$4.2 million over five years for the inspection of their Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipelines (PCCP). Work under the contract ..

Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs Launch End-To-End Aerial Pipeline Inspection Solution for Utilities

Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs have launched an end-to-end asset management inspection solution leveraging drone technology for global energy clients. Aeryon’s commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) hardware, software and services enable the capture of critical infrastructure condition data that is..

Consumers Energy to Take Closer Look at Copper Gas Lines

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy has agreed to inspect certain natural gas lines every three years instead of five. The utility is responding to a request from state regulators. The state says leak rates in copper gas lines have climbed in comparison to steel lines that are coated and wrapped..

Colorado Regulators: 430 Pipelines Failed Leak Test

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators say about 430 oil or gas pipelines near occupied buildings failed a leak-detection test that the state ordered after a fatal explosion blamed on a gas line. The results were posted on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission website Wednesday. It wasn’t im..

Tiny Holes, Faulty Parts to Blame for Failed Pipeline Inspections

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators say tiny holes or faulty parts could be the reason that about 430 oil or gas pipelines failed a leak-detection test after a fatal explosion blamed on gas seeping from a severed line. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said Thursday the number of pipel..

Enbridge Fails Pipeline Inspection in Canada

Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) has issued three Inspection Officer Orders to Enbridge for failure to adhere to worker safety, pipe handling and environmental protection requirements during construction activity on the High Pine Expansion Project near Chetwynd, British Columbia. The NEB orders ..

REMOTE INSPECTION EQUIPMENT

Aires The new Mobile Pathfinder is an integrated inspection system with components operated by a controller that can be hand-held or desktop-mounted. The compact system combines a lightweight reel, with 1,000 feet of cable, and the Aries Pathfinder Series transporter. The Pan & Tilt camera, with a ..

Utility Achieves Methane Capture Milestone

SmSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the company has passed the one million cubic foot mark in its ongoing methane capture initiative. This innovative process allows for gas that would otherwise be vented to the atmosphere during pipeline replacement work to be saved and reinject..

Pipeline Board: Let Campus Experts Analyze Enbridge Line 5

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An advisory group is recommending that Michigan universities analyze the worst-case scenario of an oil pipeline failure in the Straits of Mackinac. The effort would be led by Michigan Tech University, which would collaborate with experts at other universities. The recommendati..

Water Utility Asks Ratepayers to Refrain from Water Usage

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A water utility in Vermont’s Chittenden County says it is asking customers to refrain from using water for most of the day this Wednesday. The conservation notice is from Champlain Water District, and lasts from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Burlington Free Press repo..

Pennsylvania DEP Implements Plan to Improve Drinking Water Quality Inspections

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced plans to expedite the filling of vacancies and the training of new staff to bolster program resources for the Safe Drinking Water (SDW) program. “Ensuring that Pennsylvania’s drinking water is clean and safe to drink is one..

Drones to Detect Power Outages in Illinois

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An electrical and natural-gas service company in central Illinois is using a fleet of drones to detect power outages, inspect power lines and poles and plan for construction projects. The News-Gazette reports that Ameren Illinois officials demonstrated the drones Tuesday in Urba..

Pure Technologies Awarded Sewer, Water Inspection Contract in D.C.

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority  (DC Water) has awarded Pure Technologies’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Pure Technologies U.S. Inc., a contract worth up to $10 million over 5 years for condition assessment of their major water and sewer pipelines. Using its proprietary technologies a..

Durham Advises Residents to Close Toilet Lids Due to Sewer Cleaning

DURHAM (AP) — People living downtown in the American Tobacco district should close their toilet lids for the next two months to avoid “blowback” from sewer cleaning work. A news release Monday about the routine cleaning and inspections work in the city’s sanitary sewers said the process of “jetting..

Pure Technologies Awarded Sewer Inspection Contract

Pure Technologies Ltd.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Pure Technologies U.S. Inc, has been awarded a five-year contract extension from the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, worth up to $30 million. Work under the new contract is expected to begin in Q3, 2017. Under the terms of the contract, Pure ..

Subsite Adds Camera Inspection Capabilities With RST Acquisition

Subsite Electronics, a Charles Machine Works Company, has acquired the assets of R.S. Technical Services Inc. (RST), an innovator in the design and manufacture of closed-circuit television remote inspection and monitoring cameras. The deal adds proven camera inspection capabilities to Subsite’s robu..

RIDGID’s Enhanced Cameras Offer More Details, Less Downtime

The latest generation of RIDGID hand-held inspection cameras is purpose-built to help inspect, locate and diagnose issues faster than ever. The Micro CA-150 and Micro CA-350 Inspection Cameras are for professionals working in tough environments who require the latest technology for quick job-site fe..

129,000 Oil, Gas Lines Identified Near Buildings in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has nearly 129,000 underground oil and gas pipelines within about 1,000 feet (300 meters) of occupied buildings, according to energy company reports ordered by the state after a fatal house explosion blamed on a severed gas line. Friday was the deadline for companies to test ..

Feds To Give Update On California’s Big Water Tunnels

The federal regulators evaluating Gov. Jerry Brown’s decades-old ambitions to re-engineer the water supplies from California’s largest river are promising a status update Monday, as Brown’s $16 billion proposal to shunt part of the Sacramento through two mammoth tunnels awaits a crucial yes or no fr..

Keeping French Broad Clean Sometimes Takes Dirty Work

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Clad in waders and heavy boots, Hartwell Carson carefully lowered himself into a deep storm drain along Roberts Street in the River Arts District on Thursday, just a few blocks from the French Broad River. As French Broad riverkeeper for the nonprofit environmental group Moun..

Enbridge, NDT Global Advance Next-Generation Pipeline Inspection Tech

Enbridge Inc. and NDT Global are partnering in a multi-year research and development project to advance innovation in pipeline inspection technology and, ultimately, drive pipeline safety and reliability to a new level. “We believe this next-generation project with NDT Global will build on the indu..

Few Pipeline Inspection Results After Fatal Colorado Gas Blast

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators say few energy companies have reported the results of state-ordered inspections of oil and gas pipelines after a natural gas explosion killed two people. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Matt Lepore warned Tuesday the state could order operator..

Fluke Unveils New Gas Leak Detector

Fluke Corp. has released the Ti450 SF6 Gas Leak Detector, which combines a high-quality infrared camera with an SF6 leak detector that visually pinpoints the location of SF6 leaks without shutting equipment down. The Ti450 SF6 allows utility crews to include it as a normal part of their maintena..

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