NEWS & ARTICLES


INNOVATIVE RENEWAL STRATEGIES FOR OPTIMIZED PIPELINE MANAGEMENT

March 28, 2017

Using risk-based data analysis and innovative renewal strategies, two US water systems show how utilities can avoid full pipeline replacement, reduce service interruptions, and save money.

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PIPELINE MANAGEMENT LESSONS: OLD ISN’T ALWAYS BAD

March 24, 2017

Despite their critical importance, for decades many municipal utilities have operated under a “bury and forget” mentality – with little emphasis on long-term management of their aging pipelines – at least until something goes wrong. Then they must fix the problem under emergency conditions, often considering only immediate needs and not the future operation of the pipeline in question.

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CITY OF NORTH BAY USES CONDITION ASSESSMENT ON CRITICAL FORCE MAIN TO IMPLEMENT ASSET MANAGEMENT PLAN

March 21, 2017

On one hand, it may seem like a waste of capital dollars if you perform a pipeline condition assessment and the final analysis turns up no leaks. Alternatively, you can also look at the no-leak report as a good news validation story, especially when using the information to help establish an asset management plan.

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WITH ITS HIGH PRESSURE PIPELINE ENVIRONMENT, RAND WATER PROVIDED A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO TEST NEW SMARTBALL INSERTION AND EXTRACTION EQUIPMENT

March 17, 2017

In 2015 Rand Water embarked on the largest proactive bulk water pipeline condition assessment investigation ever in South Africa. An important part of the assessment includes inline non-disruptive leak detection inspections covering just over 2,200 kilometers of Rand Water’s bulk pipeline network.

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A MONSTER PIPE DEMANDS MONSTER-SIZE INSPECTION APPROACH

March 17, 2017

Last May, when the Kutz Siphon was unexpectedly breached by a blowout, its operator, Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI), engaged Pure Technologies (Pure) to perform an emergency electromagnetic (EM) inspection.

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WHAT MAKES HIGH-RISK PIPELINES DETERIORATE TO A STATE OF FAILURE?

March 17, 2017

According to AWWA's 2016 Benchmarking Survey, the average water and wastewater utility has seven breaks per 100 miles of piping every year. Tip-top systems experience just four breaks in that distance, while those at the bottom have 18. While it’s interesting to note the difference in break rates, it’s unfair to compare one utility to another, as a multitude of factors come into play as to why pipelines can deteriorate to state of failure.

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CONDITION ASSESSMENT PROGRAM CONTINUES IN NORTH QUEENSLAND

January 24, 2017

Justification of an ongoing condition assessment program can, at times, be difficult for water utilities. However, successful inspections that deliver actionable outcomes on how to manage aging assets make this justification much easier, as Mackay Regional Council found out.

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PIPELINE ASSESSMENT SURVEYS ARE NOT WITHOUT PERIL, AS DAPHNE UTILITIES RECENTLY FOUND OUT

January 24, 2017

To map and assess the condition of a treated wastewater pipeline, Daphne Utilities had to contend with challenges that included an alligator-infested swamp.

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CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION: WATER AUTHORITY COMMISSIONS THE LONGEST STRETCH OF ACOUSTIC FIBER OPTIC CABLE IN CANADA

January 24, 2017

Commissioning the longest stretch of acoustic fiber optic cable in Canada helps London Region manage its fresh water pipeline.

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DATA-BASED DECISIONS: USING THE RIGHT DATA TO IMPROVE PIPELINE MANAGEMENT

January 24, 2017

Lack of accurate and precise data can lead to an expensive guessing game when trying to identify high risk assets for renewal.

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