Pipeline Inspection, Surveying and Mapping

Pipeline Inspection, Surveying and Mapping
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Compact package

The Cobra portable inspection system from Cobra Technologies has all the functionality of a truck-mounted system in a compact, go-anywhere package. The unit has full data collection capabilities, operates with any of the company’s crawler and camera combinations and is easy to maneuver with a collapsible heavy-duty handle. A portable platform allows access to locations normally inaccessible to conventional equipment or the system can be mounted on a range of vehicles, ATVs or trailers. The system weighs 130 pounds and features a sunlight readable monitor. With a lightweight cable, the unit can provide 600 to 1,000 feet of cable. 800/443-3761; www.cobratec.com.

 

High-resolution inspection

The Digital Universal Camera (DUC) from CUES is a semi-autonomous, high-resolution, digital CCTV, side-scanning camera designed for rapid and detailed condition assessment of wastewater systems. When used in conjunction with asset-based Granite XP decision support software, users can inspect and assess 5,000 feet or more per day. The system can be retrofit to any industry standard multi-conductor truck or trailer-mounted system.

The system produces a continuous hemispherical scan of the internal conditions in 6- to 60-inch pipe. It operates at a constant speed without the need to stop or pan and tilt. Users drive the unit on cruise control to the remote manhole or through multiple manholes for maximum efficiency. Rapid condition assessment is achieved via flat representation of the pipe. Users move the mouse to the area of interest, click, and the corresponding video appears. 800/327-7791; www.cuesinc.com.

 

Pipe transporter

The Pipe Cruiser transporter from ECA-SSI Simulator Systems International offers digital technology, vision and measurement for ovality, inclination and laser scanning. It is integrated with a rear-view camera, 4-wheel drive, a bronze base housing, speed from 0 to 100 feet per hour, and a depth rating in water up to 15 feet. The versatile, user-friendly transporter is made for pipes from 6 to 48 inches in diameter. The unit can be customized with a broad range of accessories, cameras and an easy-to-use wireless control panel as standard equipment on the PCU configuration. 800/843-4764; www.simulatorsystems.com/pipeinspection.

 

Rugged camera

The Electric Eel eCAM PRO pipeline inspection camera system includes a rugged stainless steel-housed, 1.68-inch-diameter, self-leveling color camera with sapphire lens, 20 LED light ring and high-resolution CCD element. A flexible camera spring navigates 3-inch P-traps. The auto iris automatically adjusts lighting and the system features one-touch recording to a built-in 320 GB hard drive or USB flash drive, and 8X zoom record for detailed close-ups.

An impact-resistant polycarbonate light ring cover adds protection. The system provides 512 Hz sonde and features a detachable 8.4-inch LCD monitor with AR film for optimal viewing in sunlight, all housed in a weatherproof hard case with a protective acrylic, anti-glare monitor shield. An easy navigation menu allows transfer of MPEG recording files to a personal computer or laptop with USB ports. A two-hour NiMH battery with built-in charger and power display is included, along with an on-screen footage counter. The system comes standard with 200 feet of Kevlar braided 1/2-inch-diameter pushrod. It includes powder-coated steel tube-and-bar construction with a secure-locking reel brake. The camera rolls on 8-inch wheels. 800/833-1212; www.electriceel.com.

 

Camera carriage

The bolt-on carriage for Envirosight’s ROVVER X raises the crawler, expands its wheelbase and gives it ground clearance. The carriage attaches in seconds and accepts all ROVVER wheels, as well as two pneumatic wheel options. When used in tandem with the system’s remote camera lift accessory, the carriage gives the camera an overall inspection capability of 6 to 72 inches, plus the ability for centered viewing in most common pipe sizes 24 inches and larger.

The carriage elevates the crawler 4.4 inches or more with pneumatic wheels. It lengthens the crawler’s wheelbase 75 percent, widens it 150 percent, and offers 7 3/4 inches of ground clearance. The camera’s ultra-powerful motors and efficient gear train allow it to still pivot in place and easily pull the full length of its 1,000-foot cable. The carriage is available with two large pneumatic wheel sets. One style measures 10.4 inches in diameter by 3.8 inches wide and has knobby tread suited for deep silt and debris. The other style measures 8.4 inches in diameter by 2.2 inches wide and has less aggressive tread. 866/936-8476; www.envirosight.com.

 

Laser module

The WinCan laser module from Pipeline Analytics captures geometric information to verify proper pipe installation, plan relining projects, determine remaining pipe life, monitor erosion/corrosion and analyze partial collapses. It accepts standard and HD video and links collected data to the asset being inspected for easy recall from a section view or GIS entity. The module works with most laser profiling hardware, capturing data in one of three modes.

In parallel laser mode, a properly equipped camera aims its parallel lasers perpendicular to a pipe wall, then rotates 360 degrees. Video is analyzed to determine pipe diameter and deformation at that location. In ring mode, a laser ring pattern is extracted frame by frame from crawler video to trend a pipe’s diameter and deformation over its full length. This data is readily converted to a solid model, ovality graph or color plot. In scanning mode, a ring pattern is interpolated from the laser dots cast by a properly equipped side-scan camera. The readings are trended frame to frame, yielding diameter and deformation data that can be converted to a solid model, ovality graph or color plot. 877/626-8386; www.pipelineanalytics.com.

 

GIS mapping

The GIS module from PipeLogix allows users to create a map of assets from existing survey work. Once the GPS coordinates are added to the survey data with the “Get GPS” tool, users can export new or existing pipes to update or create a map. The tool can be used to import the coordinates from a GPS unit that is connected to a computer, or information can be manually entered by copying and pasting from other forms.

The system makes exporting pipeline inspection survey conditions and displaying them on maps with correlated exact footage easy. Users choose the condition export needed (shape file, personal geodatabase, enterprise geodatabase, and file geodatabase are all supported), map the fields and export. Once added to the ArcMap and using the toolbar, users can select the condition and open the video file to view it. 866/299-3150; www.pipelogix.com.

 

GIS software

Cityworks is a suite of GIS-centric enterprise software solutions designed for public and private agencies that manage capital assets, permits, licensing and land-related activities. Built on Esri’s ArcGIS technology, the software uses the geodatabase as the authoritative land and asset data repository. It is certified by the National Association of GIS-Centric Software.

With an easy-to-use and customizable user interface, agencies can respond to customer needs, schedule and track maintenance operations, issue permits and business licenses, and manage property issues. In the field, office or warehouse, the software streamlines operations throughout the enterprise. Based on open standards, intuitive reporting tools provide easy access to the data. 801/523-2751; www.cityworks.com.

 

Laser push camera

The MiniLite pan-and-tilt push camera with laser measurement from RapidView IBAK North America is a pipe inspection system that allows users to inspect, record and measure the internal dimensions of small pipelines. Users can accurately capture diameter measurements with one touch using the ORION zoom camera during normal inspection operations. The system consists of a replaceable coiler cartridge, portable command console and one of several choices of cameras. The unit includes a high-visibility 10.4-inch monitor and a full QWERTY keyboard. Inspections can be recorded on a built-in MPEG digital video recorder on SD and SDHC memory cards. The system is available in 100- and 130-foot lengths. 800/656-4225; www.rapidview.com.

 

Versatile camera system

The SeeSnake Max rM200 camera system from RIDGID is an inspection system for lines up to 200 feet in length and 1.5 to 6 inches in diameter. The unit combines portability and versatility. Features include improved reel mechanics for easy passage through tight turns, an ultra-compact camera capable of providing optimal lighting, and an upgraded 200-foot cable, which provides high-quality abrasion resistance and allows users to push further with less effort.

The inspection system is compatible with the company’s full line of SeeSnake monitors, including the CS10 and CS1000 digital recording monitors. The unit comes with an integrated transport system to make it easily portable. Users can carry the reel with the included shoulder strap or use the integrated wheel system. 800/769-7743; www.ridgid.com.

 

Compact inspection

The CUBE from RS Technical Services is a compact, all-inclusive mainline system that offers all the inspection capabilities found in vehicle-mounted systems. It provides portability and transport flexibility and is well suited for easement work or for users needing a full mainline system in a free-standing, highly mobile format.

Housed in quarter-inch, powder-coated, glare-resistant aluminum, the system has forklift access in the front and rear along with stainless steel lift and tie-down hooks for easy handling and storage. The system is designed to fit on an ATV or in the bed of a pickup truck. It can be configured to operate any of the company’s mainline cameras and transporters with up to 1,500 feet of cable for inspections in lines 6 inches and larger in diameter. Everything is self-contained, including an onboard generator, two 500-pound capacity storage drawers and a front-access 9-gallon pressurized washdown system. An optional rack mount or laptop computer with a choice of data collection software is available. 800/767-1974; www.rstechserv.com.

 

Versatile camera

The Wohler VIS 340 is a versatile inspection camera set that comes in a self-contained carrying case. Users can analyze defects in water pipes and inspect flue-gas lines, chimneys, air-conditioning lines, heating lines, ducts, welding seams, gaskets and manholes. The miniature, waterproof camera head is equipped with 360-degree pan and 180-degree tilt technology and a bright LED light, providing an all-encompassing view of dark spaces. The system includes a TFT color monitor and can negotiate 90-degree bends. The digital distance measurement feature pinpoints the exact location of trouble spots. Users can record, save and replay inspections for customers. 978/750-9876; www.wohlerusa.com.

 

Mapping module

Lucity Sewer is a solution for maintaining and improving wastewater collection systems. It offers the data needed to prioritize system rehabilitation and analyze inflow/infiltration removal. The program tracks regulatory information, including sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). The module tracks data, including location, date discovered, estimated volume of release, emergency response and notification, and generates the appropriate documentation for reporting. The FOG module addresses specific sewer environmental compliance needs, helping users track and analyze inspection and pump schedules, traps, storage and disposal, and industrial pretreatment.

The program provides several inspection modules to house various inspection results, while also supporting NASSCO standards. Users can track PACP/LACP/MACP data and condition ratings, record rehab recommendations, and identify any other necessary work. The modules interface with industry-standard CCTV inspection data collection systems for importing pipeline inspection information for inventory updates and condition assessment. The system also interfaces with SCADA systems for monitoring pumping readings to trigger appropriate preventive maintenance activities. All tools integrate with Esri ArcGIS. 800/492-2468; www.lucity.com.

 

Steerable tractor

The Pathfinder XL tractor from Aries Industries has a 6-wheel steerable drive system that allows it to drive over obstructions and offset joints. Tires range from the standard 3 3/8-inch for lined 8-inch pipe to 10-inch tires with bolt-on gear-reduction side plates for 36-inch and larger pipes. The tractor can be converted to tread-track drive.

With remote operated camera lift in the down position, the unit can navigate 8-inch lined pipe. With 9 inches of lift, the operator can center the camera in the pipe or raise the camera above the waterline. Additional features include a tip-up connector with integral rear-viewing camera and LED lights, sealed and pressurized electronics cavities, on-screen diagnostics, brushless DC drive motors with temperature sensors, and permanently lubricated drive gears. The tractor has a built-in 512 Hz sonde beacon, and optional auxiliary lights can illuminate large-diameter pipes. 800/234-7205; www.ariesindustries.com.

 

Portable inspection

The Pan n’ Tilt push camera from Ratech Electronics is a portable inspection system for pipes and drains as small as 3 inches in diameter. Users can choose the type of camera to use with the push system: black and white, color, self-leveling, micro, or pan n’ tilt. The camera can be retrofitted to the company’s existing systems or as a stand-alone unit. It rotates 330 degrees vertically and 220 degrees horizontally. The cost-efficient unit is adaptable to the company’s Jet Cam.

Combining the camera with the company’s control unit, such as the Elite SD, gives recording capability using SD/USB drive and allows MPEG video capture and JPEG image capture. Also included is an on-screen display overlay system providing electronic distance counter, time, date and eight pages of memory for listing problems and displaying of company information. Standard 200-foot gel-rod cable is included. 800/461-9200; www.ratech-electronics.com.

 

Steerable crawler

The Model 636S 6-inch steerable crawler from TV Ferret is based on a one-piece monotube stainless steel o-ring sealed structure for a streamlined, submersible design to inspect pipes up to 36 inches. The crawler has full differential steering, allowing it to rotate about its own axis. It has a stainless steel articulating cable receptor to alleviate stress on the main cable and is designed for quick, easy connection without tools.

Reinforced urethane tracks are a one-piece continuous loop. The solid paddle tracks obtain maximum traction in difficult conditions and do not bind in loose grit. A modular lift wheel system attaches to the outside of the crawler without removal of the tracks. The pan-and-tilt camera head contains a high-resolution camera. The ultrabright LEDs can fully illuminate a 12-foot pipe. Options include a 512 Hz locating sonde, rear-viewing backup camera, internal pressure monitor, pan/tilt/zoom camera, and abrasive high-traction lift wheels. 518/399-2211; www.tvferret.com.

 

Modular inspection camera

The vCam inspection system from Vivax-Metrotech includes a control module with an 8-inch color LCD, dual-frequency transmitting sonde, digital recording to an internal hard drive or SD card, full function keyboard, internal microphone, AC/DC power, rechargeable batteries, USB interface, RCA jacks for video and audio, distance counter, and camera LED brightness control. The modular design makes it field-serviceable. A range of reels allows for inspection of diameters from 3 to 12 inches and distances from 60 to 400 feet. The reels are fitted with field-serviceable camera terminations as standard equipment. 800/446-3392; www.vxmt.com.



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