First PipeScanner used by Dutch water supplier
Acquaint and Brabant Water signed a letter of intent for the application and further development of the PipeScanner, a sensor to assess the condition of drinking water pipes from the outside.
Assessment of pipe condition
Water supply company Brabant Water will be able to use a ‘do-it-your-self’ version of the PipeScanner when the pipes are exposed in the underground during maintenance or repairs.
The cooperation follows a long period of testing and independent validation by Acquaint. Initially Acquaint developed an inline inspection sensor for non-piggable pipelines. This internal version collects data on several parameters, such as corrosion, thickness and ovality of the pipeline. The collected data allows the water supply company to get a better prediction of which pipes need replacement immediately or in a later stage.
For the assessment of a specific section of a pipe line, Acquaint decided to develop the PipeScanner for external inspection on location and with a usability for customer’s own employees.
Brabant Water is the first customer to use this external PipeScanner version and, together with Acquaint, it will work on the further integration of the inspection data in a corresponding cloud platform. With the PipeScanner, field workers and asset managers can measure the actual condition of pipelines quickly, at any time, any place.
With the innovative cloud platform, asset managers are real-time up-to-date, which enables them to respond adequately on decisions to be made.
‘Condition assessments complement and sharpen the image of our distribution network, which in turn feeds us to make well-informed decisions,” says Roel Diemel, Senior Asset Management Consultant at Brabant Water.
’The Do It Yourself PipeScanner ensures that Brabant Water has the opportunity to immediately carry out a condition assessment when a pipeline is excavated.’