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Meet the PICA Team

Dave RussellDave Russell

President and founder of the PICA Group of Companies


Dave Russell is President, CEO and Founder of the PICA Group of companies. Dave is also a Fellow of the Canadian Society of NDT and has spent the past 46 years of his career in the NDT business. He holds several patents on the PICA Tools and has developed a new "TT" technique (a corrosion detection device that works from outside the pipe). Dave is also President of Russell NDE Systems Inc., the developer of the technology and builder of the PICA Tools. Contact through or call +1 (800) 661-0127


Edward BrainEdward Brain

For service in the eastern seaboard of Canada, U.S.A, and France


Ed has spent a long and distinguished career in NDT instrumentation design, manufacturing and sales. He is based in Montreal and manages the eastern seaboard of Canada and the U.S.A.. Ed is fluent in both French and English. To reach Ed, please call him at 514-703-9009 or email


Vincent ShenVincent Shen

For service in Asia and North America


As an NDT professional, Vincent takes care of sales and technical support in western Canada and Asia. Vincent is fluent in both Mandarin and English. He is based in the Vancouver, BC Canada office and can be reached at 1-778-987-7841 or email


Ankit VajpayeeAnkit Vajpayee

For service in India, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North America


Ankit holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a professional engineer He provides advanced NDE solutions to Oil & Gas, Electricity & Power, Pulp & Paper and Water & Sewer Industries around the world. Ankit is fluent in four languages: English, Hindi, Russian and Ukrainian. Ankit is reachable at +1-780-668-2741 or email

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Kris Embry

For service in the USA- East and West Coast

Kris has over 12 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry.  He specializes in facilitating solutions for condition assessment of pipelines.  He is involved from the front end of a project through the execution of condition assessment projects from budgeting and scope planning, to the final report.  Kris is a member and active participant of the Norcal Pipe User Group, AWWA Water Main Condition Assessment Committee as well as the NASSCO Pressure Pipe Committee. 

Past experience includes infrastructure inspection, construction and consulting including high resolution electromagnetic scanning, HD video, laser and sonar dimensioning, 3D mapping, photogrammetry, pipe and tunnel dredging/debris removal, leak detection and remote repair.   Kris has successfully estimated and contracted projects with values between $10,000 and $5,000,000 for customers such as the U.S. Air Force, Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

To contact Kris, please email him at or call 1-800-661-0127


Joe Wells

For service in the mid-continent of the USA

Joe Wells is a proven leader in business development of "cradle to grave project" where collaboration and relationship building is essential among varied parties. He is known as a good listener/communicator, accountable to the satisfaction of the customer which stands paramount.  He is a strong and dependable representation of his company. He has played key roles in the scope of numerous pipeline and processing plant projects with EPC costs in the billions of $$, without fail bringing the right personnel and resources all the way to completion of client goals.  With 30+ years in the oil and gas business, Mr. Wells has built a new business arm of construction inspection services for the 3rd largest staffing firm for engineers in the US.  From 1999-2009 he was one of 3 principal partners in Lexus Energy Group and EPMC (Energy Partnership Management Corp) where he successfully executed the drilling and operations of 19 wells in the Barnett Shale of NTX, 7 offshore wells and a production platform in Louisiana waters (GOM), and 140 conventional wells in ETX, WTX, and NM amassing a $120,000,000 portfolio.  Mr. Wells attended Midwestern State University where he studied Business Management, Accounting, and Finance.  He has successfully completed Gas processing school for CDM Resource Management, Certified Gas engine Technology School for Dresser Waukesha, and Well Head Production and Gas processing Schools under John Campbell and Petro skills.  Most recently he has completed environmental training in LDAR (leak detection), SPCC (Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures), Protecting the Navigable Waters of the US, Vapor Control and Recovery, Burner Management and Controls, Air Quality and Permitting under OOOOa of the NSPS (New Source Performance Standards), and NSPS for Oil and Gas Storage Vessels. At this point in his career, it seems only natural that Mr. Wells would gravitate and apply his skills to a company that not only has the capabilities and the know how to save our most precious resources, but protect the infrastructure that makes storage and delivery safe and dependable.

To contact Joe, please email him at or call 1-800-661-0127

      Andi Corrao, V.P. of Client Solutions.

For inspection and condition assessment solutions focused on your utility’s specific needs and the goals of your overall asset management program

Andi is a water industry leader with more than 35 years of experience in water and wastewater engineering – planning, design, asset management, and condition assessment.  Having served as a consultant for the majority of her career, she brings a consultant’s view to each pipeline inspection project and strives to help PICA’s clients select and deploy the most appropriate inspection method(s) for their particular pipelines, which at times may be provided by PICA’s industry partners.  She strives to educate the water industry on best practices for conducting all steps of a pipeline condition assessment project or program and routinely gives educational workshops on this topic to utilities across the country.  Ms. Corrao is an active member and immediate Past Chair of the AWWA Water Main Condition Assessment Committee and is a contributing author to the M77 Manual of Practice – Condition Assessment of Water Mains, which is prepared and authored by this Committee. To contact Andi, please write or call 1-800-661-0127

PICA Canada
(Head Office)

4909-75 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada, T6B-2S3
tel: +1 780-469-4463

Montreal Quebec, Canada

PO Box 46052,
Point Claire, H9R-5R4
tel: +1 514-703-9009

PICA USA (U.S. Head Office)

2801, Youngfield Street,
Suite 370, Golden, CO, 80401
tel: 1-800-661-0127

Russell Technologies India Pvt. Ltd

(Serving India and Middle East)
C-2/290, Sector "F", Jankipuram,
Lucknow 226021, India