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In-line Inspection: Detecting Pipelines Problems Before They Happen
Thursday, February 14, 2019

In-line Inspection: Detecting Pipelines Problems Before They Happen

Cracks, graphitic corrosion and H2S damage. What do these three forms of degradation have in common? They are all unseen dangers that can accelerate the normal degradation of your piping. Without regular inspection to assess the condition of your pipes, the risk of catastrophic leaks or failures increases considerably. In-line inspection tools make it possible to evaluate the condition of your plant piping or pipeline with ease, allowing for proactive repairs that save time and money and can extend the life of the pipe indefinitely. Learn more about the importance of in-line inspection, as well as PICA’s industry-leading See Snake Tool solutions.

Prevention Saves Money

Regardless of the size of your pipe, sudden bursts and the resultant flooding can cause massive amounts of damage within a short time period. Repairs and operational downtime can costs thousands, if not millions of dollars, making detection and prevention a great return on investment. Even if your pipeline has yet to display any signs of damage or indication of leaks, etc., routine inspection is your first line of defence against failures, and should be part of your Asset Management Plan (AMP).

The In-line Difference

Conducting a condition assessment of water lines can be a tricky process, but with the right methods, gathering accurate data is relatively simple. Non-destructive technology (NDT) allows for devices to detect flaws without requiring contact with pipe walls while providing highly detailed information. With an increasing demand for improved probability of detection (P.O.D.), NDT tools like the PICA See Snake have become a go-to solution for in-line pipe inspection.

The See Snake Advantage

Flexible, reliable, and capable of handling the demand of extreme environments, the PICA See Snake family of ILI Tools has quickly become an essential element of AMP's across North America. The See Snake uses a non-contact NDT method to conduct condition assessments, and is equally sensitive to internal and external flaws. The device is capable of running long distance if needed, and with inspection speeds averaging one to two km/hr, assessment is highly efficient. The mechanical design of the tool is able to accommodate ID variations, as well as sharp bends and elbows along the pipeline. The tool is fully autonomous and can be used in a tethered fashion or free swimming.

About PICA

PICA is a leading pipeline inspection and condition analysis provider that has serviced companies and municipalities across North America since the early 1990’s. With a roster of innovative and highly accurate tools on hand, our team provides results you can trust. Contact our team today to learn more.




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