API has successfully completed a long range pipe inspection survey for a client in Ireland working with GMC. The 600mm CI pipeline was inspected under standard operating water pressure, without the need for a shutdown. The Flowrider™ system was used to inspect internal pipe condition and configuration prior to a rehabilitation project, the advanced inspection system detected 2 leaks, and the pipe route was mapped by operatives from above ground in a single day.
The Flowrider™ system uses PIPA designed Hydrochutes for long range pipe inspections of up to 1050 metres using the water flow, the Hydrochutes include a remote collapse system for safe retrieval.
The PIPA system includes a chlorination housing and is approved for safe use in potable water networks. The camera sensors include ultra-bright COB lights, HD camera sensor with an ultra-responsive hydrophone. PIPA sensors are rated to 20 Bar pressure.
Applications to the water sector
• Pressurised water pipe condition assessment tool
• Pipe material and lining validation
• Location of pipe defects, blockages and buried valves
• Investigate the source of dirty water prior to customer complaints (DWI)
• Asset management budget validation device
• Identify illegal connections (NRW)
• Accurate leak location in all pipe materials
- Mains tracing
Camera entry points
The Flowrider™ system is designed for safe use on through bore style fire hydrants and many other valves and pressure fittings installed directly on top of a water mains.
PIPA Representative Fabio Orlandi: We have been looking to complete a trial in Ireland for the past 2 years, however due to Covid 19 this was put on hold. The trial was a great success not only inspecting the water main configuration, but to also find 2 leaks and map the pipes run on its debut visit was amazing! Well done the API and GMC team…
The Flowrider system is what the water industry has been waiting for, a complete Trunk main inspection system package that is simple to use and covers a wide range of pipe sizes. Its van based or portable when using the Flowrider Lite™, quick to set up and is a great system for all water company leakage teams and contractors can add to their tool box!
PIPA has developed the widest range of pressurised pipe inspection products commercially available in the world, and has worked with the majority of the UK water utility companies and a wide range of clients overseas.
For more information on the Flowrider ™ or any PIPA system please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org