Water industry software innovator Innovyze has announced the addition of Electro Scan to its partner network of wet infrastructure technology providers.
The partnership will enable Focused Electrode Leak Location (FELL) inspection data to be analysed in real-time within the asset repair and rehabilitation engine of Innovyze’s InfoAsset Planner solution.
The renewal and replacement of ageing infrastructure, combined with the financing of capital projects, are often identified as the main challenges for water and wastewater service providers. As such, proper identification and prioritisation of repair and rehabilitation projects is a key driver for utility capital improvement programmes.
To address this challenge, InfoAsset Planner uses condition assessment and geospatial data to generate asset management plans. With statistical deterioration modelling, risk-based analysis and rehabilitation-focused decision support, infrastructure asset managers are able to then plan the right capital expenditures (CAPEX).
“Our partnership with Electro Scan represents the beginning of using the Innovyze platform with best-in-class machine-intelligent technology to improve operational performance and CAPEX delivery,” commented Erick Heath, vice-president of global partnerships at Innovyze. “The real-time availability of reliable FELL inspection data in InfoAsset Planner will allow asset managers to improve their capital plans and optimise spending priorities.”
Using a web-based API to import pipeline defect data from Electro Scan’s Critical Sewers cloud-based application into InfoAsset Planner, the solution allows for Electro Scan’s precise pipeline diagnostic inspection to display estimated leakage rates by footage.
Data can also be displayed alongside CCTV visual observations. The FELL data provides pipe defect locations to within 1cm and inflow/infiltration flow rates in gallons per minute. This ensures that the rehabilitation recommendations are accurately prioritised, as well as to confirm that rehabilitated pipes have been delivered as watertight.
“Users are already strengthening their decisions and we expect rehabilitation projects and day-to-day operations of sewer systems to continue to improve,” Heath added.
FELL inspection is an effective method for quickly and accurately identifying pipe defects by deploying focused electrode leak location technology. This gives system managers an objective, repeatable, machine-intelligent data source, instead of having to rely on visual inspection of CCTV footage.
“Some people might say that rehabilitation decisions are only as good as the condition assessment data they support,” added Chuck Hansen, CEO and founder of Electro Scan. “But, only Innovyze Asset Planner can provide an easy to use, customizable, decision support engine that can deploy FELL data across the utility enterprise – including engineering, finance, operations, and maintenance – to make highly targeted capital investment decisions and certify pipelines as watertight.”
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