In-flow sewer inspection identifies severe corrosion
Nov 04, 2016
A severely corroded rising sewer main, which had lost two-thirds of its wall thickness in places, was detected for Yorkshire Water by JD7 using its Pipescan+ technology.
Rising sewer problem
The project in Kenmore Road, Wakefield, exemplifies use of JD7 advanced inspection technology on a rising sewer main, a pipeline used to pump sewage under pressure to a higher location. A growing issue within sewer rising mains is corrosion and erosion on the invert - the lower part of the pipe into which the liquid sinks - eventually leading to bursts.
JD7’s general manager Dale Hartley says, “Corrosion and erosion is caused by grit and debris falling to the invert when the pumps are shut off. When the pumps restart, this is then pushed along the bottom causing wear to the pipe wall or lining.
Traditional methods of inspecting a sewer rising main usually involve an external ultrasonic scan, in isolated exposed areas, often reacting to a burst or leak. This provides only a very localised result around the small area of pipeline exposed or scanned.
This information can also be comparatively unrefined, providing only an approximate snapshot of wall thickness and estimated remaining service life for a very small area of the pipe. This is highly unlikely to be representative of the entire pipeline and does little to predict a possible recurrence.
Survey while in service
The system allows accurate calculation of remaining life expectancy of the pipework as thousands of measurements can be acquired in minutes. PipeScan+ is configured onto a 100m semi-flexible umbilical line, offering assessment over 100m lengths.
Data quality and detail
By inserting PipeScan+ technology into and along the live main, JD7 can obtain and provide more accurate, higher resolution pipe-wall data over a greater distance of the pipeline. This comprehensive information enables the utility to take informed investment decisions about whether the pipe requires maintenance or replacement.
Rising sewer mains form only a small proportion of the pipelines JD7 has tackled. More normally, the company would be asked to assess a potable water main using a tri-sensor survey such as the Investigator (pipelines <300mm) or the LDS1000, offering a survey distance of up to 1km in large diameter trunk mains.
This innovative, but proven technology provides a sophisticated way to inspect live mains though existing fittings & fixtures. Surveying live mains (water, sewer or other) without interruption to supply is a key driver for the UK water sector.
“Under current environmental guidelines, a fine for a single sewer leak can reach more than £1 million. JD7’s technology provides the best way for utilities to get the most information about pipeline condition."
“Even if the utility takes the decision not to replace the main, being able to demonstrate that they took best available steps to assess the condition can demonstrate responsibility and help mitigate the size of the fines.”
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