Fisheye Cameras Another Giant Leap For Pipeline Inspection

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | October 2009 Vol. 64 No. 10
Envirosight Digisewer

Digisewer has been available in the U.S. since 2007 and is available for sale or rent and has been successfully used in other parts of the world since 2004. No special licensing is required to operate Digisewer other than the components needed with the system – crawler, cable reel, software, etc. Envirosight offers inspection services on a limited basis.

RapidView LLC, (Panoramo inspection ethnology), Matthew W. Sutton, vice president sales and marketing: Panoramo pipeline inspection technology became available in the United States in 2008; Panoramo SI Manhole inspection system became available this year. The technology has been widely used throughout the world since 2003. Panoramo technology allows the user to capture considerably better data at a rate two to three times faster than traditional CCTV. The division of data acquisition and data analysis produces increased safety with as much as 30 percent lower operational costs.

RapidView Panoramo

“Patented technology utilizes digital still images which create a full 360 degree view and unfolded view. Because it captures only still images, the Panoramo system does not suffer from the motion blur of analog/video technology. The system is capable of inspecting up to 72 inch diameter pipelines with a distance of 1,640 feet from an access point,” Sutton said. “This allows us to collect data incredibly fast and maintain incredibly clear, crisp images, ultimately resulting in better data analysis. No other manufacturer offers similar technology for manhole inspection.”

Panoramo pipeline inspection systems and Panoramo SI manhole inspection systems are manufactured by IBAK Helmut Hunger of Kiel, Germany. RapidView IBAK North America sells, distributes and services these products through an extensive dealer network. There are currently more than 150 units operating in North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Both Panoramo pipe and manhole inspection systems are in stock and available for sale. There is no license required, and a current CCTV operator can be trained to use Panoramo in less than a day. Data is collected and analyzed by the customer, avoiding the need for the costly or time consuming post data collection analysis by a manufacturer.

RedZone Robotics, (Solo inspection system), Philip Johns, director of marketing: Although successfully completing large pilot jobs in the U.S. for more than a year, the RedZone Solo was officially launched this month at WEFTEC '09. The Solo robot has been hardened in other parts of the world but the primary focus to date has been in the North American market.