Fisheye Cameras Another Giant Leap For Pipeline Inspection

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

RedZone Robotics Solo

The Solo system is designed to operate in pipes 8 to 12 inches in diameter. The operator lowers the Solo unit into an invert, inputs the pipeline assessment and certification program (PACP) header information into a laptop computer, then “launches” the robot. The operator then can close the manhole and move on to deploy additional robots while the 360 degree video inspection is underway. Digital information collected can be reviewed on site by the operator and then is fully PACP coded by RedZone and presented via ICOM3 asset management software.

“An inspection takes less time than a zoom camera and far less than conventional equipment because no coding is done onsite and multiple robots can be deployed, so it is a quick and easy way to fully inspect pipe and receive PACP coded information in a useful format,” Johns pointed out.

“RedZone's Solo is the industry's only autonomous inspection robot. The whole system can be hand carried, allowing crews to deploy it anywhere they can reach by foot. A single crew can deploy multiple robots, increasing throughput by several multiples over conventional CCTV and other fisheye systems. The robots do not require onsite trucks or generators, which result in increased safety, emissions reductions, elimination of easement access challenges and minimal public disruption. Included in the system lease are all viewing, coding and web based asset management software, all designed from the start to work together, saving headaches of compatibility, vendor availability, licensing and IT infrastructure investment.”

The Solo robot is designed and manufactured by RedZone robotics in the United States and requires only one day's training to operate.

Everything necessary to deploy the robots and analyze the information is included with the system, from field equipment and RedZone PACP coding and web based asset management software. The sales model is designed to reduce fixed costs and maintenance requirements, and ensures that customers are always using the most up to date and well serviced equipment. The system provides customers the flexibility to do more inspection work in a shorter time frame without having to expand their organization.