Underwater Sewer Pipe Inspection

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | March 2012, Vol. 67 No. 3

“Using I.T.pipes GIS view tool,” he said, “we not only have a free read-only version of the software to provide to King County for viewing, but also have a link between our maps and the viewer. This allows us to select a line on the map and instantly view the associated detail, video, snapshots and PDF reports. We can select any lines inside I.T.pipes that meet select criteria and highlight those same lines in the GIS. Or we can select a line in the GIS and launch I.T.pipes to view the detail and make modifications or further notes.”

Over the course of the project, IPI inspected 105 manhole sections of pipe with 13 deployments averaging more than 3,910 feet each, said James. Each deployment was started and finished on the same day. Environmental conditions and weather changes posed logistical challenges every day. At times, harsh weather brought lake conditions that required work to be postponed.

IPI had two project managers on site: James and Pat Shepp.

The project was done under a five year inspection contract between IPI and King County which is a part of the county’s 15-year inspection cycle of these lake lines.

King County's Regional Wastewater Conveyance and Treatment System serves approximately 1.5 million people in a 420-square-mile service area which includes most urban areas of King County and parts of south Snohomish County and northeast Pierce County. The system includes more than 350 miles of pipe, three large wastewater treatment plants, two smaller plants and four combined sewer overflow treatment facilities.

Interactive Pipe Inspection was established in 2009 as a corporation specializing in advanced technology applications for the inspection of underground pipe systems to multi-national markets. IPI began as a division of Pipe Experts LLC, a provider of trenchless technology services for more than 30 years. The company also has introduced a method of panoramic inspection of manholes. IPI is based in Tumwater, WA.

“The ability to provide engineers and municipalities with measurable data is a major benefit of the panoramic technology,” said James. “We believe it is the future of pipe inspection and that future is IPI.”

Interactive Pipe Inspection, (800) 850-3043, http://ipi-pipe.com
Inuktun, (877) 468-5886, http://inuktun.com

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