Echologics innovation site adds PCCP pipe
The Phase II expansion of Echologics’ Innovation Site, the company’s research and training center in Walkerton, Ontario, is underway with the addition of prestressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP). The addition of PCCP will allow for development of technologies for condition assessment and continuous leak monitoring of PCCP pipe.
Our survey level condition assessment results for PCCP correlate well with internal electromagnetic survey results, enabling utilities to use ePulse technology for quickly surveying long distances of PCCP for identifying areas of distress for inspection by more intrusive and costly internal inspection tools. Some types of PCCP pipe, such as C303 bar-wrapped pipe, can leak before a significant rupture event, making continuous leak detection monitoring a very cost-effective method for reducing operating risk.
Opened in 2015, the Echologics Innovation Site replicates a fully functional water distribution network with more than 2,000 feet of buried pipe on site. Over the past two years, hundreds of utility staff and Echologics field technicians have participated in research and training at the facility.