PPIC Completes R&D Center Expansion

As cities around the world continue to look for sustainable approaches to manage aging water infrastructure challenges, the Pressure Pipe Inspection Co. Ltd. (PPIC) has reinforced its commitment of providing advanced solutions for the cost-effective renewal of aging water and wastewater pipelines with the expansion of its research center.

As part of a multi-million dollar program, the expanded Center of Excellence will be used to test and advance condition assessment solutions for a variety of large diameter pipe materials. At the heart of the expanded facility is a 2,400-gal metallic pipe testing platform that can simulate typical conditions found in functioning transmission mains.

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In addition to new technology development, the facility will also be used for the PPIC Operator Training and Certification Program. Under the program, field technicians and utility staff undergo an intensive training period prior to real-life application of the technologies to help ensure the most accurate inspection results.

“PPIC is committed to developing world-class solutions to help cities around the world understand the true condition of their pipelines,” said PPIC president and CEO Dr. Brian Mergelas. “Our business is growing rapidly. By expanding this facility, we have a strategic platform to work with government agencies, water utilities, universities and partners to bring new solutions to the market.”

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PPIC research initiatives have led to the commercialization of several industry leading solutions, including: The first free-swimming electromagnetic tool for the inspection of in-service, large diameter water transmission lines; the first robotic electromagnetic inspection tool for the inspection of depressurized prestressed concrete cylinder lines; the first in-line inspection tool to detect leaks and gas pockets within operating sewer force mains; and the first long distance live video inspection system for pressurized water lines.

A world leader in large diameter water and wastewater pipeline condition assessment, PPIC offers forward looking solutions to help customers address aging infrastructure challenges in a reliable and cost effective manner. Its services pinpoint damaged sections of a pipeline to help optimize infrastructure investments, stop leaks, reduce risk and ensure compliance. PPIC has inspected more than 6,500 miles of critical pipeline assets over the past decade.

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