Pipeline Condition Assessment

Australia & New Zealand

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Accurate & Non-Destructive Pipeline Condition Assessment

Aqua Analytics use state-of-the-art technology to provide accurate data on the condition of buried pipes so you can make smarter asset management decisions. Our pipeline condition assessment service will help you determine what’s in good condition and what needs repair or replacement.

We use non-invasive and non-destructive technology to provide precise data on your buried pipes and save you from digging up and repairing components that don’t need to be fixed. This tech can also help determine whether pressure management can be used to extend the life of your asset.

To arrange a pipeline condition assessment in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, the Northern TerritoryWestern Australia or Tasmania, contact our team today. Call on 1800 264 262 (Australia) or 0800 345 697 (New Zealand).

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How KenWave DRI Works

Dynamic Response Imaging™ (DRI™), engineered by KenWave Solutions, serves as a pivotal tool for Pipeline Condition Assessment in Australia.

Specialising in the identification of distressed pipe sections, DRI™ employs non-intrusive and non-invasive techniques to obtain comprehensive pipe condition information. Notably, KenWave’s state-of-the-art equipment operates without necessitating entry into the water column, thereby ensuring uninterrupted water service—unlike traditional inline pipe technologies, and doesn’t require pipeline shutdowns that can be disruptive to utility operations.

Adaptable across various pipe materials, sizes, and diameters, DRI™ is suitable for both transmission and distribution pipelines within public, private, and industrial water networks.

Our advanced technology provides high-resolution Pipeline Condition and Leak Data, equivalent to or better than individual pipe segments.

The gathered data serves as an invaluable resource for asset owners, operators, and managers in the domain of Pipeline Asset Management. It facilitates precise understanding of the Remaining Useful Life of critical pipeline assets, thereby enabling informed decision-making in the areas of operations management, risk assessment, and budget planning for both replacement and rehabilitation initiatives.

Pipe Materials for Condition Assessment:

  • Cast Iron (CI)
  • Cast Iron Cement Linied (CICL)
  • Ductile Iron Cement Lined (DICL)
  • Asbestos Cement (AC)
  • PVC
  • PE
  • PCCP

Aqua Analytics can provide a one-off pipeline condition assessment or long-term programmatic inspections to assist with long-term asset planning. We will identify any areas of concern and provide recommendations for repairs or replacements.

Our pipeline inspection and assessment services are trusted by utilities and consultants across the region.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Too often, utility companies spend money replacing ageing water or wastewater pipelines based on inadequate pipeline conditions or leak detection data. This data may include soil corrosivity, spot checks on wall thickness at convenient locations or desktop assessments that don’t consider any ‘ground truth’ information.

Other water utilities adopt reactive approaches to bursts (or pipeline age) rather than undertaking technology driven pipeline assessment activities to prevent them. Despite increased spending on pipeline testing and real time pipeline monitoring, the information gap around buried pipeline conditions still exists, even though there are non-invasive, non-disruptive technologies available. These technologies allow technicians to collect higher quality data for asset management decision making. Using these advanced data collection technologies and their associated data analysis, Aqua Analytics brings pipeline condition assessment into the 21st century and allows utilities to be more resilient, proactive and comprehensively managed.

Aqua Analytics uses non-invasive, non-disruptive Dynamic Response Imaging™ (DRI) from KenWave Solutions to conduct water pipe condition assessments.

This acoustic pipeline assessment technology is designed for use on in-service pipes of all standard materials and diameters. The DRI technology will provide detailed, reliable condition assessment and leakage information along the length of the asset.

Our pipeline assessment technologies operate without disruption to your regular network operations and pose no risk of damage to the asset.

The device is installed on the pipeline during normal operating conditions and data measurements are collected for analysis by expert engineers. Above ground connections to fittings and appurtenances is satisfactory.

KenWave’s DRI represents the next evolution of leak noise correlators with improved sensor sensitivity and the ability to collect multiple data types simultaneously, all with a focus on safety and ease of use. 

Firstly, we develop a multi-parameter acoustic model specific to the pipe we are inspecting. Test signals are then computed and introduced via the DRI sound source before they are measured downstream by the DRI sensors.

We then use the DRI technology to compare the models with the measurements and deduce wall properties and anomaly locations. Results are then validated and the DRI database and modelling algorithms are updated to make the next inspection more accurate. This improved accuracy has immense benefits when conducting water pipe condition assessments. We can track this data over time and determine the best possible solutions for the water pipe network.

During most pipeline condition assessment projects, we also simultaneously collect pressure transient data using devices from Syrinix.

Our non-invasive DRI technology can be used to inspect pipes that trasfer water. The DRI technology is also designed for studying non-metallic and plastic pipes (including Asbestos Cement, PVC, MDPE, HDPE and GRP).

In addition to the above, we can utilise DRI technology for large-scale asbestos cement assessment projects when a water utility has a large proportion of AC mains and needs to prioritise its renewals and investments. Many cities and towns in Australia and New Zealand face a problem with their ageing asbestos cement and metallic pipelines, with billions of dollars in renewals required over the next five decades.

Aqua Analytics can also inspect mixed material pipes, such as when a small section has been repaired with ductile iron or PVC. 

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