Valve condition assessment involves the inspection, operation and evaluation of the mechanical condition and operational reliability of critical water network valves throughout a water supply system. Critical valve intelligence is invaluable in times of crisis: For example, during a major water main break when an immediate shutdown is required to reduce damage to nearby property.
Valve and fire hydrant testing allows water utilities to establish hydrant servicing and repair schedules through regular condition inspection and maintenance projects. Undertaking hydrant assessments ensure critical assets can deliver water at required pressures and flow rates.
Using best-in-class valve condition assessment and hydrant inspection technologies and methodologies, Aqua Analytics can provide comprehensive reports detailing the function of the critical valve assets, the flow and pressure of fire hydrants, determining estimated remaining life, and recommending any required maintenance or repairs.
What Is the Purpose of Valve Condition Assessment?
Water utilities should develop programs to regularly undertake valve condition assessment and maintenance to improve organisational knowledge about their valve inventory. Broken, closed, missing, or seized valves can significantly impact water main failure events that require emergency shutdown. Better water network knowledge and asset intelligence are critical for the management of these disruptive events. Other reasons why a valve condition assessment should be undertaken are to:
- Reduce the risk of injuries to field staff who operate seized valves.
- Increase confidence that critical valves are accessible and in good working condition, reducing the time to undertake reactive repair works.
- Limit the number of customers interruptions during a water main burst or other network outages.
- Confirm the status of valves and provide this information to a hydraulic model to obtain more accurate insights.
What Are the Benefits of Valve Condition Assessment?
Understanding the condition of your critical valves enhances your ability to control water flow within the distribution system effectively. It also allows you to extend valve life and quickly locate valves in the field when operation is required. Valve condition assessment enables:
- A complete inventory of distribution system valves and mapped with high accuracy using our specialist GPS-enabled field equipment
- More efficient future shut down of water mains during burst events or reactive maintenance minimising the customer impact and damage to nearby property
- More insight into future CAPEX and OPEX requirements to improve valve operations and network reliability
- Greater confidence in Consequence of Failure (CoF) and Likelihood of Failure (LoF) studies
- Locating buried valves and improving access by removing debris from valve spindles
- Exercising of seized valves maintaining asset health.
- Identification of broken valves
- Identification of closed valves and determination of clockwise/anti-clockwise closing orientation
- Correctly identifying valve type (for example: scour valves that may be incorrectly shown as isolation valves)
- Extension of asset life by exercising of valves until the torque required to operate is reduced
Why Undertake a Hydrant Condition Assessment in Your Water network?
Using fire hydrant testing to understand the condition of your hydrants allows minimal interruption when they are required at critical times. It is also important that in times of need, these critical water assets can deliver the required pressures and flow rates to local regulations and standards. We utilise smart technologies to undertake hydrant inspections and assessments, leveraging the power of GIS integration solutions such as Trimble Water. Other aspects of our hydrant inspections are:
- Fire hydrant testing
- Hydrant pressure and flow testing
- Minor maintenance activities such as painting, removal of sediment, installation of marker pegs/reflective cats eyes
- Major maintenance activities such as repair or removal of yokes, spring ball, riser or tee (including developing shutdown plans or undertaking customer notifications)
- Water mains cleaning
- Capturing photographs and GPS data for integration into Asset Management Systems
- Locating missing or covered hydrants
- A full hydrant asset inventory using Trimble Unity
Reduce Workplace Injuries With Smart, Proactive Valve Condition Assessment
Workplace health and safety is the biggest priority of most water utilities in Australia and New Zealand. Undertaking a valve condition assessment program enhances the safety of your field teams since the mechanical operation of valves will significantly reduce the risk of valve operator injuries. Improve the safety of your teams by implementing a structured valve condition assessment program.
How Do We Implement a Valve Condition Assessment or Hydrant Condition Assessment Project in Australia or New Zealand?
Valve and hydrant condition assessment projects are very beneficial for identifying and repairing discrepancies in enterprise datasets. If you want to improve your water network performance, reduce customer impacts, and increase operational reliability, contact us today to discuss our valve and hydrant condition assessment options throughout Australia and New Zealand.
What Other Services Do You Provide?
Not only do we provide fire hydrant testing and hydrant servicing, but Aqua Analytics has also pioneered smart water management solutions with a focus on water loss management, pipe condition assessment and leak detection. We utilise various technology-driven methods and solutions to provide our clients with intelligent, intuitive, and practical strategies to manage their assets.
Our Services Include:
- Active Leak Detection
- Pipeline Condition Assessment
- Smart Water Consulting
- Smart Water Networks
- Smart Water Metering
- Water Loss Management
What Is the Aqua Analytics Approach to Safety?
HSQE stands for workplace health, safety, quality, and environment and is integral to everything we do at Aqua Analytics. We take our commitment to HSQE standards seriously and hold certifications for the following standards:
- ISO 14001:2015
- ISO 9001:2015
- ISO 45001:2018
The health and safety of all our staff is paramount, and we make continuous efforts to improve safety performance every year. We do this by:
- Establishing objectives and targets with the intent of reducing and eliminating work-related injuries and incidents
- Assessing HSQE risks and taking appropriate measures to reduce potential risks
- Defining clear roles and responsibilities for HSQE across the whole company.
- Complying with statutory HSQE requirements, codes, standards, and guidelines
Some of our HSQE strategies include:
- Providing ongoing education and training to our employees ensuring that all employees can carry out their duties in a safe manner
- Distributing HSQE information, including this policy, to all employees and interested parties
- Ensuring HSE management principles are included in all organisational planning activities
- Performing routine HSQE audits to assess compliance with HSQE laws and company policies
- Providing enough resources to ensure occupational health, safety, quality and environment is a central part of the organisation
- Consulting with employees and other parties to improve decision-making on HSQE matters.
What Areas Do Aqua Analytics Service?
With offices across Australia and in New Zealand and Singapore, we provide domestic and international services for your water management needs. If you are unsure whether we can reach you, get in contact with our friendly team, and we’ll let you know whether we can help.
How Much Do Your Services Cost?
When crafting intelligent valve and pipeline management strategies, we are unable to provide one size fits all estimations. As every job we work on is unique, we quote on a project-by-project basis. Whether you are looking for a long-term engagement or short-term assistance, we provide clear and transparent pricing structures that best accommodate your budget without compromising on the quality of our solutions.
If you would like to discuss your hydrant assessment, active leak detection, water loss management, pipeline assessment or smart network management project today, get in touch with the Aqua Analytics team.