Water infrastructure solutions are focus of R&D center expansion

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Canada, March 29, 2010 -- Pressure Pipe Inspection Company 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...

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Canada, March 29, 2010 -- As cities around the world continue to look for sustainable approaches to manage aging water infrastructure challenges, the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company 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 gallon metallic pipe testing platform which can simulate typical conditions found in functioning transmission mains.

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 Dr. Brian Mergelas, President and CEO, PPIC. "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."

Pipeline assessment technologies such as PipeDiver™ and Sahara® provide utilities with critical information about the condition of their transmission mains by identifying structurally weak areas. Strategic condition assessment programs help cities to identify where capital investments can be made with the most impact per dollar to reduce risk while extending the operating life of the pipeline. Significant capital savings can be realized by not replacing pipelines that still have a remaining life.

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.

About PPIC
A world leader in large diameter water and wastewater pipeline condition assessment, the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company (PPIC) offers forward looking solutions to help customers address aging infrastructure challenges in a reliable and cost effective manner. Our innovative services pinpoint damaged sections of a pipeline to help optimize infrastructure investments, stop leaks, reduce risk and ensure compliance. PPIC has inspected over 6,500 miles of critical pipeline assets over the past decade. For more information, visit http://www.ppic.com

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