Field Robotics Operator

Job Overview

As a Field Robotics Operator you will qualify, operate and maintain Pipetel’s fleet of inspection robots. Deployed across North America, our Operations Team delivers inspection services to our clients’ natural gas pipeline infrastructure using exceptional technology in a professional atmosphere. We not only get the job done, we get it done right. By realizing Pipetel’s mission to provide the most relevant data to our customers and improve the safety of pipelines worldwide, our Operations Team commits to protecting the environment and making peoples’ lives better.

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California

california-wetlands use case - ili technology

Using pre-existing inspection infrastructure is yet another attractive capability of our EXPLORER iLi fleet. However, when a California client needed inspection of one of their pipelines that traversed a section of swampy wetland, typical methodologies were failing them. Although the pipeline could be inspected using traditional and conventional technologies, the customer was experiencing significant data degradation due to numerous speed excursions throughout the pipe.

With what seemed like no alternative options, the customer turned to Pipetel. Using their existing entrance and exit tubes, we were able to deploy our EXPLORER iLi 10/14 for the inspection. And because all our iLi robots operate under controlled speed, EXPLORER iLi was able to extract extremely high-accuracy data for the length of the pipeline, providing the customer with the necessary data for them to accurately assess the status of their asset.


EXPLORER iLi 10/14

Pipe Diameter: 10”, 12”, 14”

Rated Pressure: 750psi

Self-Propelled Inspection Speed: 20ft/min

By Pass: 50%

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Explorer_10-14

Mississauga, ON

Pipetel Use Case - iLi Technology

One of our longest inspections also required one of our largest robots. The EXPLORER iLi 30/36 was used in a predominantly suburban setting where we needed to transverse a school, playground, soccer and baseball fields, as well as a number of homes. Using our inline charging technology, we were able to facilitate the long and winding inspection 2 miles with little disruption to the neighborhood and no interruption in gas service.


EXPLORER iLi 30/36

Pipe Diameter: 30”, 36”

Rated Pressure: 750psi

Self-Propelled Inspection Speed: 20ft/min

By Pass: 50%

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Explorer iLi 30-36

California

california use case - EXPLORER 10/14

With a pipeline suspended from a bridge, our customer had virtually no options for an effective pipeline inspection. ECDA was unfeasible and hydro-testing would produce few data points. But our EXPLORER iLi 10/14 was a perfect solution without compromise. Untethered and self-propelled, we were not only able to extract near-perfect data from the pipeline, but we were able to provide far more sensor data than they had ever anticipated.


EXPLORER iLi 10/14

Pipe Diameter: 10”, 12”, 14”

Rated Pressure: 750psi

Self-Propelled Inspection Speed: 20ft/min

By Pass: 50%

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Explorer_10-14

New York City, NY

New York City - Piptel Use case ili technology

When our customer needed to inspect a pipeline in one of the most congested cities in the world, they turned to Pipetel for a solution. Not only did we require a nominal footprint for entry and exit, we were able to conduct the inspection, extracting top-quality data, with a minimal impact on traffic and NO impact on gas services.


EXPLORER iLi 8

Pipe Diameter: 8”

Rated Pressure: 750psi

Self-Propelled Inspection Speed: 20ft/min

By Pass: 50%

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Explorer iLi 8

Jersey City, NJ

Pipetel ili technology use case

When PSE&G needed 2.2 miles of pipeline integrity verified, they turned to Pipetel for their inspection. With more than 50% of their pipeline in the area unsuitable for conventional inspection, the customer wanted a solution that eventually could scale. Using our EXPLORER iLi 20/26, we were able to complete the inspection with no disruption to gas services while crossing challenging landscape and the Hackensack river.

PSE&G – Pig in a pipeline: New robot roots out trouble before it happens

By Karen A. Johnson – This article has been approved for reproduction by PSE&G

For years, utilities like PSE&G have used equipment called “pigs” to inspect the inside of gas pipes for corrosion, damage by excavators and other signs of trouble that could cause leaks and, in extreme cases, explosions like the one that rocked San Bruno, California, in 2010.

A pipeline pig, which is said to make a squealing noise as it moves through the pipe, normally is propelled by the speed of the gas flowing through the transmission main, while sensors measure corrosion and any thinning of the pipe wall.

“PSE&G maintains about 61 miles of gas transmission pipelines that serve our system ,” said George Ragula, distribution technical leader – gas asset strategy. “In about 30 of those miles, we are unable to use a standard pig because the flow of gas is too low to propel it. We need a more advanced way to perform inspections of these pipes to meet federal safety guidelines.”

Working through NYSEARCH, a project management organization leading a research and development consortium, PSE&G and other utilities funded development of a new robotic “smart” pig called Explorer – a self-propelled, more flexible piece of equipment that can easily navigate a pipeline’s twists and turns. Manufactured and operated by Pipetel, the robot also can provide lots of detailed information about the pipe’s condition.

“PSE&G is the first utility in New Jersey to use this new robot, which recently inspected 2.2 miles of pipeline between Jersey City and Kearny, including under Newark Bay,” Ragula said. “Thankfully, the robot didn’t detect any immediate issues with the pipe, which was installed 40 years ago.”

Ragula said PSE&G will use the more advanced pipeline pig to inspect most of its 30 miles of transmission pipes in the future. “Because it provides measurable data, this new robot will help PSE&G ensure that its infrastructure is as safe and reliable as it can be,” he said.


EXPLORER iLi 20/26

Pipe Diameter: 20”, 22”, 24”, 26”

Rated Pressure: 750psi

Self-Propelled Inspection Speed: 20ft/min

By Pass: 50%

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Explorer iLi 20-26

Poughkeepsie, NY

When Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation needed to inspect a 3,000-foot section of their natural gas transmission line, they turned to Pipetel. Using our EXPLORER iLi 16/18 series of robots, the inspection took a mere 8 hours and did not require disruption to transmission service nor did it interrupt roadway traffic. The data collected is helping shape their maintenance programs, ensuring the reliability for the system, while enhancing safety. Central Hudson has inspected over 18,500 feet of natural gas transmission line using our EXPLORER iLi robots.

Story references
http://pipetelone.com/january-2016/
http://hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com/2015/10/08/central-hudson-tests-innovative-pipeline-inspection-robot/
http://www.centralhudson.com/news/news/october8_2015.html


EXPLORER iLi 16/18

Pipe Diameter: 16”, 18”

Rated Pressure: 750psi

Self-Propelled Inspection Speed: 20ft/min

By Pass: 50%

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Explorer 16-18

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Getting High-quality Data Regardless of the Pipe-type

The robotic pipeline inspection method has become more widely used in the last decade, especially in the assessment and evaluation of natural gas and liquid product pipelines. Significant advances in robotics coupled with the relative ease of implementation of inline inspection, have led this development.

But how good is the data compared to alternative methods?

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February 2017

In the last Pipetel newsletter, we shared an article written by PSE&G, on their use of our Explorer robot to inspect some of their pipelines that were in difficult locations (see previous story in this News section). More and more pipeline operators are choosing Pipetel to inspect their pipelines due to the Explorer robot’s ability to inspect pipelines in difficult landscapes and their ability to acquire accurate and reliable data.

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January 2017

bridge_jan2017

By Karen A. Johnson – This article has been approved for reproduction by PSE&G

For years, utilities like PSE&G have used equipment called “pigs” to inspect the inside of gas pipes for corrosion, damage by excavators and other signs of trouble that could cause leaks and, in extreme cases, explosions like the one that rocked San Bruno, California, in 2010.
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February 2016 (2)

Talk to the robotic pipeline inspection experts to discuss how Pipetel can provide valuable data and improve the safety of operating your pipeline assets.

Pipetel will have a booth at CGA, and will have representatives at the NACE Corrosion Conference, and AGA Operations Conference. Pipetel will also participate as panelist at the Western Energy Institute Conference.

On March 30 at 10 am, Paul Laursen will be a panelist during the “Inline Inspection Technologies for Unique Applications” session at the Western Energy Institute.
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January 2016

The Explorer 16/18 has recently inspected a long, difficult pipeline under a roadway for a pipeline operator. The Explorer 16/18 was chosen for this project due to its versatility making it the ideal inline inspection tool for natural gas pipelines with: limited or no flow, short radius or mitered bends, valves, back-to-back bends, and pipelines that cannot be inspected by conventional inline inspection tools or other assessment methods.
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September 2015

Pipetel’s fleet of Explorer robots have been inspecting unpiggable pipelines since 2010 and they have proven to detect, locate and measure common pipeline threats including:

  • corrosion
  • manufacturing flaws
  • dents, and
  • mechanical damages

These Explorer robot inspections have also been successful in identifying construction features and providing additional pipeline information that are valuable to operators. This information helps operators verify and complete their records to better understand the configuration and construction of their pipelines.
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April 2015 (2)

Pipetel has been inspecting 8 inch gas transmission pipelines since 2010 that were previously unpiggable due to operational and configuration limitations.

Now our Explorer 8 is equipped with:

  • high resolution MFL sensors for measuring metal loss
  • Laser Deformation sensors for measuring deformations including dents and ovality
  • high resolution cameras for visual inspection

Similar to other Explorer robots in our fleet. Explorer 8 inpsects unpiggable pipelines with no interruption to the gas service as it is tetherless and self-propelled.
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