Robotic Pipeline Inspection: More Than Technology

At Pipetel, we consider inline pipeline inspection to be about more than technology. There are numerous other factors involved in the inspection of a pipeline and ensuring its integrity.

For us, pipeline inspection means the complete delivery of inline inspection services with end-to-end project management.

Our Track Record Consistently Shows That We Follow Through

With Pipetel, you can be rest assured that you can trust our word. From our leadership to the front line, we are always honest and transparent with our customers. Our history of consistently meeting deadlines is also a point of pride for us. From showing up on time to delivering our reports on time – our customers can rely on Pipetel to stay on schedule.

The backbone of Pipetel is its people. We are committed to work above and beyond to satisfy our customers and deliver exceptional service.

Get Answers Easily and Efficiently

You can also take comfort in the fact that most of our project managers, sales staff, and operations personnel are either engineers or have an engineering background. This means that we fully understand the technical nature of pipeline integrity management and we can effectively and efficiently answer your technical questions.

When you call Pipetel with a question, you will most likely reach an engineer who understands the importance of your technical needs.

That’s how we set the standard for an exceptional customer experience in pipeline inspection: we refuse to compromise your time or your technical requirements.

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Pipetel is Coming to Houston…

This summer Pipetel will be presenting at Unpiggable Pipelines Solutions Forum. Pipetel will be presenting at this forum for the 5th consecutive forums. The objective of the forum is to address capabilities and guidance concerning tools for corrosion and mechanical damage inspection of ‘unpiggable’ oil, gas and hazardous liquids pipelines. The focus will be on the capabilities of existing technologies as well as those in research and development.

Unpiggable Pipelines Solutions Forum
Houston, Texas
June 10-13, 2019

Unpiggable Pipelines Solutions Forum

Pipetel Presentation

“Robotic Inspection of a 2.3 mile pipeline”

by: Rod Lee | Thursday June 13

One of the longest consecutive inspections performed by Pipetel to date is 2.3 miles. The two-day inspection utilized two hot tap fittings for Explorer entry and exit, as well as three charge points. The comprehensive MFL, dent and video data provided the operator with the integrity information required for continual undisrupted operation. This paper reviews the process, execution and data from the use of Explorer ILI for long distance inspections that are several miles in length.

We’d love to see you there, please reach out for a copy of the paper.

Stop by booth 03 to learn more!

Give us a call:
Phone: 416.510.8588
Toll free: 1 855-747-3835
Fax: 866-418-8862

Drop us an email:
info@pipetelone.com

Meet us at 2019 AGA Operations Conference…

This spring Pipetel will be exhibiting at the annual AGA Operations Conference. It is the natural gas industry’s premier gathering of natural gas utility and transmission company operations management from across North America and the world for the sharing of technical knowledge, ideas and practices to promote the safe, reliable, and cost-effective delivery of natural gas to the end-user.

Pipetel will be exhibiting at Booth 1400.

Operations Conference & Biennial Exhibition
Nashville, Tennessee
April 30 – May 3, 2019
Operations Conference & Biennial Exhibition


Our Pipetel EXPLORER iLi robotic inline inspection services provide data allowing operators of pipelines to implement a proactive pipeline integrity management and maintenance program. We provide a range of services in pipelines from 6 to 36 inches including inspection for metal loss, dents, mechanical damage and video. End-to-end project management, proprietary software tools, together with responsive customer service and innovative engineering, ensures that our customers’ most difficult ILI challenges will be resolved.

Stop by booth 1400 to learn more!

Give us a call:
Phone: 416.510.8588
Toll free: 1 855-747-3835
Fax: 866-418-8862

Drop us an email:
info@pipetelone.com

It’s a brand new year when new possibilities and innovations lay ahead.

At Pipetel we’re anticipating a dynamic 2019, we’ve got a lot of exciting new initiatives and investments to talk about. Here’s a glimpse of what we’re doing:

The Importance of Accuracy and Testing

At Pipetel we have invested heavily in stocking pipes from all sources and running our fleet of Explorer iLi robots through them to qualify, validate and improve our service offering. Running test after test in pipes with differing characteristics allows our team to assure the quality and continuously improve our deliverables. It’s this kind of attention to detail that all of our clients can rely on. Our job and our mission is to ensure the safety and longevity of your pipelines.

Find out more at PPIM conferences in February

Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference

Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference™
Houston, Texas
February 20-22, 2019

We want to meet you! Pipetel is proud to be a part of this year’s PPIM. We are looking forward to sharing insights and innovations in the pipeline industry. Come join us at PPIM 2019, we have free visitor passes and look forward to engaging with the leading minds in our industry.

Don’t settle for anything less, go for the best, and get close-up details of your pipes with Pipetel.

We are excited about the challenges that lie ahead, the knowledge we’ll gather and the innovations to come. At Pipetel, we believe that with integrity, hard work and ingenuity we can serve our clients the standard in safe, efficient and effective pipelines. We’re looking forward to working with you to make 2019 a year to celebrate!

Give us a call:
Phone: 416.510.8588
Toll free: 1 855-747-3835
Fax: 866-418-8862

Drop us an email:
info@pipetelone.com

Wishing You a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

EXPLORER Robot with Christmas decorations

As the year draws to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on what has been accomplished and to set our sights on what we hope to achieve in the year to come. For Pipetel, the year was marked with several important milestones that make the future even more exciting:

First Run Success Rate of close to 100%
Our on-going commitment to improving and innovating our technologies and services has led to increased inspection efficiency. With a focus on quality assurance, training, communication and collaboration with our clients, a consistently high first run success rate brings confidence.

New Pipetel office
New Facilities, New Opportunities
This month we moved into new facilities that are 2.5 times larger than our previous headquarters! At the new location we are able to serve your needs better with increased space for demonstrations, testing, and quality assurance. We’re proud of our new robotics and operations center and we invite you to come and visit us anytime for a tour!

“Whether it’s your first year with Pipetel, or your eighth: thank-you!”

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: every client is important to us. Focusing on your needs and your challenges, makes us better at what we do. And our continued success is because of your trust and loyalty. Thank you.

What lies ahead?

While we can never know the future, we are confident that our continued focus on innovation and improvements to efficiency and effectiveness will help us be your best choice for protecting the integrity and safety of your pipelines.

Thank you for helping make 2018 a great year. We look forward to the next opportunity to work with you.

Examining Data Quality of Robotic Pipeline Inspection Methods

Recently Pipetel published an article that examines the ability of robotic pipeline inspection methods. It covers results and specific examples of pipeline anomalies, as well as the quality of data acquired.

Using robotic pipeline inspection is economical and pipes are more accessible in areas which are difficult for hydrotesting or direct assessment, such as urban or congested areas, environmentally sensitive areas, or areas such as highways, railways and bridges. Pipetel’s Explorer inspection provides comprehensive data and information about the integrity conditions of the pipeline that allows engineers to develop effective maintenance plans.

Qualitative Benefits of Pipetel’s Explorer iLi

Sample MFL data and video image of a long seam weld from a pipe
Sample MFL data and video image of a long seam weld from a pipe
  • The MFL sensors are capable of magnetizing the pipe materials up to the maximum wall thickness capability of the sensors.
  • The resulting MFL data from an Explorer inspection offers the distinct advantage of being free from any speed related degradation.
  • The deformation sensor on Explorers also offers superior circumferential resolution as it is continuous since a laser is used without any discrete spacing.
  • The MFL and deformation data are always complimented by visual evidence captured by cameras.

 

Read the full article at: Pipeline & Gas Journal

Contact us for a pdf copy of the article.

Don’t settle for anything less, go for the best with Pipetel, and get close-up details of your pipes.

We’re always happy to discuss difficult pipeline inspection scenarios. Our experienced team of personnel is always ready to meet any challenge.

Give us a call:
Phone: 416.510.8588
Toll free: 1 855-747-3835
Fax: 866-418-8862

Drop us an email:
info@pipetelone.com

Come speak to the Robotic Pipeline Inspection experts…

In September 2018, members of the pipeline industry from around the world will gather in Calgary for the 12th International Pipeline Conference (IPC 2018). The International Pipeline Conference is designed to inform, enlighten and motivate.

Pipetel will be exhibiting at Booth 117 on the Upper Level.

International Pipeline Conference (IPC 2018)
Calgary, Alberta
September 25-27, 2018
International Pipeline Conference (IPC 2018)

Our Pipetel EXPLORER iLi Robots provide inline inspection services that provide data allowing operators of natural gas pipelines to implement a proactive pipeline integrity management and maintenance program. We provide a range of services in unpiggable pipelines from 6 to 36 inches including inspection for metal loss, dents, mechanical damage and video.

Stop by Booth 117 to learn more!

Register for your FREE Expo Pass using promo code “JOIN2018” at internationalpipelineexpo.com

Get a Close-up of your Pipes with Pipetel

With Pipetel EXPLORER iLi you capture every little detail of your pipe

For many operators, challenging pipelines mean deploying a simplified assessment methodology and accepting minimal data in return. If you are on a multi-year assessment cycle, this means there’s a lot you don’t know for a long time, about your pipeline’s integrity.

Find out more at any of these 3 premium industry conferences in June

World Gas Conference 2018
Washington, DC
June 25-29, 2018
World Gas Conference 2018

American Gas Association 2018 Operations Conference

Washington DC
June 25-29, 2018
American Gas Association 2018 Operations Conference

Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners 23rd Annual Eduation Conference
Hershey, PA
June 24-27, 2018

Pipetel’s EXPLORER iLi is one of the world’s most advanced inline inspection robots. Fully articulated, self-propelled, bi-directional, and tetherless, our fleet enables visual and non-destructive inspection of live pipelines, providing multipoint data, regardless of the difficulty of the location or complexity of the pipeline.

With Pipetel, you can get close-up details of your pipes and capture every little detail of your pipe:

  • Internal and external corrosions
  • Corrosion along long seam welds
  • Dents and corrosions interacting with dents
  • Seamless pipes
  • Changes in wall thickness
  • Cased pipes
  • Chill rings
  • Couplings
  • Repair patches and sleeves
  • Unbarred tees and other hot tap fittings
  • Liquid and debris pools
  • Elbows
  • Wrinkles
  • Ripples
  • Buckles
  • Ovalities
  • Expansion
  • Misalignments

Don’t settle for anything less, go for the best with Pipetel, and get close-up details of your pipes.

We’re always happy to discuss difficult pipeline inspection scenarios. Our experienced team of personnel is always ready to meet any challenge.

Give us a call:
Phone: 416.510.8588
Toll free: 1 855-747-3835
Fax: 866-418-8862

Drop us an email: info@pipetelone.com

Or come talk to us at any of the 3 upcoming conferences and let’s see how we can help you.

Join us at the UNPIGGABLE Pipeline Solutions Forum.

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?

Continue reading “Join us at the UNPIGGABLE Pipeline Solutions Forum.”

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.

Continue reading “February 2017”

January 2017

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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.
Continue reading “January 2017”

November 2016

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

All our robots are 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

Continue reading “November 2016”

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.
Continue reading “February 2016 (2)”

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.
Continue reading “January 2016”