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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Changes in wall thickness
Repair patches and sleeves
Unbarred tees and other hot tap fittings
Liquid and debris pools
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:
Toll free: 1 855-747-3835
With EXPLORER iLi you don’t have to compromise your data.
For many operators, challenging pipelines means deploying a simplified assessment methodology and accepting minimal data in return.
For those choosing hydrotesting, only an isolated portion of your pipeline is assessed and all you get is a pass or fail. 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.
The benefits of EXPLORER iLi compared to hydrotest.
The EXPLORER iLi is among 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 EXPLORER iLi, you no longer need to choose inferior methodologies to get the data you need:
Single entry and exit point; if you have existing fittings on your pipes from the previous assessment cycle, an EXPLORER iLi can be deployed without the added capital expenditure or the need to install new fittings
Comprehensive data collection – much more information and knowledge on the conditions of your pipe relative to hydrotest
Multipoint data collection including laser deformation, MFL, and video capture
Environmentally-friendly; no contaminated or hazardous waste water to dispose
Pipeline can remain in operation with no service disruption
Superior, comprehensive results make iLi EXPLORER a more efficient and economical choice than hydrotest
Are you considering a hydrotest? Let’s talk.
We’re always happy to discuss difficult pipeline inspection scenarios. Our experienced team of operators and engineers are always ready to meet any challenge. Give us a call or drop us an email and let’s see how we can help you.
Find out how Pipetel delivers iLidata without compromise.
When it comes to the inspection of your company’s pipelines, challenging infrastructure often forces tough choices. Compromising the quality of your inspection data shouldn’t be one of them.
As a small-footprint alternative to conventional inspection technologies, our iLi advanced robots provide multipoint data that is superior to data collected by traditional means. Now you can know the health of your pipeline with a higher degree of certainty and with minimum impact on the operations of your pipeline.
Join the Pipetel team of robotic iLi experts at PPIM 2018 and find out how our services and technologies can save you time and money.
Visit us at booth # 1030 and pick-up a complimentary copy of our data quality whitepaper.
It’s been another busy and productive year at Pipetel. The ever-changing challenges of pipeline inline inspection continue to drive improvements and innovations in our technologies, analytics, and procedures.
“Whether it’s your first year with Pipetel or your seventh ~ thank you for your business!”
Every client is important to us. The challenges you bring help make us better, more innovative, and more determined. Our successes over the past years have been because of you and we appreciate the confidence, trust, and loyalty you have shown us.
Looking forward to 2018. Happy New Year!
As the New Year approaches, we turn our attention to continuing to innovate and improve our robotics, enhancing our sensor technologies and data collection, and, ultimately, being able to protect the integrity and safety of your pipelines with even greater ease, accuracy, and efficiency than ever before.
Thank you for helping make 2017 a great year for Pipetel. We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year and look forward to working with you soon.
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?
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.
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”
Evaluate your pipeline without shutting down the line. Pipetel can inspect unpiggable pipelines up to 750 psi. Our Explorer robots are self-propelled and do not require line pressure for propulsion to travel through the pipeline. Continue reading “April 2016”
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)”
A Pipetel ‘Big Data’ article was featured in the MaRS Cleantech News. Also there was an interview with founder and president Paul Laursen who discussed the biggest challenge in building Pipetel and the importance of listening to customers. See link below for full story:
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”
It’s that holiday time of year again when we reflect on the year that has so quickly gone by. It’s remarkable that we are starting our 7th year. We have achieved and exceeded many milestones. These accomplishments couldn’t have been possible without the valued support of our friends and clients.
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:
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. Continue reading “September 2015”
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. Continue reading “April 2015 (2)”