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Pipe Condition Assessment

For utilities with deteriorating pipelines and limited budgets, prioritizing pipe repair and replacement is a must. The ePulse ® pipe condition assessment process is a valuable tool for this complex decision-making process. This innovative technology uses acoustic signals and advanced computer algorithms to measure the average minimum remaining wall thickness of distribution and transmission mains. The structural data collected helps water systems optimize repair and replacement programs and improve capital investment decisions.
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Engineered by Echologics, ePulse® is a non-disruptive acoustic pipe condition assessment technology that provides accurate information on the structural condition of underground assets. It helps utilities confirm assumptions and typical pipe replacement recommendations based primarily on computer models. It allows water systems to implement proactive asset management plans –targeting critical water mains and allocating spending to the appropriate corrective action: replace, rehab, repair, or defer.


The technology works on a wide variety of pipe diameters (from 4 inches to over 60 inches) and on pipes made of cast iron, asbestos cement, or concrete. This innovative assessment solution requires no extensive support from utility field staff and causes no disruptions to roadways or the water supply. This non-intrusive, low-risk process allows to quickly test large portions of mains (up to 0.5mile/team/day with minimal support) at a lower cost. It can also simultaneously detect the presence of leaks which makes it an extremely cost-effective solution.


Value of SUEZ Pipe Condition Assessment Process:

  • OPTIMIZE capital investments
  • IMPROVE long term asset management with strategical approach to pipeline repairs and replacement
  • MITIGATE risk of failures on critical mains and associated repair costs and service disruptions
  • REDUCE inspection costs of both distribution and transmission mains
  • DECREASE labor costs and water leakage





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