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Citywide happy to put new technology ‘down the drain’

by Citywide | 25.08.2011
Citywide’s Infrastructure division recently announced a new weapon in their asset maintenance arsenal. Referred to as a ‘QuickView’ camera, the devise has been designed to safely view all aspects of pipeline infrastructure in an easy and convenient manner.

Utilising this tool, Citywide engineers can readily assess the condition of stormwater pipes through the easy identification of breaks and/or blockages. What once was a laborious and time consuming task can now be performed in a variety of conditions and in a number of minutes.

Requiring only one person to operate, the camera’s pole-mounted viewer/recorder presents real-time footage on a colour monitor, and has the capacity to store up one hour of video in addition to still images. Collected information is then formatted and presented to the client in a detailed report which includes still photos and video.

Unlike arthroscopic camera technology, ‘QuickView’ relies on powerful high resolution lenses and piercing light. Combined, it provides the user with a viewing distance of up to 70 metres. This makes the service extremely portable, easy to deploy and cost effective.

Aside from image capture and storage, this technology allows for:

  • Onscreen distance measurement to assist with determining the length of problems;
  • Image stabilisation that ensures the video captured is smooth and free of any shaking; and
  • View centering that automatically allows the camera to ‘find’ the centre of the pipe to capture the best possible images.

After years of drought followed by rains that have drenched Australia’s eastern seaboard, this technology will prove to be a welcome solution to those wishing to quickly ascertain the condition of pipeline infrastructure and its ability to sustain large volumes of water.

Citywide’s Warren Bates has been overseeing the field testing and deployment of the solution. “This is the perfect tool for our field staff working on maintenance contracts. The information is easy to collect and easily distributed. The data collected via video is unequivocal. If drains are blocked, they will appear blocked. If damaged, we will see the damage.”

“The collected images allow us to asses any required actions, and propose workable and well budgeted responses. Essentially, this takes the guess work out of the entire stormwater pipeline maintenance contracts,” said Warren.

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