Spotlight Webinar Series: Tackling Metallic Transmission Mains to Proactively Manage Water Infrastructure

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Today, new advancements in technologies and data analytics are helping utilities build asset management programs using a risk-based approach to pipeline condition assessment with the lowest financial impact.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to assessing metallic pipelines. An approach should be tailored within the context of your risk tolerance while taking into consideration the material, diameter, and past failure history. Many different methods and technologies can be combined to provide data and information to make decisions and prioritize pipelines. The approach can range from do-nothing to a full in-line inspection making targeted repairs and be progressive in nature.

Watch them on-demand, whenever it fits your schedule. If, after viewing the webinars, you’d like to speak with one of the water experts here at Xylem, click here and let us know – we’d be happy to speak with you in more detail about any of the approaches below.

Part 1: Pipeline Health Check

The first step in understanding the condition of your water transmission main is performing a Health Check. Are there any red flags that would warrant more action? In this approach, readily available data is gathered and analyzed to get a better understanding of the pipeline. This method is non-intrusive, and collects specific data related to the condition of the pipeline, making it more detailed than a general desktop study.

Image_Health Check_400x300.jpgDuring this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to take the first steps of condition assessment without putting tools in your pipe
  • How you can collect data that matters
  • About methods that immediately reduce the consequence of failure
  • How to identify weak points in the pipeline non-intrusively
  • How one utility saved $160K a year

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Part 2: Pipeline Screening

Pipeline Screening involves collecting end-to-end data on the Pipeline, either as part of a risk prioritization program or to take the first step in condition assessment. Methods such as transient pressure monitoring and inline leak detection identify areas where the pipe is currently having some degree of problems or where future problems can be expected. In this webinar you will hear how Champlain Water District performed pipeline screening and used the data to gain peace of mind and avoid unnecessary repairs on their high-risk water transmission main, reallocating capital resources to other projects. 

Image_Pipeline Screening_400x300.jpgDuring this webinar, you will learn:

  • How you can combine condition assessment methods to get actionable information
  • High-resolution inline leak detection
  • Methods that immediately reduce the probability of failure 
  • How Champlain Water District used this method for condition assessment on a critical metallic transmission main

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Part 3: Pipeline Engineering Assessment

Engineering Condition Assessments are the most advanced approach to understanding the true condition of a pipeline and gathering data to make confident decisions. In this approach, we collect and analyze data to give a full picture of the current condition of the pipeline and recommendations for short term repairs, as well as long term capital planning. In this webinar you will learn how the Town of Flower Mound, Texas used high-resolution inspection technologies and engineering assessment to determine the condition of a critical water main, reduce the risk on their system, and defer capital replacement dollars. 

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During this webinar, you will learn:

  • Taking a balanced approach to gathering data
  • Combining assessment methods that give you information you can act on
  • Techniques for understanding the structural capacity of the pipe wall
  • Real-life success story in the Town of Flower Mound

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No matter which level of risk you’re comfortable with, taking a data-driven approach to proactively assessing your metallic transmission mains can extend remaining useful life, help utilities optimize capital expenditures, prevent failures, and increase confidence and level of service for the communities you serve.

That’s the power of decision intelligence.