By detecting leaks and air pockets, confirming pipeline alignment, and providing an internal visual inspection, the Sahara® platform is a valuable addition to a proactive pipeline management program.
The Sahara platform is a tethered inspection tool for assessing pressurized water pipelines six inches (150 mm) and larger. The platform detects leaks and air pockets, captures live video, and maps pipelines in a single deployment without disrupting regular service. With this pipeline condition information, pipeline owners can make informed rehabilitation and management decisions on a pipe-by-pipe basis.
The Sahara platform is a tethered tool that gives pipeline operators close control during inspections to precisely locate leaks, air pockets, pipeline alignment and other visual defects in complex networks.
Leak and Air Pocket Detection — The platform’s highly sensitive acoustic sensor can detect pinhole leaks on any pipeline material. This sensor also identifies the sound of trapped air, which can adversely affect pipeline flow and magnify the effects of transient pressure events.
Mapping — The Sahara platform can locate the pipeline with sub-meter accuracy, providing global positioning system (GPS) coordinates for points of interest. This platform can also generate a plan view of pipelines with unknown alignment by locating the pipeline at discrete points, features, and bends.
Inline Video Inspection — The platform is equipped with a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera that displays real-time footage of the pipeline interior.
Since 1997, utilities around the world have relied on the Sahara platform to inspect more than 4,500 miles (7200 km) of pipeline and detect over 6,500 leaks. This operational experience ensures quality project management and professional inspection delivery.