Construction Robots: Pipe Crawlers & Underwater ROVs
Construction Companies Using Deep Trekker Robots to Verify Structural Integrity. The DT340 & DTG2 ROV prove to be the ideal construction robots for asset management. Including a case study regarding a new Water Treatment Plant submerged pipe inspection.
New Construction is a sign of economic well-being. As new permits are acquired, it is usually an indicator that good things are happening. Since 2009, new construction permits have been steadily increasing in the United States and Canada. This is beneficial for our economy, but it is also important that these projects are completed safely – to the standards that are set in place by municipalities.
New Construction RobotsAt Deep Trekker, we often talk about inspections of existing structures, and inspections of new construction projects. Nearly all projects involve pipes - many projects involve a “post-installation” or a “one-year warranty” required as part of the bid that is sent out by city or region. As shown in Greater Sudbury’s Subdivision and Off-Site Servicing Requirements, a CCTV Camera Inspection needs to indicate that the sanitary sewer or storm sewer is placed in proper alignment without damage, sags or debris. A CCTV Pipe Crawler is the ideal tool for this type of inspection.
Often times, construction companies will sub-contract this inspection to CCTV specialized contractors due to the high cost and complexity of CCTV systems. Deep Trekker construction robots have bridged the gap in this market by providing an easy to use, portable and cost-effective solution for pipe inspections.
Deep Trekker’s DT340 is capable of displaying and recording high-quality video coverage of pipes as small as 8 inches in diameter. While doing so, it also offers important data, such as tether length count and Pan and Tilt of the camera to determine the position of defects in the pipe and incline to determine sags in pipes. It also has capabilities to work with GIS software to provide NASSCO compliant PACP coded reports that some cities require for their inspections.
Case Study: Water Treatment Plant with Deep TrekkerRecently, Deep Trekker participated in an inspection of a local water treatment plant project where a suspected leak was occurring between two of the tanks. With two contracting companies working on site, it was also important to verify who was responsible for the repair of the leak. The intake to the pipe was located at the bottom of a 20-foot deep tank - the pipe, 22” in diameter with a bend.
There was a plywood board sealed to the intake from the original construction, meaning that the water would need to be drained in order to assess the tank. The ROV provided a low-cost option for encountering this error in construction - a diver would not have been able to enter the pipe and the cost of the evaluation and the draining of the tank could officially be allocated to the contractor responsible for placing the plywood board.
There is virtually no project in the world that takes place without some sort of glitch. Having a tool on hand to get eyes where it is unsafe or nearly impossible to send a diver, can help ensure that projects are executed as safely as possible. Deep Trekker prides itself on providing a handy sidekick that is easy to use and portable for pipe inspections and projects.
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