sound leak detection Articles

  • Listening In: Smartball Detects Ancient Buried Sounds

    For this leak detection survey, Pure’s innovative free-swimming acoustic tool gathered critical information about the aging pipeline assets of this historic Arabian city. This large public utility supplies bulk water to this bustling, historic resort city located in the Arabian Penninsula region. The city’s infrastructure – above ground and below – ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Case study - Birmingham water works board identifies 26 leaks using advanced inline leak detection

    Service: SmartBall Leak Detection Client: Birmingham Water Works Board Project Date: January 2012 - ongoing Location: Birmingham, Ala Type of Pipeline: Water Transmission Main Diameter: 42-inch (1050mm) Pipe Material: Reinforced Concrete Pipe In early 2012, the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) ran a successful leak detection program on 7.7 miles (12 km) of 42-inch ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Mancomunidad de la Comarca de Pamplona (MCP) Identifies 4 Leaks Using Inline Leak Detection

    Around the world, leaking water pipelines represent a major resource and financial loss for utilities. It is estimated that in some places, Non-Revenue Water exceeds 50 percent. In terms of financial losses, the World Bank estimates that NRW costs utilities worldwide about US$14 billion annually. By reducing these losses by half in areas with the highest NRW, it is estimated that US$2.9 billion ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Case study - Germany/Albstadt: How telemetry cuts the cost of leak detection significantly

    Introduction Albstadt is a town located in southwest Germany, about 80km south of Stuttgart. Albstadtwerke are the utility network distribution provider in this region supplying potable water, natural gas and electricity.  In addition to managing and maintaining the local distribution assets in Albstadt, Albstadtwerke operate and maintain two more potable water distribution ...


    By Gutermann AG

  • Tackling Non-Revenue Water by Identifying Small Leaks

    Small leaks sink big ships – the same can be said for large-diameter pipes in utility networks. While large leaks or ruptures are seen as newsworthy stories accompanied by images of water flowing down the streets; smaller leaks can often be more devastating. Left undetected, they can add up over time, contributing significantly to ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Understanding the Benefits of Fixed Gas Detection

    "Fixed gas detection is an essential method of ensuring maximum protection for personnel and plant. There are a variety of technologies available for a multitude of applications. Understanding fixed gas detection is the first step in providing safety." What is fixed gas detection? Fixed gas detection is installed with the aim of providing continuous, area and personnel protection. ...


    By a1-cbiss

  • Hole Dug, Leak Found - City Of Ottawa Entrusts Smartball Platform To Look For Leaks In Tranmsission Main

    When your inspection task is to survey a critical pipeline for leaks, nothing is more satisfying than trusting your technology to predict the leak location and then standing by as the client excavates the area to find a flow of water within one meter of exactly where you said it would be. The above-described "leak-where-predicted" recently happened with the City of ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Enhanced Geomembrane CQA through proper application of geomembrane leak location surveys

    Abstract Historically, geomembrane construction quality assurance (CQA) has focused on destructive testing of welded seams to verify seam strength and integrity. Paradoxically, seams are not subject to significant stress and practically never fail in service, while holes and construction damage in the geomembrane are a much more widespread problem. The historical approach fails to evaluate ...

  • Performance-Based Specification Of Electrical Leak Location Surveys For Geomembrane Liners

    ABSTRACT Electrical leak location surveys can be a crucial part of the final quality control of geomembrane liner installations. The method has been offered as a commercial service since 1985 and is the only practical test method that can find holes in the liner after protective soil cover is put on the liner. During the past fourteen years the test method has been used on a wide variety of ...

  • Case study - Aquascope 3 can be used by inexperienced operators to find leaks

    In 2006 the Calgary Water Authority in Canada engaged a British consultancy firm called “Hydrosave” to assist them reduce their leakage from 12% of all water supplied and ILI ratings of 4 – 8 between the different DMAs. The temperature in Calgary gets down to -40 degrees Celcius in the winter and the water board’s staff are fully occupied in winter, however in summer ...


    By Gutermann AG

  • Fixed Versus Portable Gas Detection – Which Is Better?

    Did you know that workers are needlessly injured every year as a result of leaking toxic or combustible substances? Such incidents are known to involve a wide range of hazardous gases (including ammonia, carbon monoxide, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, hydrocarbon vapors and so on). The sad reality is that most of these accidents are avoidable if only the workplace is adequately monitored. This leads ...

  • Chlorine Safety and Prevention: How to Protect Yourself from Chlorine Leaks

    While chlorine gas is widely used in swimming pools, water treatment facilities, cleaning products, pharmaceutical products, and in many other industries, the gas is highly toxic when handled improperly. Training your workers on how to safely use chlorine is one part of health and safety best practices; monitoring your workplace for chlorine leaks is another. Learn about the hidden dangers in ...

  • Why a CO2 monitor may be needed? Where carbon dioxide leaks occur

    Do you work with carbon dioxide (or CO2) in your industry? If so, then you may need a carbon dioxide monitor to check for gas leaks that could pose a hazard to your workplace safety. Learn common scenarios where carbon dioxide can leak and see how a CO2 detector can minimize your risk.  Industries Where CO2 Monitors Can Make a ...

  • Detecting Gases: What You Can`t Smell Can Hurt You

    Walking through a drill-site area, a worker smells rotten eggs and stops tor a minute or two to assess where a gas leak might exist. Rubbing his itchv eves as he investigates further, he notices that he no longer smells the tell¬tale hydrogen sulphide odour. He does not realize that the gas has deadened his olfactory senses and unless he leaves the area within seconds, he could lose ...

  • Ping-Ping, What’s That Sound? Acoustic Fiber Optic Technology Helps Identify Problematic Water Mains

    With the deteriorating state of many aging water mains found in cities across North America, urbanites are frequently witnessing unexpected plumes of water erupt as man-made geysers in their own metropolitan backyards. While natural geysers are awe inspiring, urban geysers are much less so, due to their destruction to property, roads and the environment. Because an uninterrupted water flow is the ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Electrical Method

    Vertical Electrical Soundings - Designed and performed vertical electrical soundings (VES) for proposed landfilling sites, utilizing an electrical resistivity system to determine depth to the water table. ADEQ project. Electrical Resistance Tomography - Participated in the Leak Detection Monitoring and Mitigation (LDMM) Project that utilized Electrical Resistance Tomography (ERT) developed by ...


    By ECA Geophysics

  • Case study - Successful trunk main correlations in Australia, the land of long pipes

    The Aquasscan TM Successfully locates leaks at distances over 1KM in Sydney. The Gutermann Aquascan TM (Trunk Main) correlator provided a series of high performance correlations in trials performed in Sydney, Australia.  Sydney Water provided a 1.2 KM of 600mm OD Steel trunk main for a series of tests to be performed to evaluate the performance.  The testing was administered ...


    By Gutermann AG

  • Active leakage control in low pressures - It can be done!

    Leakage and PressureWater when leaving the pipe creates an ‘energy’ and it is this energy that is transferred through the water and the pipe wall by the means of acoustic sound. This acoustic sound depending on the material of the pipe work either dissipates over a long distance or is absorbed very quickly into the pipe wall. The effect being that for metallic or hard walled pipes the sound ...


  • PureAire Universal Gas Detector Offers Protection Against Toxic Levels of Ammonia

    In March of 2016, an ammonia gas leak at a seafood processing plant in Boston left one worker dead. The fumes at the plant were so powerful that firefighters could not promptly enter the scene to mitigate the gas leak and try to save the staff member until much later. Reports show that 5,300 pounds of ammonia gas leaked out of the plant. If you work with ammonia at your facility, learn ...

  • Case study - Trinity River Authority verifies condition of C303 Pipeline

    Service: Assess and Address Client: Trinity River Authority of Texas Project Date: November 2012 - ongoing Location: Trinity River, TX Type of Pipeline: Water Transmission Main Diameter: 30-inch (750mm) and 54-inch (1350mm) Pipe Material: ...


    By Pure Technologies

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