New: Software with fully automated 3D pipe plan development
Kummert Inspektionssysteme plans to place innovative sewer assessment software on the market alongside applications already established for the development of 3D pipe plans for branching pipe and sewer systems. With a few mouse clicks and without manual data entry, can3D generates three-dimensional plans of pipe systems as easy as 1-2-3.
In connection with the base unit CamMobile Profi II and the CamFlex camera with turning capabilities, all functions available with the new software can3D are utilized in an ideal way, like e.g. the automatic measuring of pipe bends and branches. The interrelated system combines the advantages of all components involved, like the camera and software.
The most important prerequisite for developing a 3D pipe plan, in particular on branching pipe and sewer systems, is the camera’s ability to move into a branch. The CamFlex camera with turning capabilities manufactured by Kummert navigates branches of DN100 to DN200 without a problem. One special feature of this vermicular camera, which was developed specifically for the inspection of private sewerage systems, is its formability. This means the camera can bend itself by up to 90° thus being able to navigate nearly all branches and 90° bends. Another positive feature of the camera is its robustness. On one hand, the concave shape accounts for a more minor wear of the outer shell due to the camera’s minute contact surface. On the other hand, the high-tech materials used give the camera additional protection. The outer shell consists of the same highly abrasion-proof, aramid fiber reinforced synthetic material also used for manufacturing bulletproof vests. The second, inner protective shell consists of highly elastic special rubber, which will still shield the camera’s inner workings even if the outer shell is damaged.
In order to capture and display the exact pipe run of private sewerage systems, the software depends on specific data and measurements. The systems so far established in the market, which offer the 3D plan drawing functionality, obtain their data using expensive sensors in the camera head or by visually measuring the pipe. The visual measuring bears the disadvantage of the results being correct only if the camera is axially positioned in the pipe and looks straight forward. This, however, is virtually impossible with common push camera systems, unlike the CamFlex. A further insecurity of this method lies in the necessity of the user having to manually mark specific points to calculate the data. Inaccurate markings will result in miscalculations and, therefore, the incorrect display in the 3D plan. The disadvantage of using electronic sensors in the camera head becomes apparent in the imprecise measurements due to a high drift in the sensors. Furthermore, the highly sensitive electronics, as well as the high price speak against this system.
With their new software can3D, Kummert Inspektionssysteme cuts a completely different path in order to capture the necessary data for a 3D pipe plan. Only three kinds of information are needed to exactly measure a branch or a bend: the position (at hand by accepting the value of the meter count), the angle of the change of direction (the data will be obtained by precisely gauging the camera mechanics) and the inclination or declination of the pipe branching off (measurement is carried out via an electronic level built into the camera and an aiming device with reticule that allows an accurate focus on the branching pipe, similar to a sewer laser).
Three-dimensional graphs of data captured during an inspection are essential for surveying so far unknown private sewerage systems. The specialty of can3D is the ability to automatically draw a pipe plan based on the measurement results without the requirement to enter additional data. In order to orient oneself on the property, can3D enables the user to combine the three-dimensional pipe plan with a property site plan, which can be either a hand-drawn outline or the import of an existing plan. can3D facilitates the navigation of the captured surveys in a three-dimensional pipe network. Simply click on a point in any pipe and the corresponding video opens and moves to the position selected by you. Extensive report functions like two-dimensional sewer section graphics, three-dimensional property plans or various summarizations facilitate the subsequent documentation of the surveys. Export your data with can3D into all current formats. Burn surveys to disc and hand them over to your customer, incl. a license-free viewer software with 3D functionality.