The method of open cut trench excavation has been the most common, conventional method for sewer lateral replacement or repair. This method consists of excavating a trench for manually installing every piece of pipe. This kind of sewer work is applicable to heavy root blockages, severely broken pipes, and collapsed pipes.
On average, the open trench method is costlier than trenchless sewer repair since it needs more restoration, excavation, and time to complete. Plus, open trench excavation may require the removal of street and sidewalk pavement access, which also increases the repair cost. In spite of the expenses that come with open trench excavation, there are examples where it’s the only option over trenchless sewer repair. Below, we shed light on some of the reasons why a company may have to open trench at a specific location.
When Open Trench Excavation Becomes a Necessity?
This method is used for one of the following reasons:
It’s Impossible to Pull Through a New Sewer Pipe:
This reason for open trench excavation is mainly about the mechanics in performing trenchless sewer work. In a few instances, the fastening materials around the joints of an already-present sewer line are too strong and thick – or the coupling sleeves wouldn’t break during ‘pipe pulling.’ As the couplings become trapped, the pressure pushes the couplings down the line, which stacks them up. The pulling ram begins to stall as the equipment becomes stressed by the increased tension. In extreme circumstances, fixed surfaces like concrete get broken, lifted, or even stalled below ground. Due to this reason, pulling a new pipe through becomes impossible, and the area around it needs to be manually dug up.
To Guarantee Safety in Areas Surrounded by Dangerous Utilities:
Often, the work is done in regions where there are a lot of utilities adjacent to the sewer. These utilities can consist of electric, water, fibre, and gas lines. Since the overall nature of these areas is dangerous, open trench excavation is advisable as compared to trenchless sewer repair. To ensure that no severe accidents occur underground, companies will usually dig those areas to expose the pipes.
Design and Engineering:
Finally, the design and engineering of the sewer line are what may push companies towards open trench excavation. For instance, a company may witness a pipe with a sewer line belly after it breaks to the ground to repair a particular line. In the case of sewer line bellies, open trench excavation is almost always required. During this process, the existing sewer line is removed, it’s dug a bit deeper, and the aggregate base is laid that supports the pipe for the appropriate slope and line flow.
What Should You Do in Case an Open Trench Excavation Is Required?
A qualified engineer will always be aware of when an open trench solution is the best choice for your property. They’ll be able to describe to you the ‘whys’ of it in detail and what changes you should expect. Scanprobe have been supplying CCTV drain camera systems to professionals in the drainage industry for over 30 years, and our camera systems have been developed with their feedback. So you can trust a Scanprobe drain camera to be up to the task of helping you to determine the best form of repair action. Plus, we’re the leading providers of WinCan VX drain camera, visit our website to browse our offerings!
When WinCan first released a software package into the sewer inspection industry in 1990, they were able to boast that they “created this market“. 30 years and over 8,500 installs later, WinCan sits proudly at the top of the drain inspection survey market, and has been a popular feature on Scanprobe’s flagship pipeline inspection camera, the Maxprobe, ever since it was released back in 2015. And at Scanprobe we’re not ones to rest on our laurels when we’ve got a good thing; we strive to develop the next big thing…
As readers of our blog will have seen, a mere 3 years later and we have released our company’s and the industry’s first ever mobile app to connect up to a drainage camera, mina Survey. Released in September 2018, it was initially only available to iOS device users, until February 2020 when a much enhanced mina Survey was released onto the Android platform. So our loyal legion of customers who weren’t on Apple were now able to take advantage of this new technology. But this blog post is meant to be about WinCan, so why are we talking about mina?
Because the mina Survey app allows WinCan survey users to deliver a WinCan report directly from the control box, to the mobile device, and then to their customers or colleagues in minutes, at no cost. Whilst the PC software requires a paid subscription, if you create a WinCan report on a Maxprobe camera system, you can get a fully formatted PDF report, (with photos, diagrams, digital drawings and survey information) in a matter of minutes, all through the free mobile app. The feature has proven hugely popular since it was released, because, well, it saves both money AND time.
With WinCan being the industry standard, it made a lot of sense to enable mina to support their reporting function. A lot of our customers that use WinCan tend to have a support team back in the office to read, format and deliver the results of a pipeline survey to the end customer, and this process from survey to office to customer causes delays. Thanks to WinCan and mina Survey working together, this delay can be minutes, rather than days.Vernon Pain, UK Sales Manager
How to make use of WinCan with mina is very simple, all you need to do is follow these steps:
- Download mina from the App Store or Google Play Store.
- Perform your WinCan survey.
- Enable your mobile device’s Personal Hotspot.
- Connect to your device via the WiFi screen on the Maxprobe.
- Finalise your WinCan report.
- Open the mobile app.
- Click “View and share Inspection System reports”.
- Click “Request report”
- Follow the instructions on the screen.
- When the report has been received, press “More” to rename and view it, or “Share” to, well, share it!
This means you can supply a WinCan survey to your customer whilst still on site, without needing to format all of your data into report or pay for any additional software packages. All because you chose to purchase a Maxprobe push-rod camera system from Scanprobe, and unleashed the power of mina Survey.
You don’t have to be a scientist to get to appreciate the reason that CCTV has become a driving force in the realm of pipeline inspection. Robotics combined with advanced camera tech (like WinCan drain camera) is quite an innovative solution when it comes to inspecting pipelines.
Why CCTV pipeline inspection is trending?
Traditionally, a lot of guesswork was involved when it came to inspecting pipelines. However, with the advent of CCTV, examining pipelines, sewers, and drains is now quicker, affordable, and more accurate without disturbing the infrastructure. The approach offers a lot of benefits and is totally non-destructive. In a large number of industries today, CCTV pipeline inspection become a leading choice for carrying out pipeline inspection.
When pipe issues like corrosion, depreciation, foreign objects blockage, roots invasion, and sediment build-up occur in municipalities, CCTV can be used to conduct sewage and drain lines inspection. This tech can also be used by property developers to determine the status of drains and pipelines before investing in the property. In addition, oil firms can use remotely-operated CCTV cameras by mounting them on robotic crawlers to investigate very important pipelines and see if contamination or damage has occurred so that safety measures can be implemented.
CCTV pipeline inspection utilises easy-to-use software along with various durable instruments that can be used to capture top-quality videos and images. The software is loaded with a ton of features that ensures safety, offer protection for assets, and enhances productivity. All that’s required is a CCTV camera to be a connection with a computer. The camera sends images and data in real-time while storing the information that is collected for reference purposes, and an operator picks all of these. These visual inspection equipment are available in a variety of configurations. Plus, their capabilities are widespread that can match the demands of different environments like mainline sewers, tubes, condensers, turbines, engines, and pipes.
The CCTV pipeline inspection is also preferred due to its cost-effective nature. Some other reasons why people choose this cutting-edge technology are:
- No need for time-consuming excavation.
- It’s easier to proffer solutions and locate problems quickly, which assists in lowering costs while improving productivity.
- Preventive repairs can easily be implemented by using the data transmitted by the camera.
- Minor faults can easily be detected and sorted so that they don’t turn into major problems.
- CCTV pipeline inspection makes the first time identification of problems quite precise; this assists in circumventing all the costs that would’ve incurred as a result of the inaccurate diagnosis.
- The use of technology during the inspection is an absolutely non-destructive approach.
- Precision and speed are definitely a benefit.
- It is easier to pinpoint the exact location where the problem has occurred.
- The system is not difficult to operate and is totally user-friendly.
- A fully-integrated software, when integrated into the inspection process, assists in faster decision-making with the use of readily available real-time results.
- CCTV pipe inspection causes no harm to the environment and is totally environmentally-friendly.
The reasons highlighted above for the extensive use of CCTV in conducting a visual inspection in various industries clearly demonstrate that this cutting-edge technology is here to stay.
Scanprobe is a family run business since 1985, specialising in the manufacture, assembly, and design of CCTV pipeline inspection systems. Get in touch to learn more about our CCTV inspection services, WinCan VX, and WinCan drain camera.
WinCan turns your data into decisions
WinCan VX transforms how you make decisions based on the rich data that inspection technologies of today capture. Imagine an integrated, single application offering you the power to manage your assets and resources in real-time.
Analyze: To understand maintenance needs, it runs queries on any combination of criteria. You can get results in the form of raw data, on a map, or in reports.
Budget: Manages inspection workflow, anticipates maintenance, makes budgetary projections, and allocation resources based on infrastructure condition.
Comply: Collects standards-compliant data for export, reporting, and analysis. WinCan supports over 50 defect catalogs, including WRc and MACP/PACP.
Decide: Extracts the actionable intelligence you need to make critical maintenance decisions.
Integrate: Interfaces with every major GIS platform and municipal databases, and connects with any inspection equipment.
Report: Uses schematic illustrations, photos, and filtered data to generate information-rich reports.
Share: Securely publishes completed inspections to the clouds, where clients can use a web browser to view them instantly.
WinCan is cloud-based and offers secure global success
New WinCan Web keeps your inspection data current, accessible, and secure on the cloud. How does this benefit you? Here’s how:
- Access: Authorized parties can access the most recent inspection data instantly using any device with a web browser.
- Competitive: To lower operating costs, large firms can offload IT functions, with small contractors delivering results with previously unavailable quality and speed.
- Scalability: Subscribers just pay for the storage they require and may increase that storage anytime.
- Security: Administrators may precisely control who accesses what information. To protect against data loss, the data center of WinCan provides the necessary hardware redundancy.
- Workflow: Supervisors may automate the assignment of inspection tasks, along with how inspection results are shared and compiled in real-time.
WinCan is designed to be scalable, to be able to grow with you
WinCan VX allows you to invest in the functionality you need today, and then add capabilities and bandwidth as future needs arise.
- Modules: These extensions to the core application allow you to add particular capabilities as needs arise.
- Subscriptions: With a subscription, you can license WinCan for a flat annual fee while gaining access to training, support, cloud storage, and every software update.
- Value bundles: These famous combinations of add-on modules and core functionality provide savings over individually bought components.
WinCan is innovative, offering you the advanced capability
WinCan is supported by the largest user base of the market, investing in the R&D necessary to offer innovation ahead of the competition. So whether it’s new analytical tools, new ways to inspect, or new support for downstream processes like rehab and cleaning, you can trust WinCan VX to lead the market.
- 3D: The 3D visualization technology of 3D allows you to build a virtual model of your infrastructure based on measurements collected during inspection.
- Competitive: The GIS implementation of WinCan VX makes it easy to manage infrastructure using maps as the front end. To create entire WinCan projects with pre-populated section data, just click and drag on a map.
- Scanning: The ScanExplorer module allows you to navigate and interpret data from the laser and side-scan inspections via its four-synchronized views.
WinCan allows you to collaborate, providing you with optimum teamwork
Teamwork and process – both are imperative for managing your wastewater collection network effectively, from cleaning and inspection to replacement, rehab, and maintenance. WinCan VX implement best practices of the industry, seamlessly coordinating your workflows and personnel. With WinCan Web instantly sharing inspection results, your decisions are always based on the most current, complete data.
What’s the wait now? Contact Scanprobe and get your WinCan drain camera instantly!