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.
If you’re experiencing sewer problems, you know the inconvenience that issues like these can cause. Drain failures or clogs can’t just be irritating but can be expensive to fix. Inspecting the internal surface of your plumbing pipes assists you in seeing exactly what type of damage is causing you sewer problems, also allowing you to locate exactly where the damage is to facilitate the repair process.
Here are three tips that you should take into consideration when searching for a drain camera for rent in England to make sure you invest in a diagnostic tool that meets your needs.
Tip 1: Look for a camera that can span the length of your pipes
Before renting a sewer camera from your local hardware store, finding out how long your main drainage pipe is can be quite helpful. This pipe connects the plumbing system of your home to the municipal sewer system.
You can consult the original building plans of your home to find out how long the main drainage pipe is. Then, you can use this information to rent a sewer camera with a feedline that’s long enough to run the length of the pipe. This makes sure that you’ll be able to inspect the whole pipe thoroughly to check for damage that could be contributing to the sewer problems of your home.
Tip 2: Look for a camera that has a self-levelling feature
When you’re using a sewer camera to inspect the interior surface of your plumbing pipes, it can be difficult to determine exactly what you’re looking at. When the images produced by the camera are askew or upside down, it can be almost impossible to identify damaged areas.
By investing in a proper sewer camera, which has the ability to level itself, you can ensure that all the images acquired from this camera are upright. This feature further enables you to inspect your plumbing pipes more easily for serious damage.
Tip 3: Look for a camera with a video-out connection
If you’re finding it difficult to identify whether or not your plumbing pipes have sustained damage, it can be helpful to have a professional plumber evaluate the footage that your sewer camera outputs. When renting a camera with a video-out connection, you can record the images that your camera captures onto a different video device.
This enables you to retain a record of the findings of the camera, and it also allows you to get the expert opinion of a plumber without having to pay for the plumber to conduct a different session with a sewer camera.
If you’re able to rent the right sewer camera, it would significantly assist you in fully leveraging the diagnostic tools. So, look for a camera with self-levelling abilities, a camera that can span the length of your main drain pipe, and a camera with a video-out connection to assist you in identifying sewer damage in the future.
If you’re looking for a CCTV drain camera in England, let Scanprobe know. Plus, we also offer a Mina survey in England. Please explore our website to know more or call us at +44 (0)203 253 2001 to get your queries answered instantly.
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!
From the moment there was a Maxprobe, there was WinCan’s pipeline inspection software embedded into it. Paired with their office-based software suite, drainage professionals could use the Maxprobe push-rod camera system with WinCan embedded to compile the intricate details of their pipeline survey into a clear and concise WinCan report so to summarise their findings. The industry was very happy with how the WinCan software solution slotted into the industry, but standing still is dangerous…
So now it is 2019, and technology continues to evolve, and WinCan’s involvement with the Maxprobe range has continued to evolve with it, as Scanprobe introduce our latest innovation – the ability to create a full WinCan pipeline inspection report directly from the Maxprobe control box, and then to share it to your mobile device and from there to the customer! The days of being tied to your desktop computer are no more, and neither are the delays to your customer whilst you compile the data and format your report, the Maxprobe control box does all of this for you at the click of a button. Better yet, all of this great functionality is included as standard in all new Maxprobe units – NO SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED!
This latest update to the Maxprobe doesn’t stop there, as, using the mina survey free mobile app, the user is also able to create their own detailed survey map with industry standard icons, on top of a Google Maps overlay and then import this into their WinCan survey report. Once you have imported your drawing in a matter of minutes, you can send your detailed WinCan software report directly to your iPhone or iPad to then share with your customer or colleagues via any file sharing application you have installed on your device. Suddenly your WinCan report has even greater detail and provides a deeper level of understanding to all stakeholders in the pipeline inspection project, from the end customer to the surveyor, all the way to the contractor.
So to summarise:
– FREE full WinCan reports
– FREE app
Standing still is dangerous, so we’re making sure our feet barely touch the ground!
Initially released in October 2018 at the No Dig Live trade exhibition, mina was showcasing it’s built-in pipeline inspection survey drawing package but hinted at a greater level of connectivity. That greater level is here, as with this latest update mina now boasts the ability to connect your Apple iPhone or iPad to your Maxprobe (UK, RSA & Europe) or Explorer (USA) wirelessly. And with this comes a brand new way to interact with your customers…
A wireless connection between the Maxprobe/Explorer has opened the doorway to streaming live video from your pipeline inspection system to your Apple mobile device, simply through the mina app, as well as enabling the user to send full WinCan or mina survey reports to the same device, to then share by whatever means the device has. This could be anything from a simple email client, WhatsApp, Dropbox or GoogleDrive – any form of file transfer application, as well as the built-in services on Apple mobile devices. This latest development of mina has removed the long delays usually incurred when waiting for the survey file to be delivered back to the office, processed into a readable format and then delivered to the end customer, a process which could take days and also involves the cost of the PC software. With mina, the pipeline inspection engineer can complete this entire process on site in a matter of minutes, delivering a full WinCan or mina survey report to the customer, being able to explain any details face-to-face and closing off the job there and then. And this is a completely free app! As if this wasn’t enough, mina’s live streaming functionality enables the pipeline inspection engineer the opportunity to show their end customer a live image from inside their pipework without having to take them out to the manhole itself. For the customers who are not aware of how the pipework system works, this feature removes any confusion about exactly what the problem(s) are, or gives a visual confirmation that any problems have been corrected, all from the comfort of an iPhone or iPad screen.
This is not the only customer-friendly feature of mina, as the built-in drawing package also serves to help everyone involved, both customers and colleagues, to understand the complexity of the pipeline inspection survey which has been undertaken. After all, more often than not the pipelines are not in clear view, so to be able to provide a clear digital survey drawing on site in a matter of minutes will only serve to put your customer’s minds at ease. Better still, connecting your Apple device to your Maxprobe via the FREE mina app enables you to integrate your drawing into your WinCan or mina survey report, adding additional clarity seamlessly!
So why not download your free copy of mina today from the App Store and add extra detail and value to your survey!
Before you ask, no, Maxprobe Print is not an ‘inappropriate joke generator’, but it is still very much “un-PC”, and is the latest development fresh out of Scanprobe Techniques for 2019 designed to save customers both time and money. Sounds too good to be true right?
Just as with the TrapJumper and our mobile application mina Survey, Maxprobe Print has been developed with the end user in mind, and looks to make their job that little bit easier. After all, it’s 2019 and we, the human race, are just as impatient as we were last year, if not more so. The news of the likes of Amazon using drones to deliver products same day has only served to heighten the consumers delivery expectations, as soon as we know we want it, we want it there and then. So why in this day of streaming TV shows and films to your mobile phone, and even taking & making phone calls on your watch, should you have to wait for a engineer to take their pipeline survey away on a USB key back to the office, for someone at a computer to process the survey amongst the rest of their workload, and then send it back to the customer? Maxprobe Print is the answer.
Once the engineer has completed their survey, using their Maxprobe Print enabled Maxprobe they can choose whether to send the survey report to their mobile device as a PDF and then share however they please to their customer or colleagues. This can be via any sharing application that, in this example, the engineer has on their mobile device, so this could be WhatsApp, Dropbox, Google Drive, or simply their email application or send to a wireless printer. From here to their customer or colleagues in a matter of minutes, Maxprobe Print cuts out the middle man and speeds up the entire process, whilst also making storage of their report even easier and less likely to live on the customer’s kitchen table or in a stuffy filing cabinet.
Empowering the engineer to deliver the pipeline inspection survey to the customer whilst still on site is just one of the benefits of Maxprobe Print, as we haven’t mentioned the survey reporting packages on the Maxprobe. Seasoned Maxprobe users will know that the WinCan survey reporting platform has been embedded into the system since 2015, but still requiring the user to purchase the office software from WinCan in order to process the WinCan survey before distributing. What the development of Maxprobe Print delivers is the ability to create a full WinCan report without the need for a PC or any additional software, not only saving time as mentioned above, but also saving money too. But for those who currently enjoy the WinCan embedded experience using their PC, fear not, as this function is still very much a feature of the Maxprobe range.
How Maxprobe Print works is also incredibly simple and helpful for the engineer, as should they choose to send the report back to their mobile device before sending to their customer, the report is stored within the mina app. Using the survey map drawing function (did we mention this is also free?) within the mina app adds even more value to your packaged up report, as once you have generated a quick but detailed survey map, you can send this drawing to the Maxprobe, and Maxprobe Print will package it up with your survey report before sending this to your mobile device. Your WinCan or mina report will now have your drawing embedded within it, and coupled with your detailed report it will near on eliminate any confusion about the survey that has been completed.
We said Maxprobe Print has been developed to save customers both time and money, and we weren’t lying!