Improving Construction and Maintenance Efficiency and Reducing Costs

GTI associates, with funding from OTD, are collaborating closely with colleagues at SENSIT Technologies to bring new hardware that reduces O&M costs to market. The handheld acoustic-based pipe locator, named the Ultra-Trac® APL, is used to detect and locate both metallic and nonmetallic buried gas and sewer pipes prior to excavations and construction to reduce potential damage and the resulting incidents that can cause customer outages. The Ultra-Trac® MJL (metallic joint locator) provides an easy way to locate cast-iron joints, chill rings in welded steel pipe, metallic tapping tees, metallic flanges, and metal repair clamps. The handheld Sensit PMD (portable methane detector) uses optical technology to improve the efficiency of walking leak surveys and can detect a few ppm to 100% methane.

GTI is offering a workshop that provides data on coating performance from a $4 million, 9-year research project to establish an unbiased basis for owners and operators to make informed decisions in selecting the most effective field-applied coating systems. Brent Griffin, Coatings Engineer, Chevron Energy Technology Company, noted "…I believe there is tremendous value in the vast data acquired. I believe this information and testing has proven to be highly valuable in providing clear and concise material performance information, and shall be instituted immediately on our projects, and in our specifications."

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