New Pipe Locating Technology Aims To Prevent Unnecessary Excavations And Third-Party Damage

April 2011 Vol. 238 No. 4

A new technology with the promise to provide accurate location data about buried pipe has been licensed to Sensit Technologies.

Sensit expects this technology, developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI), to save the industry millions of dollars by helping to reduce the potential for damage to buried pipes and the resulting incidents that can create customer outages.

The handheld technology has been demonstrated to detect and locate small-diameter plastic pipes to depths of up to five feet and has been tested for the most common ground conditions, including concrete, tar, grass, and dirt. The buried pipe can be detected in most soil conditions.

Says Ron Snedic, Operations Technology Development President, “We are very pleased with the selection of Sensit Technologies to bring this technology to market. Sensit has a strong history of introducing valuable new technologies and they’re focused on positively impacting utilities’ bottom lines.”

“This is an important milestone in a critical project that has been supported by OTD members since 2003. We greatly appreciate our members’ perseverance in developing this technology that addresses one of the top industry priorities.”

Notes Scott Kleppe, President and COO, Sensit Technologies, “For over 30 years, we have been committed to providing our customers with innovative solutions to avoid hazardous gas leaks and helping gas company personnel work more effectively and efficiently. Precise detection and location of buried pipe and facilities from above ground—for preventing unnecessary excavations and third-party damage—will help the industry to reduce costs and boost productivity.”

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