How we mitigate the challenge of corrosion mapping in remote locations for the Water Utility industry

AT NDT Group we know that ensuring the integrity of infrastructure in the water utility industry is paramount. Corrosion, a persistent threat, can compromise the structural integrity of pipelines, tanks, and other crucial components. 

To address this challenge, corrosion mapping has emerged as a critical tool, enabling proactive maintenance and preventing costly failures. 

However, conducting corrosion mapping in remote locations presents unique obstacles. When you work in remote locations, you can be left wondering how to overcome challenges like a poor power supply. 

In this blog, we delve into how NDT Group tackles these challenges, using techniques such as water bowsers and power generators to ensure effective inspections even in the most inaccessible areas.

Corrosion mapping explained 

Corrosion mapping involves the systematic assessment of structures to identify areas of corrosion and determine their severity. 

Traditional methods often involve manual inspection, which can be time-consuming, labour-intensive, and prone to human error. 

However, with the advent of ultrasonic corrosion mapping, the process has become more efficient and accurate. By utilising high-frequency sound waves, ultrasonic probes can penetrate the material, providing detailed images of internal corrosion without the need for invasive measures. These probes are normally mounted on robotic crawlers that move along the surface of the structure automatically. The process is far more time-effective than manual inspection. 

Corrosion mapping serves as a highly effective method for inspecting assets to pinpoint areas of potential deterioration. Fast action to address these concerns not only prolongs the lifespan of a component but also leads to significant savings in long-term operational expenses.

Want to know more? NDT Group has years of experience of providing corrosion mapping services to the water utility industry. Contact us and we will be delighted to answer your questions. 

Challenges of remote locations 

One of the primary challenges of corrosion mapping in remote locations is the lack of infrastructure support. 

Unlike urban areas where access to power and water is readily available, remote sites often lack these essential resources. 

NDT Group addresses this issue by providing a portable power generator and water bowser as part of our corrosion mapping services. This ensures that inspections can be conducted even in the most secluded areas, without being hindered by logistical constraints.

Water bowser 

Towable water bowsers provide a readily accessible and reliable source of water wherever it is needed. Having a water bowser on site ensures that operations can continue smoothly without interruption due to water shortages. This can be particularly useful if specific areas need to be hydrated or cleaned before or after inspection. 

Power generator

A transportable power generator can be essential in remote locations, especially those without a power supply or as a backup in case of power shortages. Power generators can be used to power equipment used for inspection and for analysis. 

Conquering remote locations

Corrosion mapping in remote locations presents unique challenges for the water utility industry. 

However, through innovative approaches such as ultrasonic corrosion mapping, automated systems, and logistical support, NDT Group’s Innovation division is at the forefront of overcoming these obstacles. 

By providing portable infrastructure, using advanced technologies, and prioritising environmental responsibility, we enable you to effectively manage corrosion risks in even the most inaccessible areas. 

With our comprehensive corrosion mapping services, remote locations need no longer be a barrier to ensuring the integrity and reliability of critical infrastructure.

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