New Castle County utilizes SL-RAT technology to proactively clean before sanitary sewer overflows occur

New Castle County (DE) was featured in the Delaware Public Media for reducing sanitary sewer overflows by 67% since 2005. Officials attribute their success to utilizing acoustic inspection to identify problematic areas and cleaning them before overflows happen. “The cost of doing proactive cleaning is much less than the cost of cleaning up an overflow.”- Rob Roff, Operations Service Manager

Read full article in Delaware Public Media here.

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Walt Woodard brings 30 years of experience to InfoSense as Global Sales Director

InfoSense is pleased to announce that Walt Woodard has joined the company as the Global Sales Director. Walt has over 30 years of sales, management and business development experience in a variety of capital intensive industries. He has an MBA and a BS in Chemistry from Georgia Southern University. InfoSense CEO Alex Churchill said, “We are excited to bring Walt on board. His background and experience will help us accelerate the adoption of the SL-RAT® globally.”

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Taupo District Council (New Zealand) expanding sewer inspection program with SL-RAT

The SL-RAT (Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool) is helping the Taupo District in New Zealand get a better understanding of pipe blockage conditions before allocating cleaning resources. The acoustic testing is helping the city to prevent sewer overflows before they happen. The SL-RAT is being used to discover and map out the trouble spots in the Taupo district according to Michael Cordell, the Water and Waste Asset Manager.

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SL-RAT helps City of Columbia (SC) achieve record low sewer spills

The SL-RAT (Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool) was featured in a local news report for Columbia, SC  as an innovative tool the city is using to reduce sewer overflows. The Congaree Riverkeeper announced that such steps to improve the city’s maintenance program has allowed for vast improvements to river conditions – recording the lowest total volume of sewer spills in five years.

See short video here.

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SL-RAT featured as one of the “Best Money-Makers of 2017”

Cleaner Magazine included the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (SL-RAT) on their list of “The Best Money-Makers of 2017” – citing this acoustic inspection technology as one of the top tools that contractors relied on to keep their companies profitable.

“The SL-RAT provides a rapid assessment of pipe flow. Think of it as a pre-screening tool you can use before doing a conventional sewer cleaning and CCTV inspection. It can help prioritize the need to do expensive camera inspections.”

Read more here.

 

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Town of Uxbridge Implements SL-RAT to Focus Maintenance Program

Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine’s article highlights how the town of Uxbridge, MA is efficiently managing their 40-mile wastewater collections system with only a crew of six, by incorporating the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (SL-RAT). Since initiating the SL-RAT acoustic inspection program in the summer of 2015, the Uxbridge Department of Public Works has screened over 25% of it’s collections systems, proficiently focusing cleaning and CCTV resources to the 5-10% of pipes that have significant problems. No sanitary sewer overflows have occurred since the acoustic inspection program was implemented.

“The [SL-RAT] is used as a first-line blockage screening tool to help the town avoid wasting effort cleaning clean pipe. “It is amazing how quickly it gives you good information at very low cost,” Legg says. Uxbridge crews the equipment with two people who frequently inspect 10,000 or more feet per day.”

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InfoSense – One of Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Charlotte Three Years in a Row

The Charlotte Business Journal unveiled that InfoSense, Inc. is a 2017 Fast 50 Awards winner, making InfoSense a three-time recipient of this honor given to the 50 fastest-growing private companies in the Charlotte region.

The Fast 50 winners were selected and ranked by average revenue growth over a three year period (2014 to 2016). To qualify, companies had to have at least $1 million in revenue in 2016 and be based in the Charlotte area. The numbers were analyzed and verified by CliftonLarsonAllen, a Fast 50 title sponsor.  Read More …

 

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City of Bellevue Inspects 90 Miles of Sewer Pipes with Acoustic Technology

With the help of acoustic inspection technology, the City of Bellevue, Nebraska, was able to inspect nearly 90 miles of sewer pipes and they are using the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tools (SL-RAT) blockage assessment results to prioritize/plan their future maintenance.

Read more here – Bellevue Leader

 

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InfoSense Approved eVA Vendor

InfoSense is now an approved vendor through eVA Procurement Portal for all customers in VA.

eVA – Virginia’s eProcurement Portal https://vendor.epro.cgipdc.com/webapp/VSSAPPX/Advantage

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SL-RAT Acoustic Inspection Standard Released by ASTM

The American Society for Testing Materials or ASTM has recently released a new standard based on InfoSense’s Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool or SL-RAT® technology for inspecting gravity sewers.  The ASTM standard F3220-17, titled “Standard Practice for Prioritizing Sewer Pipe Cleaning Operations by Using Transmissive Acoustic Inspection”, provides a new basis for municipal collection system operators, consulting engineers, and their associated contractors to work from when developing specifications for sewer cleaning and maintenance programs.

From the Significance & Uses Section of the ASTM standard F3220-17 – “Standard Practice for Prioritizing Sewer Pipe Cleaning Operations by Using Transmissive Acoustic Inspection” (Reproduced from the Public Information located at https://www.astm.org/Standards/F3220.htm)

4.1 Significance: 

4.1.1 Collection system maintenance requires allocating cleaning resources to the right place prior to system failure (sanitary sewer overflows, mainline blockages, and building backups). Transmissive acoustic inspection provides a tool to assist in allocating cleaning resources by prioritizing pipe segments based on their blockage assessment and thereby facilitating efficient cleaning resource allocation.

4.1.2 This standard practice provides minimum requirements and suggested practices regarding the transmissive acoustic inspection of gravity-fed sewer line blockage assessment to meet the needs of maintenance personnel, engineers, contractors, authorities, regulatory agencies, and financing institutions.

More information on the standard can be found in the link below:

https://www.astm.org/Standards/F3220.htm

 

About InfoSense

InfoSense manufactures the SL-RAT® in Charlotte, NC.  The SL-RAT has inspected over 75 million feet of municipal sewer pipe with over 180 utilities around the world – reducing sewer overflows and saving customers millions of dollars in avoided cleaning costs.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Alex Churchill at 877-747-3245 ext. 3 or email at achurchill@infosense.com.

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