Inuktun Sighting #82: Remote Inspection Equipment in a Remote Place

ALASKA —

Helicopter Deployment of Versatrax 150™
Chugach Electric Association's electricity supply; image courtesy of Chugach Electric Association

Chugach Electric Association's electricity supply; image courtesy of Chugach Electric Association

When we talk about Remote Visual Inspection (RVI), the “remote” part normally describes how our Multi-Mission Modular (IM3) technology is used in hazardous environments, confined spaces and other areas where people can’t or don’t want to go. But, when our Versatrax 150™ (VT150) pipe inspection system was recently helicoptered into a valley in the Chugach mountains near Anchorage, Alaska, “remote access” took on extra meaning. Today’s #InuktunInTheWild sighting is courtesy of Chugach Electric Association, Inc., an electric cooperative created in 1948 powering Alaska’s future.

Chugach contacted Inuktun InCommand Robotics, our Houston-based office, for the rental of a pipe inspection crawler to assess the condition of a 30-inch (76 centimetre) diameter siphon line more than 1,200 feet (365 metres) long. With concern over the traction inside the smooth walls of the HDPE pipe, the parallel Versatrax 150™ was selected with low durometer tracks to ensure the inspection could be reliably carried out. According to the operator, the VT150 performed well overcoming the one inch lip at the joint of each fusion weld within the pipeline. The team at Chugach were able to assess defects found around the 1,200-foot mark, marking another successful deployment of Inuktun’s pipe inspection technology.

 The Versatrax 150™ is known as Inuktun’s robust workhorse, powering through some of the most uninviting environments to provide the critical data that operators and owners need to evaluate the condition of their assets. Contact our team to learn how our IM3 technology can provide the remote inspection and sensing information you need today.