Spoiler alert: problem solved.
Last month, Inuktun’s lead engineer Richelle Eck and Inuktun Europe’s Russell Fraser travelled to Italy with a Versatrax 150 Vertical Crawler™, a Versatrax Vertical Crawler, a VT150 parallel, and a NanoMag to perform a demo for Enel, Italy’s public utility company.
Enel provides power through several applications, including nuclear, hydro and geothermal generation.
The first job at a site chosen by Enel was to access an overflow pipe; this was initially attempted using the VT 150 Vertical Crawler. Later, the VT150 parallel with a Spectrum 90™ camera was deployed. It successfully negotiated a series of bends, while inspecting several joints and points of concern in the pipe.
A serious buckle in the pipe was discovered, and the team retrieved the crawler without incident.
The second job required deploying the VT150 parallel 250 feet into a flat bottomed tunnel, where once again it successfully inspected a series of cracks and defects in the pipe.
Enel representatives reported their satisfaction with the demo, and discussed several other applications Inuktun crawlers may be well positioned to assist with — including using laser profiling, sonar, and UT.
As they say in the movies, to be continued…
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