IM3™ Technology for Detecting Pipeline Defects

We received some great questions about our IM3™ technology in a recent webinar, and we look forward to answering them over the coming weeks. In this week’s blog, we address some of the typical defects that can be found inside pipelines. Thanks for the question, Chevron!

It’s inevitable – even the best designed and maintained pipeline can have problems as it approaches the end of its intended design life. Being aware of possible defects and being able to assess their impact on the structural integrity of a pipeline is critical for operators. Eddyfi Technologies’ Inuktun robotic inspection crawler and remotely operated camera systems are the trusted high technology solution for helping pipeline owners assess the condition of their lines as part of their risk and integrity management operations.

Our Versatrax™ pipe inspection crawlers can access pipes as small as 50 millimetres (or 2 inches). Built on the Multi-Mission Modular (IM3™) approach, a configuration option of the Versatrax 100™ crawler allows for the external inspection of pipelines. Typical defects found include pitting, dents, microbial induced corrosion (MIC), stress-corrosion cracking (SCC), weld defects and fatigue. Early detection of these defects allows operators to prioritize repairs and maintenance and extend the onshore or offshore pipeline’s fitness for purpose. While remote visual inspection (RVI) is one of the most common ways to detect pipeline defects and evaluate pipeline integrity, ultrasonic testing (UT) is readily available as a configuration option of the Versatrax 100™ inspection robotic crawler for determining metal loss due to corrosion and the remaining strength of corroded pipes. And, with Inuktun’s recent acquisition by Eddyfi Technologies, advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection possibilities ensure that operators collect repeatable, actionable, meaningful and preventative data results they can trust.

To learn more about our pipe inspection robotic crawler and camera systems, contact our friendly and knowledgeable experts today!