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What’s Beneath Your Street?

Over 2,100 water mains break each and every day, costing billions in emergency repairs and wasted clean water and electricity. These breaks cause sinkholes, close schools and businesses and force thousands to boil their tap water.  Current technologies do not economically provide pipe condition information of the scale, scope and quality needed for widespread proactive asset management. This leaves a buried pipe information gap covering over a million km of mains that are near or past their original design lives.

What if Finding Out Was as Simple as Texting?

Iconac's experimental Tonal Pipe AssessmentTM (TPA) technology will simplify water main inspection by using audible frequency sound to assess wall thickness, stiffness, leaks location, tuberculation, and remaining service life without any service disruption or excavation.

TPA’s AI driven analysis engine properly implements higher order physical effects not captured by commonly used water-hammer, ultrasonic waveguide, inverse transient and time-of-flight cross-correlation techniques.  This enables inspection of both flexible and rigid pipes of all standard distribution main sizes with consistent accuracy from site to site including identifying localized areas of concern within pipe segments as small as 15 meters.

With sensors much more sensitive than traditional correlators, loggers and listening sticks,  TPA will reveal leaks too small to be picked-up by standard acoustic systems. Unlike many existing systems, TPA will be capable of generating results in near-real time.   TPA's design philosophy is a unit compact and simple enough to be used by existing leak detection teams with minimal training.

Company Profile

ICONAC is participating in the Midwest Energy Research Consortium’s WERCBench technology commercialization program. Previously, ICONAC completed the Water Council’s BREW incubator and the YEDI Accelerator at York University. Following successful testing at the Global Water Center’s Flow Lab, TPA has recently transitioned into full-scale field trials.

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