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Scanprobe Underlines Importance of WinCan Embedded Software In Development Strategy

Posted on: November 5th, 2015


With constantly increasing demand in the pipe-based utility industries for consistent and standardised reporting of pipeline inspection surveys it is no surprise that CCTV equipment manufacturers have long sought and worked closely with reporting software developers to obtain a survey reporting system that is effectively ‘universally’ recognised.wincan embedded

One such CCTV systems manufacturer is Scanprobe Techniques Ltd, based in Kenley, Surrey, UK. Specialising in the design, manufacture and assembly of CCTV inspection systems, this independent company was established in the UK in 1985 and is now under the leadership of Jon Barry who is carrying on the family tradition in the industry. In addition to the CCTV market Scanprobe also manufactures and resells the RENOLINE Drain Lining System.



For many years, like many other CCTV systems manufacturers, Scanprobe developed and installed its own reporting software on its survey camera systems. In recent years however, the market, both domestically (particularly in the UK Water Industry) and internationally has increasingly been seeking survey options that utilise a reporting system that will generate information for engineers in a format that can be digitally transferred and integrated into exiting reporting systems. This would negate the need to ‘double handle’ data, changing field results from one reporting data set to another and into a standard recognisable defect format, which could then be utilised to quickly and easily compare results from one survey to the next to highlight changes and deterioration in their pipe networks.

One of the most popular and widely used reporting systems currently available globally is WinCan. This is particularly true of the UK water sector which uses the system almost exclusively, but also in many other countries across the globe, where WinCan reporting software is fast becoming the industry standard. Many parts of the world use the standard defect catalogues, developed by WRc in the UK, this being the format upon which the WinCan reporting system is based.

However, with the explosion in field use of portable devices such as Smart Phones, Phablets and Tablets and the huge expansion of these types of technologies used as part of the control systems and data recording package now being offered by CCTV inspection systems manufactures, WinCan looked to develop a new software package that could be run in conjunction with different manufacturers’ reporting systems to provide a base data set that was transferrable and which would run ‘behind the scene’ during a pipeline survey to make the report creation much quicker and simpler. Scanprobe has been one of the leaders in efforts to develop a new software system with WinCan, known as WinCan Embedded, which has been developed for just this purpose.

Working with manufacturers’ own reporting software a fully licenced version of WinCan Embedded creates true WinCan raw data which can be captured in real time at the time of survey. This is then later imported to a desktop WinCan or uploaded to the new WinCan WEB cloud storage system for creation and delivery of a finalised report directly from site.

Highlighting this potential Colin Morgan General Manager at Scanprobe said: “Unlike most CCTV system developers and manufacturers, Scanprobe offers a contracting division in which we have five survey vans equipped with our new MaxProbe system, which carries the WinCan Embedded software. We have noticed since starting to use the new software that productivity has improved significantly.”

Asked to explain this Colin continued: “Previously the process involved completing the site survey and returning the information to me at head office where the report was created by adding defect codes etc. to the base data, often over a period of several days or weeks (given my other responsibilities), before presenting the final report to the client. Now with WinCan Embedded the majority of this work is done on site by the CCTV operators during the survey. The operators then pass back the raw WinCan data, videos and pictures on a memory stick or similar and the report can be finalised and further recommendations added in a matter of hours, if not less, on WinCan in the office, the total time-frame depending very much on the sophistication of the report required by the client.”

In closing Colin said: “What is so effective about using the WinCan Embedded in this way is that we can provide a wide range of reports from a simple printout with a video to a full blown in depth analysis of the pipeline with recommendations for further investigation or remedial works in a much shorter time than previously possible. This makes decision making at the client end much more rapid and cost effective and makes our time in the field far more productive. In short I have my life back!”



A question asked of Jon Barry, Managing Director at Scanprobe Ltd as to why the company has chosen to follow the WinCan Embedded option on some of its product lines engendered a broad response. He said: “Having looked at the market and seeing the Water Companies across the UK using only WinCan as their reporting requirement we at Scanprobe are looking to use this as a standard.”

For many years the Scanprobe systems have been utilised by companies at what might be termed the ‘domestic end’ of the CCTV market. But the company offers CCTV survey systems that can be very efficiently and cost effectively when utilised in networks and at diameters that UK and other International Water Companies and authorities operate in but which currently do not widely use Scanprobe systems. Jon noted that: “By introducing the WinCan Embedded option, Scanprobe now offers surveyors at all levels, and particularly the ‘domestic end’ of the market, the opportunity to produce reports to a standard that in the past they have not been able to provide thereby excluding them from some significant market areas. With a WinCan Embedded system on-board this is no longer the case and so should open up new markets to them. This could be advantageous not only for the survey companies but also the clients as competition increases for the survey work.”

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Maxprobe Pipe Inspection System with Wincan Embedded Reporting Software as standard

Jon went on to say: “To start with our Maxprobe system carries the software but we will be rolling it out onto other kit including our crawler systems over time to offer its use across several systems and capabilities. This will allow operators not currently able to offer WinCan reporting based services to parts the industry to look at doing so.” Scanprobe has designed its own interface so as to keep its commercial identity whilst being able to communicate with the WinCan embedded software in a manner that is useable by the surveyor. Anyone using existing WinCan software but using a competitor’s cameras can also now buy Scanprobe with WinCan Embedded and can still use the WinCan system they already hold. This means they are no longer beholden to any specific CCTV manufacturer and now have an option to use a broader spectrum of CCTV systems.

In closing Jon said: “This is a significant step forward for Scanprobe as we can now offer reports that meet the industry standard requirements in all areas. The Maxprobe also has the most up-to-date software for communicating to WinCan using a powerful processor that has been designed to make it future proof against updates on WinCan. This has allowed us to ‘leap-frog’ many of our competitor systems. For example, if WinCan Embedded needs to send reports to the new centralised WinCan Web ‘cloud’ storage system wirelessly it will be able to do so. Where we believe we are also ahead of many, if not all, of our competitors in that the WinCan Embedded software will not be offered as a costly add-on to the existing reporting software but will be issued as standard on our new CCTV kit as it is introduced across our camera range. We think this puts our systems well ahead of the game.”



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