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mina is here to revolutionise the pipeline inspection industry!


Posted on: February 18th, 2019

Initially released in October 2018 at the No Dig Live trade exhibition, mina was showcasing it’s built-in pipeline inspection survey drawing package but hinted at a greater level of connectivity.  That greater level is here, as with this latest update mina now boasts the ability to connect your Apple iPhone or iPad to your Maxprobe (UK, RSA & Europe) or Explorer (USA) wirelessly.  And with this comes a brand new way to interact with your customers…

 

The connection options available with mina Survey

The connection options available with mina Survey

A wireless connection between the Maxprobe/Explorer has opened the doorway to streaming live video from your pipeline inspection system to your Apple mobile device, simply through the mina app, as well as enabling the user to send full WinCan or mina survey reports to the same device, to then share by whatever means the device has.  This could be anything from a simple email client, WhatsApp, Dropbox or GoogleDrive – any form of file transfer application, as well as the built-in services on Apple mobile devices.  This latest development of mina has removed the long delays usually incurred when waiting for the survey file to be delivered back to the office, processed into a readable format and then delivered to the end customer, a process which could take days and also involves the cost of the PC software.  With mina, the pipeline inspection engineer can complete this entire process on site in a matter of minutes, delivering a full WinCan or mina survey report to the customer, being able to explain any details face-to-face and closing off the job there and then.  And this is a completely free app!  As if this wasn’t enough, mina’s live streaming functionality enables the pipeline inspection engineer the opportunity to show their end customer a live image from inside their pipework without having to take them out to the manhole itself.  For the customers who are not aware of how the pipework system works, this feature removes any confusion about exactly what the problem(s) are, or gives a visual confirmation that any problems have been corrected, all from the comfort of an iPhone or iPad screen.

 

This is not the only customer-friendly feature of mina, as the built-in drawing package also serves to help everyone involved, both customers and colleagues, to understand the complexity of the pipeline inspection survey which has been undertaken.  After all, more often than not the pipelines are not in clear view, so to be able to provide a clear digital survey drawing on site in a matter of minutes will only serve to put your customer’s minds at ease.  Better still, connecting your Apple device to your Maxprobe via the FREE mina app enables you to integrate your drawing into your WinCan or mina survey report, adding additional clarity seamlessly!

 

So why not download your free copy of mina today from the App Store and add extra detail and value to your survey!



Drain Testing Methods


Posted on: April 7th, 2014

There are various methods of drain testing available depending on the circumstances and the nature of the particular problem to resolve.

CCTV drain survey is the most commonly used method of drain testing and involves inspecting a drain with a camera and reporting any defects.

Drain Testing

Drain Testing commonly involves a CCTV survey

hydraulic water test is used when testing for water-tightness, this test involves stopping up the down-stream pipe in the manhole and filling the drain with water until it can be visually observed at the top end of the pipe.  If the water level goes down it means the drain is leaking.

Dye testing can be used in conjunction with hydraulic water testing which involves adding a colour dye to the water, if the pipe is leaking into a basement area this type of test can highlight the drainage which is causing the problem.

Air testing is used when testing a pipe for air tightness and this involves stopping up both ends of the pipe and then putting the pipe under air pressure using a testing device.  If the pressure drops then the pipe has failed the test.

Drain testing specialists Scanseal

Drain testing specialists Scanseal

 



Why is a CCTV Drain Survey needed?


Posted on: December 16th, 2013

Drains, by their very nature of being underground, are subjected to a number of stresses over the years.  The ground can move dramatically, depending on how wet or dry it is, shrub or tree roots grow around the pipes and subsidence can also add high additional weight over the pipes. In order to check drains and pipes periodically a CCTV Drain Survey can be carried out.

 

CCTV Survey image showing damage to pipe

CCTV Survey image showing damage to pipe

Traditional Salt Glazed sewer pipes will start to breakdown after a while and these stresses can start to cause leaking at the joints, cracking along the pipes or at worst complete collapse. Leaky soil pipes are not only a potential health hazard but can also wash away the foundations of a property causing subsidence. Damaged pipes can cause blockages.

 

CCTV Drain Camera locates problem

CCTV Drain Camera locates problem

When buying a property, the mortgage lender will often want assurance that the pipes are in good order. How can this be done, without having to expose the pipes? A Close Circuit Television (CCTV) drain survey is ideal for this purpose. This is a totally non-invasive process in which we insert a ‘rod’ with a camera attached at one end, connected to a monitor and recording system at the other end. If a problem is detected, an on-screen meter counter can determine the exact position.

 

If a drain repair or patch to the pipe is necessary, there are a number of options available, including replacing the broken section by excavation, or alternatively and in most cases preferable by no-dig or trenchless technology which involves relining the drain or pipe from within with a Glass reinforced plastic. This is particularly useful where pipes are inaccessible, such as under buildings. 

Pipe Repair is carried out after CCTV Drain Survey

Pipe Repair is carried out after CCTV Drain Survey

 

 

 

 

After a drain repair has been carried out a further CCTV drain survey will need to be carried out check to make sure that water is free flowing without any restrictions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CCTV Camera used to check pipe repair

CCTV Camera used to check pipe repair

 

 

 

 



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