Multi-acre, controlled soil bed (sand, clay, rock, etc.) provide unique capabilities to evaluate all buried infrastructure systems. Research and evaluations include: pipe locating, leak detection, pinpointing, migration, and greenhouse gas emissions. Systems can be tested for corrosion resistance and coating performance. This outdoor facility has been used for: keyholing, lining, splitting, locating, low- and high-pressure testing, and other technologies.
A series of environmentally controlled large-bay (25’ high) labs with 5-ton overhead cranes provide the capability to fully evaluate metallic, polymer, and composite piping systems. This includes full-scale burst, hydrostatic, cyclic, and accelerated testing period. The same testing can be applied to evaluate all applicable joining systems and appurtenances.
The GTI Fabrication Facility has the capabilities you need to turn your ideas into working prototypes. We have CNC machining, MIG and TIG Welding, Plasma Cutting, PLC Programming and CAD/CAM support software.
This facility provides a wide range of services and capabilities for utilities infrastructure and pavement restoration research. It allows for performance evaluation, development, and cost-analysis studies of new materials and technologies related to utility installations and pavement restoration practices. It includes both indoor and outdoor test sites and contains various types and sizes of buried gas pipes, backfill materials, and pavement sections.
Key activities here focus on sensors/technologies for a smart energy infrastructure, with an emphasis on operational needs. Major areas of expertise include automation, remote monitoring, and controls. Capabilities include tools and equipment for embedded system development, automation, sensor and signal conditioning; data acquisition technologies and digital signal processing; and data communication systems and wireless communication technology. We also have the ability to construct electronic prototypes.
GTI has the capability to develop predictive models that describe the behavior of systems with complex interactions and estimate the underlying event probabilities for these models. We accomplish this using a variety of probabilistic methods and other appropriate techniques integrating our full slate of state-of-the-art analyses and Finite Element Method (FEM) software.
Our knowledge of these software tools—along with detailed material science, chemical and physics expertise—enable the simulation of stress, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, micro-fluidics, porous flow, chemical kinetics, electromagnetics, acoustics, geo-mechanics, seismic and many other physical phenomena for comprehensive sensitivity analyses. GTI has extensive leading-edge software, laboratories, databases, and data visualization tools that are useful in calibrating constitutive models, validating simulation results, and analyzing and viewing data in the correct context.
Realizing the gas industry’s developing requirement to capture and record precise location data and accurate gas network attribute data, GTI has created the GIS/GPS Mobile Application Lab. Utilizing the latest real-time, high-accuracy GPS receivers paired with readily available smart phones and tablet computers, GTI develops mobile applications based on industry-leading GIS technology to efficiently and effectively capture infrastructure data, build functional geometric networks and integrate GIS data in real-time web-based applications.