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​Today’s utility is searching for technically viable and cost-effective solutions to improve efficiencies and productivity. Working with utilities and Operations Technology Development (OTD), GTI has developed a number of collaborative efforts to bring new distribution and pipeline technologies to market. Following are some recently commercialized products, developed with GTI manufacturing partners.

 

Picture of the Clock Spring device being used on a Distribution natural gas line Clock SpringClock Spring A system of related fiber-glass and resin matrix products used to repair defects in pipes, arrest ductile fractures in high-pressure pipelines, reinforce dents or other mechanical defects in high-pressure pipelines, protect pipe at support location, and repair defects in low-pressure pipelines.

Product history
   
Picture of the VeroTrack AST software on a handheld device. VeroTrack™ Automated Survey Tracking (AST) softwareUbisense This application uses GPS to automatically associate leak survey routes with pipe segments for accurate reporting. Intermountain Gas Company, the first company to fully implement VeroTrack, reported a 20% efficiency gain in the field operations portion of the leak surveying process, and the overall return on investment is estimated at 33% over a 7-year period.

View detailed study: VeroTrack® Automated Survey Tracking - Business Case and Return on Investment Calculation for Full Implementation at Intermountain.
   
Picture of a field worker using the Meter Xchanger system. Meter Xchanger™ SystemMueller Company Allows meter change-outs without interrupting gas service with the advantage of direct, hands-on-work, without shrouds and glove ports. Available from Mueller Company, this tool enhances customer service and saves time changing gas meters.
   
Picture of a field worker using the NO-BLO DBS System. NO-BLO® DBS SystemMueller Company The Mueller DBS System is a portable system of tools that allows field technicians to perform many tasks related to the gas service line, including meter replacement and work on any part of the meter set, such as risers and regulators, even removal and replacement of defective service line pipes and fittings.
   
A picture of the Portable Methane Detector. Portable Methane Detector (PMD)SENSIT Technologies Through the use of optical-detection technology, the handheld PMD device offers sensitivity and cost advantages over conventional techniques employing flame ionization detectors. The technology improves the efficiency of walking leak surveys, is less costly to maintain than other technologies, and can detect leaks from low ppm to 100% gas. Sensit Technologies is marketing the product as the Sensit PMD.
   
A picture of the Metallic Joint Locator. Metallic Joint Locator (MJL)SENSIT Technologies MJL provides an easy way to locate cast-iron joints, chill rings in welded steel pipe, metallic tapping tees, metallic flanges, and metal repair clamps. In field tests, the MJL was also able to detect bell and spigot joints for an eight-inch-diameter water main buried at a depth of six feet. The technology is available through Sensit Technologies as Ultra-Trac MJL.
   
A picture of the TracerLock tool. TracerLock toolTimberline Tool Research and testing has resulted in a tracer wire connector that features high water and corrosion resistance and can be installed via a keyhole. Timberline Tool is providing the tracer wire connector, plus a long-handled installation tool for keyhole use and a standard handheld tool for conventional excavation use.
   
A field worker using the Hi Flow Sampler. Hi Flow Sampler TechnologyHeath Consultants Incorporated GTI supported development of an innovative portable tool called the Hi Flow Sampler™ that can rapidly and accurately measure methane leaks—fugitive emissions—from a variety of gas industry equipment.

In 2006, Heath’s Professional Services Division, in cooperation with Addglobe LLC and the Russian Carbon Fund, assisted as a key player in launching the first methane emissions reduction project in Kursk, Russia. The project utilized carbon financing under the Kyoto Protocol. As of March 2008, sales of the device have totaled more than $3 million.

Heath has also used the Hi Flow Sampler to conduct a baseline leakage evaluation of selected gas distribution components in two cities in China. The purpose of the study was to determine whether a Kyoto Protocol Joint Implementation Project for emission reduction credits would be justified. Heath plans to expand their sales and service support for the product in Asia.
   
A field worker using the slant anvil directional drill. Slant Anvil Directional DrillDitchWitch Enables directional drill to install pipe underground without the need for open trenching – saving pavement and restoration costs. Also used for installation of fiber optic, cable, phone lines, electric duct, and other utilities.
   
A field worker using the magic box in-service PE insertion machine. Magic Box® In-Service Polyethylene Insertion MachineMueller Company Helps utilities repair or replace sections of polyethylene (PE) pipe under live conditions – reducing crew time, equipment needs, evacuation permits, and site restoration costs.
   
A pciture of a optical methane detector monted on an all terrian vehicle. Optical Methane Detector (OMD)Heath Consultants Incorporated Designed for mobile inspection of buried natural gas distribution, transmission, and gathering pipelines, the OMD increases productivity by 50 percent or more by combining sensitivity, selectivity, and speed through the use of optics and electronics.
   
A pciture of the flash shoring system. Flash Shoring (Shielding) SystemPRO-TEC Equipment, Inc. A lightweight shielding system that provides a flexible method for accessing, repairing, and rehabilitating underground pipes and facilities in congested areas where other utility lines are present. Can be easily transported (with one utility truck) and installed by one or two people without heavy equipment in about 20 minutes.
   
A field worker using the micro excavation system. Micro-Excavation SystemConcept Engineering Group Fluid lance technology that enables excavation of small-diameter openings in soil, including difficult-to-penetrate soils – lowering associated excavation and restoration costs and decreasing activity disruptions. Employs compressed air and water to excavate holes of approximately four to six inches in diameter for tasks such as verification of utility line location.
   
A picture of field workers using the clock spring to repair a defective pipe. Clock SpringNCF Industries A system of related fiber-glass and resin matrix products used to repair defects in pipes, arrest ductile fractures in high-pressure pipelines, reinforce dents or other mechanical defects in high-pressure pipelines, protect pipe at support location, and repair defects in low-pressure pipelines.
   
A pciture of a field worker using the keyhole pipeline inspection camera. PRX250K Keyhole Pipeline Inspection Camera SystemULC Robotics Small and flexible keyhole camera that enables easy to maneuver thought tight bends – allowing utilities to examine pipe segments without the need to drill additional access holes for hard-to-reach locations. Access pipe through an 18-inch-diameter surface keyhole.
   
A picture of the cured in place liners being used in the field. Cured-in-Place (CIP) LinersStarline® (joint venture of Karl Weiss and GRI International) Used to rehabilitate structurally sound pipelines with localized defects such as localized corrosion, weakened welds, or loose joints where leaks might occur. Seamless polyester circular-woven hose with plastic coating is inserted into the pipe to be lined by the inversion process and uniformly glued to interior pipe wall with a solvent-free two-component adhesive.

 

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