PICA (pronounced pee’-ca) is an acronym for Pipeline Inspection and Condition Analysis. We are a Canadian-based company with operations throughout North America, South America, Australia, and Asia. PICA USA is incorporated in Colorado and employs client-facing and project-delivery professionals in California, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.
PICA’s roots in pipeline inspection technologies go back to 1972 when Dave Russell, our founder, and president, incorporated Russell Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Systems in Edmonton, Canada. In the late 1990s, Russell began applying Remote Field Eddy Current (RFEC) technology, now called Remote Field Testing (RFT), to metallic water mains in the United States and around the world. The demand for water main inspections grew, leading to the creation of PICA. The graphic below illustrates Russell NDE and PICA’s long-standing leadership role in the pipeline inspection industry.