Case Studies

PICA has the technology, expertise, and knowledge to serve each customer’s unique needs. Explore recent case studies to see how the PICA team works with customers to provide the right information to enable utility owners to make confident decisions about how to rehabilitate their pipelines in a cost-effective manner. To see more case studies, you can search by pipe type, technology used on the project, location of the project, or by the year of project completion.

Mid-west City, Serving A Population Of 156,607

February 25, 2023

PICA partnered with a Mid-west city in February 2023 to conduct an inspection of 4.8 miles of 54-inch embedded cylinder PCCP and 1.9 miles of lined cylinder PCCP. Near Field Testing (NFT) for wire breaks was conducted on both pipelines. Remote Field Testing (RFT) was also conducted on portions of the 54- inch pipeline with thicker cylinder and along the entire length of the 48-inch pipeline.

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Arizona Indian Community

December 25, 2022

In December 2022, an inspection team of PICA and Simpson Gumpertz and Heger (SGH) conducted an inspection of 8.5 miles of 78-inch and 84-inch embedded cylinder PCCP owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. PICA deployed Near Field Testing (NFT) technology along the entire 8.5-mile length and Remote Field Testing (RFT) technology on one mile of pipeline.

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Michigan Water Authority serving population of 3.8 million

August 13, 2022

On August 13, 2022, at 4:30 a.m., a 120-inch PCCP water transmission main from Lake Huron experienced a significant failure. Using Near Field Testing (NFT) electromagnetics, the PICA team conducted an emergency inspection of 1.5 miles of the pipeline and delivered the inspection results while the line was still out of service.

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Southern California Water District

October 25, 2021

In 2017 and 2021, PICA inspected a total of 8 miles of 36-inch diameter CMLC steel pipe and C303 bar- wrapped (concrete cylinder) pipe on a Southern California Water District’s Aqueduct #1 and Aqueduct #2 pipelines using Remote Field Testing technology and PICA’s unique deflatable tool platform that allows insertion and extraction of tool components through 18-inch diameter access openings.

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Nebraska City With Population Of 486,051

August 23, 2021

Using the See Snake Remote Field Testing (RFT) tool, PICA inspected approximately 3,300 feet of 12-inch ductile iron pipe (DIP) to determine whether numerous breaks over a 15-year time span were indicative of the poor condition of the entire line or if the problem areas were localized to specific areas of the water main.

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California City Of 135,000 Population

March 23, 2021

PICA performed an inspection of a sewer force main using free-swimming leak detection, external electromagnetic scanning, and ultrasonic thickness testing, where appropriate, on approximately 5,900 feet of 8-inch PVC, 12-inch PVC, and 8-inch ductile iron pipe (DIP).

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