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New Website Launched for AssetDMS PACP Certified Software

In late October, just in time for the opening of the 2018 WEFTEC Conference, Trio-Vision launched a dedicated new website for its NASSCO-Certified PACP Data Collection Software product, AssetDMS.

The new website provides in-depth information regarding the data collection software solution for municipalities and contractors who are looking for a simple-to-use, yet powerful data collection and analysis tool.

The AssetDMS site features a distributor, sales and support staff interactive directory. It will soon be offering a blog component, to provide the industry with useful information related to

  • inspection
  • data acquisition and usage analysis
  • regulatory updates
  • and more!

Drain Services Inc.: The Muscle To Multi-Task

Problem

Drain Services Inc. in Fargo, N.D., is a very small operation, and owner Kevin Cameron needs his equipment to be versatile, capable of multi-tasking. He was looking for a pipeline inspection system that could also be a workhorse for point repairs. Rather than acquire a custom-built rig, he decided that a component-style system would be a better choice for his project requirements.

“I was looking at many manufacturers,” he remembers. “This was my first major equipment financing deal. I did a lot of investigating, to gain the most work for my investment.”

Solution

While getting PACP-certified, Kevin told his instructor about the system he sought: “6-wheel-drive, with enough grip to pull a pipe repair into place. He told me about TrioVision-Cobra, whose crawler is big and heavy, with a robust 13-wire cable. It could do exactly what I wanted.”

While other vendors backed away from this kind of equipment multi-tasking, our sales representative assured Kevin that our warranty would cover such use. He cancelled previous purchase orders and committed to the Trio-Vision modular system.

Kevin requested the ability to install the components himself in a unique, very mobile and agile hybrid van. Our build-out team hadn’t ever fielded such a request, but they took it in stride. They worked hard to have all system elements plugged in when he showed up to take delivery, to show him how it worked. Then they broke down the components and packed them into military grade cases. “All I had to do was open them up, plug and play,” Kevin recalls.

Result

Kevin says, “Now I not only have a robust pipeline inspection system, but also a hardy workhorse to help me accomplish remote point repairs, without having to invest in another specialized piece. I think everybody is extremely happy with how it’s going. I know I am.”

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Within Reach: Pole Camera Differences and Applications

If you’re just getting into underground asset CCTV inspection, or are simply looking to broaden your services with some new equipment investment, you may be finding the range and type of pole cameras somewhat confusing. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. That’s why this post is something of a pole camera primer.

What’s The Difference?

Mainline and lateral cameras are carried on tractors or crawlers, and used primarily for horizontal applications, viewing down long stretches of pipe that run from manhole to manhole. They are launched from access points that allow man entry to set up and operate the equipment.

Types of Pole Cameras

Pole cameras, on the other hand, are lowered from the top of a manhole on a handheld pole. There are two types: manhole and zoom cameras.

The manhole camera doesn’t require a long depth of field, since its job is confined primarily to televising the vertical stack of the manhole. It examines the walls for defects such as loose or missing bricks and mortar, cracks, evidence of water infiltration, and overall construction quality. Its main attributes are

  • excellent close-up optics
  • clear, variable lighting
  • and light weight.

These cameras can also perform well in any enclosed environment, such as industrial plant stacks, chimneys and smaller tanks and vessels.

The zoom camera is also lowered down the vertical stack, but it rests on the bottom of the pipe and is used to look down the pipe horizontally. It’s a great tool for areas that won’t accommodate access for an inspection truck with a crawler. It’s good for a quick look around to identify blockages or a collapse, in preparation for a full crawler assessment, because it can’t see the condition or location of laterals.

Zoom cameras aren’t intended as a replacement for full assessments, but they’re good at justifying the costs of creating access for a full inspection by identifying whether or not one is needed.

Important Pole Camera Features

The important features of zoom cameras include:

  • excellent analog and digital zoom quality
  • flexibility and quality of the lighting (including the ability to intensify the light a focus as needed)
  • light weight
  • quick setup time
  • wi-fi and battery operation, which provide operator flexibility in tight spots.
  • An attractive option is a laser, to act as a distance measure while in the pipe.

Both types of cameras have the advantage of quick setup and the ability to do a fast inspection, which saves time and cost on any job. Good ones should mesh seamlessly with coding and reporting software. Powered tilt makes either one more versatile, and therefore more useful.

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AssetDMS – Robust, versatile pipe inspection reporting and coding software

In our wrap-up of show season, we didn’t mention having exhibited our new AssetDMS CCTV asset inspection recording and reporting software. We were saving it for this post, because it’s rich and special enough to deserve its own space.

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Our AssetDMS team members, Leti and Hildemar, stayed busy in our booth, demonstrating this robust software for contractors and municipal representatives who are looking for a more versatile package that offers both:

  • NASSCO-certified PACP/LACP/MACP coding without the need to remember all codes and rules (though it does offer PACP reference photos for codes), and
  • the ability to import and export from ANY certified PACP/LACP/MACP database.

AssetDMS Features

They walked our visitors through a full demonstration of AssetDMS screens and controls. They explained that we developed the data collection process specifically to enable users in the field to collect data without having to manage multiple screens and complex database software programs. A touchscreen interface, like those of today’s smartphones and other modern electronics, makes the use of AssetDMS more second nature than work.

You could see the pleasure and, yes, even relief on the faces of these visitors, as they watched how easily they could manipulate AssetDMS, using its intuitive design and self-guiding prompts in a streamlined, simplified process that ensures critical information is always captured.

Designed To Perform

This unique CCTV pipeline inspection process is faster, easier and more productive than anything users have previously experienced. AssetDMS achieves this through several forward-looking features, based on recommendations from NASSCO for optimal performance:

  • AssetDMS userComplete on-screen/context-sensitive help file
  • Drop-down menus and intuitive prompts provide quick access to common PACP Standard reference points,
    such as:

    • Defects
    • Pipe materials
    • Survey purpose
    • Locations
    • Pipe usage, etc.
  • Extensive reporting and easy-to-understand analysis tools
  • Data exported from a PACP database or ArcGIS® software can pre-populate work orders and inspection header information, based on historical data.

There’s so much more to learn about its capabilities and features. If you’re interested, call or click today for more information. For free demonstration of our AssetDMS soft­ware suite, call toll-free 800.443.3761 or email.

AssetDMS – Setting A Higher Bar

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One of the products we’re most proud to introduce to the market is the latest version of AssetDMS, our highly engineered CCTV asset inspection recording and reporting software.

Employing an operator-friendly, intuitive touchscreen interface, AssetDMS condition assessment software makes data collection and analysis more second nature than work. Collection of data is highly streamlined, simplified and accurate with the use of built-in user prompts, so critical information is always captured.

Robust and Versatile

It’s all in the touch… AssetDMS is compatible with a wide range of manufacturer’s CCTV systems

  • Import/Export from ANY certified PACP/LACP/MACP database
  • No need to remember all PACP codes and rules
  • PACP reference photos for codes
  • Extensive reporting and easy to understand analysis tools

Learn More

Call or click today for more information, or a free demonstration of the AssetDMS software suite, or any of our full range of CCTV inspection technology. Call Toll-free 800.443.3761 or email.

Show Season: See You In Indy!

Our WWETT Show booth

Stop by and see us in Booth #6048 to see exciting new products and get show special pricing!

Having just come off our exhibit at the Underground Construction Technology Show in Ft. Worth, we now head to Indianapolis for the granddaddy of trade shows in our industry, The WWETT Show.

WWETT – The Show of Shows

If you’ve been there before, you’ll know it’s the largest annual U.S. trade show for the wastewater management industry. We know we’ll see many of you before the actual show floor opens, attending the many sessions during Education Day.

With so many offerings to choose from, including everything from safety and how-to, to business management and best practices, we know you’ll be stuffing your brains with the most up-to-date information concerning our industry.

Then, we look forward to you taking all that knowledge onto the show floor to help you choose the best new products to help you do your job faster, more easily, efficiently and effectively. That’s where we come in!

We’re really looking forward to having you stop by and visit us in Booth #6048, where we’ll be displaying and demonstrating several exciting new products this year!

Keep your eyes open for:

We’ll also be featuring the latest version of our feature-packed AssetDMS inspection recording and reporting software. You’ll want to see its new features, and especially the special show price we’ll be offering on this state-of-the-art technology.

See you in Indy!