Pipeline condition assessments are designed to utilise technology and data to help large organisations and governments to make better decisions with their water networks. In many cases, improper condition assessment can cost business and government millions of dollars each year in lost water.
Pipeline condition assessment professionals are tasked with conducting pipeline assessments to increase efficiency and locate any potential savings that can be made within a network.
Why is pipeline condition assessment necessary?
As the old saying goes, prevention is always better than a cure – which applies to the water industry. In many cases, remediation and replacement projects are left until the last minute or until something (often catastrophic) has already happened which necessitates instant repair jobs.
Pipeline condition assessment professionals are not only tasked with identifying potential issues within the network that can save money, but they are also tasked with keeping a network in good shape so that a disaster is not the necessitating factor for repair work.
How does pipeline assessment happen?
Pipeline condition assessment is conducted on a case-by-case basis. There is no single approach when it comes to identifying potential issues within a network. Companies and individual contractors will work on behalf of a government or large organisation to identify any problems within a network and any preventative maintenance that should happen in order to mitigate future issues.
The cost to entry for contractors and companies is extremely high due to the tools required to complete work and effectively carry out network assessments.
How does condition assessment benefit owners?
Condition assessment projects are designed to provide governments and businesses with the information required to make informed decisions for their private water networks. The biggest benefit comes in two forms:
- Preventative maintenance tips that can reduce ongoing maintenance and mitigate the chance for large issues within a network.
- Peace of mind knowing that your network is in good shape and will not be impacted by unexpected disasters.
In many cases, large companies and governments invest significant capital in upgrading or replacing water networks without having an effective maintenance and prevention strategy in place. Condition assessment means that the need to replace an entire network is (in large part) mitigated and the network can instead be maintained and fixed throughout its lifespan.