Hydromax USA and Utilis LTD come together to bring water utilities proven satellite scanning technology to accurately find leaks within their water infrastructure.
Using the same satellite technology to look for water on other planets, Hydromax clients will now have the capability to locate network water loss over thousands of square kilometers — all through aerial scans from space. This solution can accurately pinpoint leaks within a 100-300 ft. radius, saving significant labor costs associated with finding leaks using today’s current leak detection technology.
How it Benefits Utilities:
- Assess your entire infrastructure at once, allowing you to align priorities for repair
- Hydromax’s remote monitoring program doesn’t require hardware installation or changes in existing infrastructure
- Assessments can be provided periodically on a monthly or quarterly basis
- The frequency of monitoring can be adjusted to align with budget allocations or to resolve existing leak-repair backlogs
- Cost is significantly less than other traditional acoustic technologies that cover less area and involve expensive hardware and technicians
How It Works:
The technology uses spectral aerial imaging – taken from satellite-mounted sensors – to spot leakage in underground
distribution and transmission pipes. The raw imagery is then overlaid on a client’s GIS water network and is processed by Utilis’ unique algorithms. The algorithm detects drinking water by looking for a particular spectral “signature” typical to drinking water. Hydromax processes the data to deliver a pinpointed leakage graphic report overlaid onto a map with streets, pipes and size information.
The result? Leaks are found without the time and manpower of field based acoustic surveys.
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- Utilis’ innovative satellite scanning technology detects leaks efficiently, accurately and faster than existing solutions.
- Remote sensing of subterranean water leakage is based on a primary algorithm that detects underground leaks by analyzing micro-spectral satellite imagery. Utilis receives microwave satellite images as input and then applies mathematical manipulation and analysis to provide a vector of coordinates.
- Hydromax processes the collected scan data and provides the utility with the leak locations and estimated leak size. From discreet, professional technical support to turn-key programs that perform all leak correlation for utilities, Hydromax works closely with utilities with solutions to convert found water leaks into revenue.
- The technology is based on microwave reflectometry, or microwave electromagnetic signals. Microwaves are particularly useful for water detection, as water exhibits a high value of relative dielectric permittivity, therefore enabling the discovery and measurement of water in soil.
- Utilis has selected a specific microwave wavelength not only for its ability to penetrate the ground, but also due to its high sensitivity to treated water characteristics.
- Hydromax surveys an entire network periodically, providing monthly or quarterly results as requested.
- Each scan typically requires only 2-4 days of field correlation to isolate the leak, raising the effectiveness of acoustic teams so that they can focus on the last few meters of a leak detection.