Trenchless Technology

DEC 2018

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W W W.T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY.C O M 11 Calgary-based Tornado Global Hydrovacs Ltd. announced Oct. 29, that its wholly-owned subsidiary Tornado Global Hydrovacs (Beijing) Ltd. has entered into a five-year strategic partnership agreement with Anhui Jianghuai Yangtian Automobile Co., Ltd. to manufacture Tornado's line-up of hydrovac trucks, which have been customized to satisfy all the Chinese regulatory requirements, for sale and operation in China. "We are very pleased to be chosen to manufacture Tornado's line-up of hydrovac trucks and we expect the quality of the trucks we manufacture in China to be as good as the products manufactured in North America if not better," ssaid Gong Yihua, president of Jianghuai Yangtian. "Chuzhou and Nanqiao district are paying great attention to this event. China's excavation market is growing very quickly. Safety and low-cost excavation on construction sites is extremely important to the Chinese market." Tornado and Jianghuai Yangtian's agreement committed them to work together to solve these two challenges by introducing the Tornado line-up of hydrovac excavation trucks to the untapped Chinese market. "Going forward Tornado's hydrovacs products will be manufactured by Jianghuai Yangtian and Tornado China and Jianghuai Yangtian will work together on improvements to Tornado's line-up of hydrovac trucks which is expected to increase the competitiveness of the products," said Sean Li, president of Tornado China. " Tornado's line-up of hydrovac trucks manufactured in China will be sold in China, North America and the rest of world," Tornado also announced that Tornado China executed a strategic partnership agreement with Daqing Haotian Xinda Technology Ltd. for an initial term of one year to assist Tornado China with developing a client base in the excavation market in Heilongjiang Province of China. Tornado anticipates the unique features of Tornado's line- up of hydrovac trucks and its track record of effectiveness should generate great demand for its hydrovacs in part as a result of its hot water features that make excavation in winter far more economic and safer. Tornado Global Hydrovacs Announces Strategic Alliances in China Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) is calling for the federal government and the pipeline industry to work together to establish a pipeline safety test facility in the United States. "Other U.S. transportation sectors systematically improve safety through government-supported research facilities," said FOSA chairman Mike Hines, of OFS. " The Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and others have facilities for validation of new technologies and techniques, but no such facility exists for pipelines. A comprehensive pipeline test facility operating under real-world conditions would benefit the industry, government regulators, and the public." "Pipeline operators are constantly working to deploy new safety technologies," FOSA director Mark Uncapher said. "But when it comes to testing the technologies on active pipelines, there are limitations. Bringing advanced pipeline monitoring technologies more quickly into service can help address the public's safety concerns." To determine industry interest, FOSA interviewed safety officials with numerous pipeline operators. "Based on the operators' input, we believe what's needed is a buried 'flow-loop' pipeline with engineered, controllable orifices to emulate leaking pipes under real-world environmental conditions," said Dr. Chris Minto, of OptaSense, the FOSA Technology Committee chair. "Furthermore, water and compressed air could serve as proxies to oil and natural gas to manage safety and environmental concerns when creating temporary leak on this test platform to validate leak detection technologies." The facility also would be used to address the question of retrofitting new safety technologies to previously installed pipelines. "Retrofitting is a big focus of the pipeline sector right now. Trenching near a buried pipeline is challenging because you risk puncturing the pipe," said Gareth Lees, of AP Sensing, who led the FOSA process for interviewing pipeline operators on the test facility concept. "FOSA companies are working on ways to trench safely, but like leak detection technology, trenching technologies need to be validated to the satisfaction of the operator and a scaled pipeline test facility would help in proving out new and safer methods of sensor installation." According to Uncapher, a pipeline test facility would also help regulators do their jobs. "Increasingly, pipeline regulators are expected to explore technology solutions. With a facility of this nature, they would have a place to do that, and sooner, helping the public benefit from such technologies more quickly." As a next step, FOSA suggests that government and industry work together on an engineering study of the proposed facility. Fiber Optic Sensing Association Calls for U.S. Pipeline Safety Test Facility

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