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Maximizing Infrastructure Efficiency With Acoustic Data Loggers

At the intersection of environmental sustainability, infrastructure reliability, efficient utility operations and innovation take center stage. Our cutting-edge technology in Acoustic Data Loggers has revolutionized how we monitor, maintain and optimize crucial underground pipelines.

The Challenge: Aging Infrastructure

The backbone of modern cities relies on a vast network of underground pipelines. However, many of these systems have been used for decades, and aging water infrastructure poses significant challenges. Engineers and utility companies grapple with issues such as leaks, inefficiencies and the need for extensive pipe replacement. While these issues require constant response from utility companies, they also lead to significant water losses and affect the quality of life for people living in the area.

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The Solution: Acoustic Data Loggers

Our PermaNET SU offers a solution. These advanced devices are designed to detect potential pipeline issues through sound analysis, making it easier to identify leaks and respond before they worsen. These loggers function as acoustic sensors attached to the valves of clean water distribution pipes and are among the most acceptable methods of leak detection. The leak detection process comprises two primary steps: The loggers measure the sound levels produced by the pipes and then evaluate them by comparing them to a predefined threshold.

For example, a large utility was losing 3.6 million gallons of water a day due to leaks in underground mains and service lines. With the help of our acoustic data loggers, they were able to: 

  • Identify 127 hidden leaks
  • Reduce water loss from 43% to 20%
  • Gain an annual cost savings of $430,000 

By the end of 2023, our PermaNet SU will qualify for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Build America, Buy America Act (BABA), signed into law in 2021. Any survey work or SU pilot could qualify for federal and state funds under Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (DWSRF) in conjunction with your pipe replacement projects. Submitting under this Act can provide Green points for your engineering firm and improve your future bid awards. 

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Key Benefits of Acoustic Data Loggers

The PermaNET SU offers the following advantages:

  • Early leak detection: By monitoring sound patterns, our loggers can identify leaks and localize them for quick response and repair. Early intervention for these leaks prevents significant water loss.
  • Reduced downtime: Large, unexpected leaks require attention from utility teams that staff may not have the time for. Minimize disruption to utility services and infrastructure projects with proactive maintenance. 
  • Data-driven decision-making: Engineers can make informed decisions based on accurate, real-time data that would benefit any project submission. PermaNET Web software includes an Aqualog, map view, correlation and select GIS file formats for teams to access and assess the state of pipe systems.
  • Cost savings: Avoid the high costs associated with emergency pipe replacement by addressing issues proactively. 

Infrastructure for the Future

Environmental and civil engineers play a vital role in designing and maintaining infrastructure. Our PermaNet SU empowers you to take a data-driven approach to your projects, enhancing efficiency and minimizing environmental impact.

In a world where infrastructure is the backbone of modern society, we are committed to providing cutting-edge solutions that stand the test of time. 

Contact Fluid Conservation Systems Inc. to Learn More

FCS is a leader in water loss recovery technology, and our acoustic data logger is a testament to our innovation. Since 1978, our team has worked hard to develop comprehensive systems for pipe network monitoring. In addition to our industry-leading solutions, we have an attentive and responsive customer service team ready to answer any question you might have.

Learn more about the PermaNET SU today by contacting our team or requesting a quote.