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Advanced Underground Utility Locating

Camera Inspection (up to 175ft)

AUUL offers not just locating when we come to a site, visual inspection of infrastructure is important to understand what conditions pipes are in, what repairs might be needed in the future and figuring out if other connections exist that were not known or documented before.

Inspection, maintenance and understanding are key features wither its updating a property, understanding where lines are going and what conditions those pipes are in,or if a pipe begins to start backing up or clogging, never get caught having to clean up.

Every pipe inspection we do comes with the ability to not only inspect the pipe but to also locate that line and map its location for future use. This also includes inspections for depths, type of materials used in construction, bends, and other findings.


Video pipe inspection, also known as sewer or pipeline inspection, is a method used to visually assess the condition, integrity, and potential issues within underground pipelines, sewer lines, and other types of conduits. This technique involves inserting a specialized camera and lighting system into the pipeline to capture real-time video footage of its interior. Video pipe inspection is widely employed in various industries, including plumbing, municipal utilities, construction, and infrastructure maintenance, to identify problems, make informed decisions, and plan appropriate repairs or maintenance.

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Here's an overview of how video pipe inspection works and its applications:

1. Equipment and Setup:
●    A high-resolution camera, often mounted on a flexible rod or robotic crawler, is inserted into the pipeline.
●    The camera is equipped with powerful lighting to illuminate the interior of the pipe.

2. Data Collection:
●    As the camera is moved through the pipeline, it captures high-quality video footage of the interior.
●    The camera can pan, tilt, and zoom to provide detailed views of the pipe's condition.

3. Real-time Visualization:
●    The video feed is transmitted to a monitor or recording device in real-time.
●    Operators can watch the live footage and assess the condition of the pipeline as the camera progresses.

4. Assessment and Analysis:
●    Operators or technicians analyze the video footage to identify potential issues, such as cracks, leaks, corrosion, blockages, root intrusion, or structural damage.

5. Documentation and Reporting:
●    The video footage is often recorded and stored for documentation and reference.
●    A report is generated, detailing the findings and recommendations based on the visual inspection.

6. Applications of Video Pipe Inspection:
●    Infrastructure Assessment: Video pipe inspection is used to assess the condition of municipal sewer and stormwater systems, identifying deterioration, blockages, or areas of concern.
●    Plumbing Diagnosis: In residential and commercial plumbing, video inspections help diagnose plumbing problems without invasive digging or cutting.
●    Construction Quality Control: During construction, video inspections ensure that pipelines are installed correctly and meet required standards.
●    Preventive Maintenance: Regular video inspections help identify issues before they become major problems, allowing for timely maintenance and repairs.
●    Environmental Protection: Detecting leaks or blockages in sewer lines helps prevent contamination of soil and water sources.
●    Pipe Rehabilitation Planning: Video inspections aid in planning appropriate repairs or rehabilitation methods based on the observed condition.

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7. Benefits:
●    Non-Destructive: Video pipe inspection avoids the need for excavation or disruptive methods to assess pipeline conditions.
●    Accurate Assessment: Visual inspection provides a clear view of issues within the pipeline.
●    Cost-Effective: Early detection of problems minimizes the need for extensive repairs or emergency interventions.
●    Efficient Decision-Making: Operators can make informed decisions about maintenance or repairs based on visual evidence.
8. Limitations:
●    Video inspection may not reveal issues outside the camera's field of view or behind obstructions.

●    The accuracy of interpretation depends on the expertise of the operator.

Overall, video pipe inspection is a valuable tool for assessing the condition of pipelines, identifying issues, and making informed decisions about maintenance and repairs. It plays a crucial role in maintaining infrastructure integrity, preventing environmental risks, and ensuring efficient operations.

AUUL offers not just locating when we come to a site, visual inspection of infrastructure is important to understand what conditions pipes are in, what repairs might be needed in the future and figuring out if other connections exist that were not known or documented before. 

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Camera Inspection (up to 175ft)

What kind of information can be found from video pipe inspection?

Video pipe inspection is a versatile method that can identify a wide range of issues within pipelines, sewer lines, and conduits. The visual information captured by the camera can reveal various conditions and anomalies that may affect the pipeline's functionality, integrity, and overall performance. Here are some common issues that can be found using video pipe inspection:


  • Cracks and Fractures: Video inspection can reveal cracks, fractures, or breaks in the pipeline walls. These defects can lead to leaks, infiltration, or structural instability.

  • Corrosion: Corrosion of the pipeline material can be identified through visual assessment. Corroded areas may appear weakened, discolored, or deteriorated.

  • Joint Misalignment: Misaligned or displaced pipe joints can cause flow disruptions, potential blockages, and even leaks.

  • Infiltration and Exfiltration: Video inspection can identify areas where groundwater or external materials are infiltrating into the pipeline or where sewage is exfiltrating from the pipeline. This helps prevent contamination and system overloads.

  • Root Intrusion: Tree roots can infiltrate pipelines through joints or cracks, causing blockages and reduced flow capacity.

  • Debris and Sediment Buildup: Accumulated debris, sediment, and waste can obstruct the pipeline's flow, leading to reduced efficiency and potential backups.

  • Blockages: Video inspection can pinpoint blockages caused by foreign objects, accumulated debris, grease buildup, or other materials. These blockages can impede flow and lead to system backups.

  • Collapsed Sections: Portions of the pipeline that have collapsed or suffered structural failure can be identified through video inspection.

  • Pipe Erosion: Erosion of the pipeline walls due to abrasive materials or high-velocity flows can be visualized, helping to address potential weaknesses.

  • Pipe Deformation: Distorted or deformed sections of the pipeline can indicate potential structural issues.

  • Dislocated or Displaced Pipelines: Pipes that have shifted from their original positions due to soil movement, settlement, or other factors can be detected.

  • Foreign Object Intrusion: Video inspection can uncover instances where foreign objects have entered the pipeline, causing blockages or damage.

  • Clogs and Grease Buildup: Accumulated grease and clogs within the pipeline can be identified, helping to maintain flow capacity.

  • Leaking Joints: Video inspection can reveal leaking joints between pipeline sections.

  • Lateral and Tee Connections: The condition of lateral and tee connections can be assessed to ensure proper flow and connection integrity.

  • Overall Pipe Condition: Video inspection provides an overview of the pipeline's overall condition, allowing for assessment of remaining service life and planning for maintenance or replacement.

Not all pipe issues are seen from the surface, and if a pipe is having issues especially next to a building, underneath a building or near or under a roadway these repairs can be very expensive if not found before real damage occurs. 

Pipes inspections can take place in conduits from 2 inches all the way up to 38’’ in diameter. 

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