Posted By: Bureau of Reclamation
Partners: San Diego County Water Authority, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Isle Utilities Skill: Engineering Interest: Science & Research Submission Dates: 12 a.m. ET, Mar 08, 2018 - 12 a.m. ET, May 07, 2018
This launches Stage 1 of a planned two-stage competition, that culminates in a Grand Prize Challenge including lab or field prototype scale demonstrations.
Reclamation’s water conveyance system includes over 20,000 miles of buried pipelines made of various materials including metal, plastic, concrete, and composite. Municipal water utility collaborators also have extensive transmission and distribution pipeline networks. Pipeline components, such as joints, fittings, valves, and individual pipe sections, are subject to leakage due to damage, corrosion, and other types of degradation. Detecting water loss from pipelines will trigger appropriate maintenance, allowing conservation of scarce water resources and more reliable service to clients.
Reclamation and our collaborators are seeking methods and technologies that can reliably and easily detect leaks and flaws in operating, pressurized water pipeline infrastructure regardless of size, depth of burial, pipe material or interior lining. Our primary focus is finding condition assessment solutions for 48-inch or greater pipe diameters and for steel and prestressed concrete cylinder pipe types, although solutions for all pipe types and diameters greater than 24 inches will be considered.
All questions, registrations, and official entries are found via the InnoCentive website, which opens on the date of launch.