Syrinix launches new combined acoustic leak and pressure monitor

Pipeminder-One Acoustic combines the power of transient pressure monitoring with acoustic leak detection

Syrinix has announced the launch of a smart network monitoring tool that combines high-resolution pressure monitoring and leak detection in one solution – Pipeminder-One Acoustic. This new version of the Pipeminder-One evolves the tool’s existing pressure monitoring with acoustic monitoring to locate leaks and bursts.

The new Pipeminder-One Acoustic detects, locates, and prevents leaks and bursts – in one simple system.

Combined with Radar, Syrinix’s cloud analysis platform, Pipeminder-One Acoustic locates leaks on a broad range of pipeline material and sizes. Like the rest of the Pipeminder-One family, the Acoustic version triangulates pressure events and sends alarms so utility users can identify and fix potential problems on their network. Data is recorded by a time-stamped management information system synced to 4G, 3G and 2G mobile networks. Because units are widely spaced along the distribution network, fewer Pipeminder-One Acoustic units than traditional leak detectors are needed to obtain high-resolution data.

Mark Hendy, vice-president of business development EMEA at Syrinix, said: “Water and wastewater utilities need cost effective and resilient monitoring systems. The Pipeminder-One Acoustic can be installed permanently or on a semi-permanent survey basis for use detecting both leaks and the damaging pressure events that can lead to leaks and bursts.”

The advantages of Pipeminder-One Acoustic, Hendy added, translate to cost savings: “Preventing asset deterioration is often the best way to maintain a viable utility. Using Pipeminder-One Acoustic for the early detection of leaks and problematic pressure sources, utilities can proactively make operational adjustments to prevent wear and tear on the network instead of reacting to asset failures.”

By supporting informed decision-making with data to calm networks, previous iterations of the Pipeminder monitor transformed how utilities manage and maintain assets. Adding acoustic leak collection to transient monitoring capabilities, this new iteration of the Pipeminder provides new data combinations in a smaller footprint.

Pipeminder-One Acoustic records pressure at 128 samples per second, generating both transient and summary data, which can be used for triangulation, clustering, classification, and export via an API. The addition of acoustic data from a new, improved hydrophone is used in combination with pressure monitoring to identify a leak position. With precise detection, utilities can respond to operational and network failures before customers notice any problems and, with the same unit, identify and mitigate the pressure events contributing to those leaks and bursts.

Ben Smither, vice-president of engineering at Syrinix, acknowledged Hendy’s emphasis on a modern solution: “Modern utilities must monitor for developing leaks while performing real-time analysis of pressure transient events. Combining leak notifications with high-resolution pressure monitoring with zone alarms, Pipeminder-One Acoustic empowers operators with the data to save time and money, and improve performance.”