WSAA completes first smart lining field trial

The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) has completed the first smart lining field trial as part of Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program.

The proposal to the CRC was made in August 2018 seeking AU$3 million in government funding to support the research and validation of liners for pipeline rehabilitation.

In February 2019, the first field trial of calcium aluminate cement and geopolymer coatings has been completed as part of the WSAA-led CRC Smart Linings for Pipe and Infrastructure program.

The project is a collaboration between WSAA, manufacturers, applicators, utilities, and researchers, and seeks to improve and validate product and application knowledge, enabling the development of industry standards, specifications and tools and confirming the demand for lining technologies.

The technical deliverables of the program include developing industry standards and guidance documents, analytical tests for validation and lining tests, field testing, and the development and testing of multi-sensor robot prototypes.

The improvements to the design and application of smart lining products will include the commercialisation of intelligent sensing technologies, extended infrastructure life, market growth for Australian lining subject matter experts, and enhanced local lining knowledge and capacity.

For more information visit the WSAA website.

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