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Aquam launches advanced ROV for real-time pipeline assessment

Jun 12, 2018

Aquam has launched Amplus, an advanced remote operated vehicle (ROV) for use in pressurised water, wastewater, and industrial pipe applications. The data-driven technology represents a new era in municipal analysis and preventative assessment for water and other pipe-based infrastructure.

Amplus’ allows Aquam to provide customers with remaining pipeline lifespan calculations through high resolution imagery and pinpointed real-time data, enabling customers to develop informed maintenance and replacement strategies that optimise limited financial budgets. Amplus is set to be deployed by Aquam service providers with commercial, residential, utility, and municipal customers in the US and UK within the next 30 days.


Data-driven information is the future of infrastructure management and the key to preventing mainline bursts. With a minimal incision, we’re able to obtain real-time data on leaks, flow, blockage, corrosion, and pipe thickness – critical information to developing and executing a cost-effective rehabilitation plan,
said Cameron Manners, Aquam’s chief technology officer.

Adding this cutting-edge technology to our pipe diagnostics offerings ensures our customers have the necessary data to extend budget and spend smarter.

As technology improves and reduces in size, the opportunities for adopting remotely operated vehicles and robotics are rising; ROVs have become increasingly common in industries ranging from ocean and space exploration, to surgery, telecommunications, resource extraction and infrastructure maintenance.

The underwater ROV market alone is projected to increase from US$2.69 billion in 2017 to US$5.20 billion by 2022. Amplus’ state of the art technology uses both forward and reversing high definition cameras, ultrasonic scanners and acoustic hydrophone sensors for collecting and transmitting comprehensive and high-resolution analysis of pipelines in real-time.

Deployed through access points as small as 100mm (4”) the ability to crawl through pipelines regardless of flow or pressure, is one of the strongest differentiators for Amplus.

Key features of Amplus include:

  • Lifespan analysis
  • Assessment capability of 2,000m (6,560’) in one deployment
  • Comprehensive condition assessment data
  • Forward and reversing high definition camera systems
  • 1,000 (3,280’) cable tether
  • Ultrasonic scanning head
  • Hydrophone
  • 512hz sonde
  • Two-motor axle mechanisms
  • Two-motor drive mechanisms
  • Stainless steel launch tube mechanism
  • Fully programmable using patented Amplus software

The versatility of Amplus will change the way that the industry approaches infrastructure management,
said Dan Squiller, chief executive, Aquam. “Our products bring sustainable solutions to infrastructure challenges, and with Amplus we’re not only able to empower our customers to take control of their future, but we’ve also provided them with the tools to develop an expedient solution, saving them substantial emergency funds in the process.

The addition of Amplus into Aquam’s portfolio represents an industry breakthrough as we bring the most innovative and advanced solutions to our customers.

Amplus will debut at the American Water Works Association ACE18 conference and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in Las Vegas on 11-14 June 2018.

Aquam will be exhibiting at Singapore International Water Week 8-12 July 2018