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  • Location: Town of Newburgh, Indiana

As part of the Capacity Management Operation & Maintenance (CMOM), The Town of Newburgh, Indiana annually cleans and inspects 10% of their sanitary collection system. Their work has primarily focused on ensuring that their pipes are open and flowing. Much of the video captured provides a good overall condition of the pipe but is otherwise un-coded per the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) requirements. During the inspection phase, video is captured with the intent of using a different field coding system from the standard NASSCO coding. This way of inspecting and coding takes a substantial amount of time as the video format is not easily or quickly processed via manual entry.

B&N used their artificial intelligence software, PipeAIdTM, to process inspection data for approximately 20,000 linear feet of pipe. The Town was also interested in comparing subsequent years’ inspection data on the same piece of pipe. Inspection data from two years was provided for each pipe segment turning 20,000 linear feet of data into 40,000 linear feet. PipeAId assessment provides an objective look at a pipe’s condition providing a very transparent process. Additionally, using PipeAId to evaluate two years’ worth of data for the same pipe inspection allows the Town to see how quickly their buried assets are deteriorating, thus enabling them to maximize a pipe’s useful life and rehab/replace it before failing.

In comparing the pipes data two things were apparent, none of the inspected pipes had deteriorated enough in the last 5+ years to warrant rehab/replacement and the Towns proactive point repair program was effective at extending the sewer’s useful life and saving money by avoiding emergency repairs. PipeAId provided digital format deliverables to incorporate into the Town’s existing GIS. This gives a visual display of a pipe’s condition and geo-located each defect documented within PipeAId. This data provided a high level of transparency on a pipe’s condition and reliable data to support data-driven decisions on the Town’s rehab/replace/maintain strategies. The mapping also serves as an effective tool for the field staff to facilitate conversations with residents and better inform stakeholders and residents about the Town’s proactive CMOM program.