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Desde 1970, SAIDI es la empresa de referencia en Control de Fluidos (Válvulas, Accesorios, Tecnologías de Sellado). Formamos parte de KLINGER, una multinacional con más de cien años de historia y una gran reputación, con presencia en mas de 40 países de todo el mundo.

Now in 3D

Introducing ATMECO’s leak visualization services

Drones as the proverbial “eye in the sky” and revolutionary imaging technologies, for example Google Street View, have led to astounding new ways of interacting with the world we live in. Refining and enhancing these techniques for its own industry-related purposes, the Australian KLINGER company ATMECO offers its customers both bird’s eye and detailed 3D views of their facilities. Join us as we take a closer look.

Panoramics form the basis of ATMECO’s 3D visualizations

Formed in 2002, ATMECO’s mission is to ensure the component integrity of its clients’ facilities. “Our work in the energy and resource sector has shown that between five and twelve percent of the utilized components are mechanically
compromised,” explains Silvio Stojic, Managing Director of ATMECO, and adds: “Even new plants can have component emission rates as high as five percent.” For a plant operator, these findings do not bode well: They result in product and energy losses, increased plant operation costs and may also pose a threat to assets, personnel and the environment. The good news is that the only component integrity specialist in the Asia Pacific region has built up an impressive array of detection technologies and services to pinpoint the source of even the most fleeting losses.

Eye in the sky: The aerial drones can be fitted with a wide range of sensors

Full disclosure

“Our survey and detection technologies are tailored to meet the industry requirements of our customers,” states Silvio, “ATMECO’s scope includes integrity surveys for the detection of gas, vapor and liquid leaks as well as emission surveys, which are used for process, bioreactors, landfill and sewage treatment plants.” For its latest service offering, the Australian leak detection and maintenance specialist took to the skies: Under the abbreviation RPAS – Remote Piloted Aerial Systems – ATMECO now uses drones for the short and long-range monitoring of pipeline infrastructure and for pipe crack detection. Capturing the images, however, is only the first step. “To provide our customers with a state of the art representation, we carry out monoscopic or stereoscopic surveys and subsequently create 3D models of the facilities we have inspected.” This is typically achieved by means of a 360° camera mounted on the drone in the case of aerial surveys, or via a camera stand in the event of ground-based assignments. The individual images, around 50 for small sections and up to 1,000 for large areas of a facility, are then stitched together to create three-dimensional, interactive visualizations. The customer can access the 3D models through ATMECO’s proprietary Component Integrity Management System, also known as CIMS. As the images are digitalized,  they can also be tagged with additional information. “We not only highlight detected leaks, but can also report on the condition of the assets themselves,” states Silvio, “in other words, the customer can review the actual state of his facilities and verify our findings by virtually walking through them.”

In 3D: A customer plant, ready for inspection in ATMECO’s Component Integrity Management System (CIMS)

“To provide our customers with a state of the art representation, we carry out monoscopic or stereoscopic surveys and subsequently create 3D models of the facilities we have inspected.”

Silvio Stojic,
Managing Director of ATMECO

No limits

Working with drones provides a number of benefits. First and foremost among them is the relative ease with which challenging areas can be reached: Using an aerial drone to inspect water towers, flare stacks, and even the corresponding ducts might still involve some ace-flying on the side of the company’s certified drone operators, but it is significantly less time-consuming and decidedly more cost-effective than a manual, rope-access inspection. Furthermore, entire pipe systems and confined spaces are now also well within reach – by means of drones that crawl along the corresponding interior sections. “Our RPAS offering was initially developed to provide our customers with immediate critical asset integrity survey outcomes,” summarizes Silvio, “as a result of our outstanding success we have now branched out into other industries as well: Next to traditional oil & gas production facilities, water technology and the process industry, RPAS services are now also available for utility distribution networks as well as for the pulp & paper, the power generation, and the dairy industry.”

Drones can reach even the most inaccessible areas

For your eyes only

14th Swiss District Heating Conference attendees enjoy exclusive insights

The Swiss District Heating Conference, co-organized by the FRANZ GYSI AG and KLINGER, is the most visible highlight of a cooperation between the two companies that has already spanned multiple generations. Held every summer since 2004, this year’s visit to Vienna’s district heating operator Fernwärme Wien promised to be especially interesting: With a tour of the cogeneration plant in Vienna-Simmering and the large-scale heat pump installed there.

Vienna calling: the participants of the 14th Swiss District Heating Conference

The Swiss District Heating Conference comprises experts from Swiss district heating and planning companies, who are very much interested in what the Austrian capital has to offer. And while Franz Gysi, CEO of the FRANZ GYSI AG, makes certain that there is enough opportunity for cultural appreciation as well, he knows what his attendees have primarily come to see: “With its 1,100 kilometer long transport network and three major waste incineration plants, the district heating company provides heating for more than 340,000 households and 6,500 industry customers in Vienna,” he explains, adding: “These facts, coupled with the state of the art technology utilized here, are what really attract our Swiss partners and customers.”

Up close

The success of the annual Swiss District Heating Conference has many reasons. Both organizers, Franz Gysi and KLINGER Fluid Control, agree, however, that the hands-on experience it offers its participants is at the top of the list. “Fernwärme Wien allows us to tour all their major facilities and provides experts to answer any questions we may have,” states Franz Gysi, “due to the background of our delegates, we are also allowed into areas usually not shown to the public.”

KLINGER valves in Central Europe’s largest heat pump

Never seen before

The latter became very obvious in the course of the 14th Swiss District Heating Conference. As reported in the last issue of the KLINGER News, Wien Energie, the energy utility to which Fernwärme Wien belongs, is currently erecting Central Europe’s largest heat pump at the Simmering cogeneration plant. “We were the first delegation given the opportunity to tour this facility,” Franz Gysi is proud to report, and adds: “With regard to the project, they have entered the cold commissioning phase. This means that the pipes have already been welded together and the valves installed.” What it also signifies, however, is that the individual components have not been covered up yet. “For somebody working in the field of district heating, being able to see a facility in this state is mostly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can’t really get any closer to the interior workings of the system than this, unless you are of course part of the project yourself,” summarizes Franz Gysi, explaining why this year’s Swiss District Heating Conference was yet another success and why it will always be fondly remembered by its participants.