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Costain in nuclear pipe inspection innovation

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Costain has unveiled plans to use augmented reality to assess radioactive pipelines for cracks and breakages in a pilot project with EDF Energy.

The company said millions of pounds can be saved through its reinvention of visual inspection equipment for boiler tubes. It will build on EDF’s miniature pipe inspection camera by developing an infrared version that will use augmented reality in assessments. The cost saving will come through the ability to change pipes based on their condition rather than routine replacements regardless of condition.

The current footage produced by camera is problematic because its own illuminator can distort sections of the pipe. Costain’s technology aims to provide a more even image, produced every three to six months. The images will be overlaid using augmented reality to provide a clear indication of any damage.

“We are extremely excited to start developing this technology with EDF. Innovation and technology is at the heart of everything we do here at Costain, so it is great to be able to merge the two to create something that will boost efficiency and lower costs in the energy industry,” said EDF account manager at Costain Loretta Browne.

Costain nuclear business development director Tony Davies added: “The technology we will produce will have a positive long-term impact on both EDF and their customers and we hope to see it being utilised over the upcoming year.”

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