Ground penetrating radar system

GSSI has updated its UtilityScan® GPR system, the industry standard for efficiently identifying and marking the location and depth of subsurface utilities. The newly released 3D data collection and playback mode for the premium UtilityScan® DF model now provides an x-ray like image of the ground in addition to the standard 2D mode, making it ideally suited for environmental assessment. The UtilityScan DF offers a non-intrusive means of examining the subsurface for common environmental hazards such as soil contamination, underground storage tanks and drums. This flexible equipment can also delineate landfills and pathways for contaminant flow, as well as conduct hydrogeologic investigations such as water table mapping.

Ideal for locating a variety of metallic and non-metallic targets, the UtilityScan DF has an innovative dual-frequency antenna and touch screen monitor that together allow users to simultaneously view shallow and deep targets in a single scan. Additionally, new software features allow users to input colored markers while using a GPS unit to aid in subsurface target classification.

Also available is the UtilityScan® LT, a lower-cost GPR solution based on the original UtilityScan, making it perfect for real-time subsurface target location. With a battery operation life of up to eight hours and a survey speed up to 6.25 mph (10 km/h), data collection is fast and efficient.

In addition to environmental assessment and utility detection, the UtilityScan family of GPR solutions is configurable to the needs of a variety of other applications, including road inspection, concrete scanning and geological, archaeological and forensic investigations. With 10 different cart, antenna and control unit configurations, the UtilityScan can be tailored to meet a wide range of needs and budgets. All UtilityScan configurations deliver exceptionally high-quality data and are rugged enough to withstand years of field usage. Additionally, GSSI offers unlimited, free training for two years, free lifetime support, and a 2 year warranty with the UtilityScan products.



Overhead distribution line disconnect, bypass switches

Power management company Eaton announced new disconnect and bypass switches designed to improve power reliability and simplify installation for utility customers. Eaton’s Cooper PowerTM series D-73P single-phase disconnect and bypass switches are engineered to provide durable switching, line sectionalizing and isolation on overhead distribution circuits. With UltraSILTM polymer insulators, the Eaton design reduces switch weight by 40 percent compared to porcelain equivalents, making installation easier and faster for utility linemen.

With UltraSIL polymer insulators, Eaton designed the Cooper Power series D-73P switches to provide advanced reliability and safety, while making the switches easier to install. The lightweight polymer makes it easier for linemen to install equipment, compared to traditional switches that use porcelain. The polymer insulators are designed to maintain mechanical strength and increased insulating performance in highly contaminated environments.



Grid-synchronized Inverter

Intepro, which produces power component and power system automated test equipment (ATE), introduces the ELR9000 Series of electronic DC loads. A unique feature of the ELR9000 Series is an integral, grid-synchronized inverter designed to return up to 94 percent of the load test energy back to the grid. The rack-mounted unit is available, off-the shelf, with output ratings of 3.5 kW, 7 kW and 10.5 kW—scalable to 105 kW.

The ELR9000 Series offers four common regulation modes: constant voltage, constant current, constant resistance and constant power. The FPGA-based operational controls include a function generator and a table-based regulation circuit for the simulation of non-linear internal resistances. Intepro’s PowerStar 6 software package enables the creation of test routines using a drag-and-drop menu where coding can be performed without programming.




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