CUES, a leading manufacturer of closed-circuit television pipeline inspection equipment, has introduced an innovative new wireless manhole scanning technology--the SPiDER 3D manhole scanner.
The SPiDER scanner is the only truly wireless, color, manhole inspection technology in such a lightweight and compact form, said Pierre Mikhail, director of CUES Manhole Inspection Division.
“The Spider scanner provides a new outlook on how manhole data is collected and applied,” said Mikhail. “While other cameras and inspection devices use a payout reel to determine how deep the camera is in a manhole, the 13 kg, tether-less, self-contained SPiDER typically is deployed using a telescopic mast or tripod for stability.
“It is operated with a tablet computer which controls the scanners and lights. This technology frees manhole scanning from problems associated with inaccurate, poorly calibrated cable counters and poorly managed cables. SPiDER does not require a truck or data/ power cable for operational use. Scanning data is recorded on the unit.”
SPiDER collects millions of three-dimensional (3D) points during each manhole scan that provides engineering and survey quality information about manhole geometry and condition. Information gathered can be used for structural assessment, pre- and post- rehabilitation analysis, hydrological surveys, and for general condition assessment.
SPiDER is available now through worldwide distributors.
SPiDER produces three-dimensional (3-D), textured point cloud renderings of manhole geometry to provide three-dimensional visualization that can be imported into a wide range of 3D viewers and can be delivered in these file formats:
3D MPEG Video (.MPG)
Point Cloud (.PLY) which can be converted to Surface Model (.STL), CAD Model (.DXF), and Virtual Model (.OBJ)
Manhole Report using your preferred manhole inspection software
Spider provides a 190 degree field-of-view live video stream, an ideal tool for Infiltration and Inflow (I&I) studies which depend on live video to detect moving water.