Mid-November Rudy Dijkstra, CEO at Acquaint, joined the DIO podcast – a platform for sharing knowledge about subjects that are used in daily practice. The subject for a good conversation was Acquaint and the Do It Yourself Pipe Scanner. Rudy, always enthusiastic, looks back on an interesting recording day with interviewer Nienke Kappetein.
The expert shares his expertise
Although special words such as ‘fun factor’, ‘a touch of sex appeal’ and ‘flatten the curve’ were mentioned during the interview, these all relate to the work and analysis of data from researches in the water sector. Rudy is therefore serious: “the global water sector is facing an enormous challenge and everyone’s future and well-being depends on it”.
Rudy explains in the podcast the problems, the technical solutions and the future-proof approach.
The Do It Yourself concept in times of Corona
Of course Corona is mentioned on which Rudy responds that especially in these times, when we need to keep distance, the Pipe Scanner is an ideal solution. The technician of the water company, the water board or the municipality ‘suddenly’ becomes the pipeline inspector and takes the measurements when it suits him or her. The data from the measurements is sent to Acquaint, where specialists analyse the scan results.
Pipe Scans worldwide
Almost every water board or water company in the Netherlands has become acquainted with the Pipe Scanner in one way or another. But not only the Netherlands has a large pipeline network that needs to be maintained, inspected and repaired. With pride Rudy says: “In January the first Pipe Scanners will be shipped across the world to Australia and America. These countries have many similarities with the Netherlands with regard to the composition of the pipeline network and the problems. Condition assessments will be taken to predict future pipeline failure”.
The future is our goal
When he is asked where he sees Acquaint, himself and the Pipe Scanner in five years’ time, Rudy is clear: “In five years’ time we understand why pipelines are aging and failing. This knowledge will be developed and ultimately the asset manager will have an early insight when to intervene. The short and long-term planning is becoming increasingly accurate. We are moving towards the autopilot. This by combination technology and models: that’s where the solution is ”.
Rudy emphasises on the enormous task and that our future and well-being depend on it. Can you imagine that there is no water from the tap or that you cannot dispose your waste water. Because of the latter, the rats will be on the streets.
The entire podcast can be listened to via Spotify. Check the link.
Would you like to know more about the Pipe Scanner and what it could mean for your pipeline network? Please contact Robbert Lodewijks for a demonstration: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The KEI 2019 regulation of EFRO enables us to further professionalise with regard to the development of our inspection tools to collect cloud data. The subsidy was partly made possible by SNN and EFRO. More information can be found on the website of SNN.