A Pittsburgh-based technology company has created a robotic device designed to inspect sewage systems. The semi-autonomous robots will be set up in Peachtree City, Georgia, where they will be responsible for recording data as they navigate their way through sewer pipes. The data collected will then be sent to the Water and Sewage Authority to determine what needs to be fixed to better plan future projects. The video the robots record are high-quality and will allow the user to pan and zoom when they want more detail, according to The Citizen.
According to WASA General Manager Stephen Hogan, the robotic devices will cost the same amount of money as a traditional sewer pipe inspection, however the robot is able to cover more area in less time.
“The data that would have taken us 15 years to gather by conventional televising methods will now take only 15 months,” he told the news source. “During the early years of the authority’s history, a portion of our sewer system was built originally by developers, so we’d like to have a better idea of the condition of these older portions of our infrastructure, before we prioritize scheduled rehabilitation where needed.”
The robots began scanning the sewage system on April 9, according to the source.