TRACTO-TECHNIK UK wins PIG Utility Pipeline Technology Award for iCore system
TRACTO-TECHNIK UK are the 2018 winners of the prestigious Utility Pipeline Technology Award from the Pipeline Industries Guild.
This award, introduced in 2003, is made for the most significant contribution to the utility pipeline technology. The objective is to promote the development of the new ideas in the general field of utility pipeline technology.
The winning submission was based on the development and implementation of the iCore project, in conjunction with SGN and DNVGL. The iCore project includes the GRUNDOPITKS50 and long handled tooling specifically designed by TRACTO-TECHNIK to enable users to safely lay and connect a utility service pipe to a main underground from out of a ‘keyhole’ of 650 mm without the need for operators to enter an excavation.
The judges were impressed with the versatility and ease of use of the equipment – all mounted on a single vehicle to enable a two person team to carry out the complete operation.
The iCore system is now being operated by the UK’s biggest gas provider SGN in Scotland and will also be used by Brazilian gas supplier Comgás, proving significant cost savings and distinctively improved services creating interest from many companies.
On picking up the award with TRACTO-TECHNIK’s Business Development Director Matthew Izzard on board the HQS Wellington in London project consultant Billie Turner, who has overseen much of the process, said: “We are very proud to receive this award on behalf of all those who have worked so hard on overcoming the challenges faced on design and delivering a finished process to the industry. TRACTO-TECHNIK have always been at the front line of trenchless technology innovation and this award is great recognition of that.”
Following the UKSTT Innovation Award in 2017, the PIG Utility Pipeline Technology Award is the second award TRACTO-TECHNIK UK has received for the iCore system.