Hydro-Quebec, ASI enter agreement to commercialize WireScan laser scanner

ASI Services Techniques Inc., a division of ASI Group Ltd., and Canadian energy provider Hydro Québec have signed an agreement for the commercialization of the WireScan laser scanning tool for components of dams associated with hydroelectric projects.

This new technology was developed by the Hydro-Quebec research and development team and can precisely measure components such as stop log and gate slots above and below the waterline.

WireScan produces engineering-level, three-dimensional data, providing dam owners measurable and benchmark data that are critical for condition assessment and asset management. The WireScan data enables dam owners to identify anomalies and allow for planned repairs, thereby optimizing refurbishment strategies, while reducing the risk of consequential gate failure. This technology also significantly reduces risks for workers by limiting traditional manned inspections.

“ASI is committed to being a world leader in underwater technologies, and we are excited to be able to offer our clients this new technology. The WireScan will allow us to provide our clients with invaluable data,” said Carmen Sferrazza, president and chief executive officer of ASI Group Ltd. “This contract award will allow ASI to market this technology and services worldwide.”

“ASI is a company with significant expertise in the remote inspection of underwater infrastructure, as well as a global reach. This experience will allow other utilities to benefit from our WireScan technology” said Patrick Judge, head of business development for Hydro-Québec innovations.

ASI provides underwater inspection, maintenance and repair, and biofouling (mussel) monitoring and control services throughout the world.

Hydro-Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity. It is Canada’s largest electricity producer and uses mainly renewable generating options, in particular large hydro. Hydro-Québec operates a vast hydroelectric production park consisting of 688 dams, 62 hydroelectric plants and 99 spillways. Its research facilities, Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Québec (IREQ), conduct R&D in energy-related fields, including energy efficiency and storage.

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