Agreement signed for commercialization of WireScan technology

18 February 2021

Hydro-Québec has entered a commercialization agreement for its patented WireScan technology with ASI Services Techniques Inc (ASI), a division of ASI Group Ltd.

WireScan, developed by the Hydro-Québec research and development team, is a laser scanning tool that can precisely measure hydro facility components, such as stop logs and gate slots, above and below the waterline.

It produces engineering-level, three-dimensional scans, providing dam owners with detailed data that are critical for condition assessment and asset management. WireScan enables dam owners to identify anomalies and plan repairs, thereby optimizing refurbishment strategies while reducing the risk of consequential gate failure. This technology also significantly reduces risks for workers by minimizing traditional manned inspections, says Hydro-Québec.

“ASI is committed to being a world leader in underwater technologies, and we are excited to offer our clients this new technology. WireScan will enable us to provide our clients with invaluable data,” said Martin Beaudry, President of ASI Services Techniques. “This contract will allow ASI to market this technology and related services worldwide.”

“ASI is a company with global reach and significant expertise in the remote inspection of underwater infrastructure. That experience will allow other utilities to benefit from our WireScan technology,” added Patrick Judge, Manager – Business Development – Innovative Solutions at Hydro-Québec.

ASI and Hydro-Québec worked hand in hand to specify the details for the production and commercialization of the WireScan technology in a joint agreement.

The WireScan being deployed to inspect a structure. Courtesy Hydro-Quebec

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