• Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to assess 260km of Goldfields Pipeline
  • UAVs can check up to 10kms of pipeline in a matter of minutes

The State Government will use cutting edge technology to inspect a 112 year-old globally recognised engineering landmark.

Acting Water Minister Terry Redman said Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) would be used to perform a visual inspection of the Goldfields Pipeline – enabling up to 10 kilometres of pipe to be inspected in a matter of minutes.

“This is truly bringing the old world and new world together – using advanced technology to inspect a 112 year old pipeline,” Minister Redman said.

“Using UAVs means initial visual inspections of pipelines can be carried out in a more efficient and cost effective way.

“An operator can fly the UAV at 60 kilometres an hour to inspect both sides of a pipeline, capturing high resolution images of its condition.

“Any indicators captured in this initial visual inspection, such as rust stains and corrosion, are then further assessed and used to prioritise sections of the pipeline for repair.

Water Corporation will use UAVs to inspect around 260 kilometres of pipeline in the Goldfields region throughout June, including pipelines around Bullabulling, Kalgoorlie, Korarawalyee, Ghooli, Dedari, Southern Cross, Merredin, Chidlow and Meckering.

The original 557 kilometre long Goldfields Pipeline was built by CY O’Connor in 1903 to transport water from Mundaring to Kalgoorlie. 

At first it only supplied the towns of Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie but over the years was extended to cover vast areas of agricultural farmland and the Eastern Goldfields.

Water Corporation has prepared comprehensive assessments to protect and respect the privacy of those who live near the areas of the pipeline which will be photographed using the UAV.  

Fact File

  • More than 100,000 people are supplied with water through the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme, which includes the Goldfields Pipeline.
  • For more information about the UAV inspection of the Goldfields Pipeline, including details of privacy assessments, visit Water Corporation’s website http://www.watercorporation.com.au



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