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Posted on: September 24, 2015

Lombard Public Works Utilizes Sophisticated Digital Camera to Develop Long Term Manhole Maintenance

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Starting the week of September 28th, the Village of Lombard’s Public Works will begin a new program that will assess the condition of various manholes throughout the Village. This will be accomplished with the help of modern digital camera technology.

Public Works and their contractor Midwest Water will use a sophisticated digital camera to visually inspect the condition of both sanitary and storm manholes to determine what if any maintenance/rehabilitation may be needed. This information will be used to generate a series of service contracts that will address deficient structures with the appropriate restoration or rehabilitation required.

The camera eliminates the need of confined space entry requirements that are required for personnel to perform a full descent into a manhole. This is not only safer for Public Works employees, but this process is also faster and much more economical. The camera is lowered into the structure and optically scans the entire interior of the manhole in one single vertical run that only takes a few seconds. The digitally transmitted image data is viewed by the operator as if it were a live picture. The condition of the manhole is then assessed directly on site, or in an office. The firm has done work of this nature for the City of Naperville, City of Highland Park, Village of Olympia Fields, and the South Palos Township Sanitary District.

The intent of the program is to operate on a four year cycle. The first year will be dedicated to televising with cameras, evaluating, and cataloging all the identified manholes. During the following three years, a series of construction contracts will be prepared, which will specifically address the recommended rehabilitation/replacement strategies, procedures and methods based on the inspection results. This cycle will then repeat on a four year interval. The program is intended to be dynamic and may be altered as additional data is compiled and analyzed.

The Manhole Inspection and Maintenance Program was included in the Village’s current 10 year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), was approved in 2014. The focus of the current CIP is improving and maintaining the Village’s infrastructure. The CIP is reviewed yearly. Please contact Lombard’s Public Works Department at (630)620-5740 for more information.

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