SmartMembrane: The Future Of Leak Detection
REVOLUTIONISING WATERPROOFING INDUSTRY
BACKGROUND / PROBLEM:
In last 50 years, most things related to construction material changed and evolved. Waterproofing layers revolved as well, however most of the advancements happened in the chemical composition, form and the application method. However, LEAKAGES in any waterproofing membranes are an ongoing problem and more advanced investigative methods for detection are limited to a niche industry with their own limitations.
Most of the advanced Electronic Leak Detection methodologies work effectively on ‘Exposed’
waterproofing layer scenario. The challenge is however to troubleshoot the leaking zone, once the waterproofing layer is covered by any overburden assembly.
In majority of cases ‘moisture entry point’ through the breach in concealed waterproofing layer is usually different than the actual ‘moisture exit point’ – a leak. If we inject grout from bottom, we get into vicious cycle, since in the matter of time, leaks will start to appear from some place else.
We have to start by accepting that the very best of waterproofing applications might leak in future due to reasons out of the control of membrane manufacturer. The question is, what do you then to resolve the problem instead of starting a blame game ?
ROOFTECH through its intensive R&D efforts, launched a proprietary SmartMembraneTM, which has inbuilt sensors that can detect the concealed leaking zones in real-time!
SmartMembrane™ is a sensor scrim that is laid directly on the top of any electrically isolating
waterproofing layer and under neath any overburden assembly coming on the top of the
membrane. Including SmartMembrane™ in the built up assembly, allows the user to troubleshoot & i d en t i f y l e a k a g e s i n t h e ‘ c o n c e a l e d ‘ waterproofing layer, without the need to remove the overburden !
Most of the waterproofing layers act like an isolator of electric current. This means they have electrical resistance to a great extent. SmartMembraneTM sensor sheet divides the entire monitoring area in small zones (1.5 m x 1.5m or Larger ) and constantly monitors the electrical resistance values of the waterproofing layer on which it is laid on. Any drop in electrical resistance more than a pre-defined limits will trigger an alarm and leakages in the concealed waterproofing layer is identified with zonal accuracy.
User has an option of selecting PASSIVE or ACTIVE System.
PASSIVE System basically leaves SmartMembrane™ and junction cables at pre-defined locations allowing ROOFTECH technician to plug-in his SmartNode and identify leakages by zonal accuracy. The scanning can be done in a scheduled manner as a part of annual check up or during the instances of leakages upon request of client.
ACTIVE System does not need a physical presence of a technician to monitor the health of waterproofing layer. Instead, SmartNode are installed in the landscape area at a pre-approved locations which basically collects the data constantly and upload the same on ROOFTECH’s cloud server. This allows the monitoring of waterproofing layers in Real-Time. Automated reports are generated in drawing, graphical and tabular forms which clients can monitored directly from ROOFTECH’s website. Alerts can be configured by emails, phone, text or can be integrated with Building Management Systems (BMS).
SmartMembraneTM product line is available from ROOFTECH ENTERPRISES P. LTD. – a company based out of INDIA. ROOFTECH has been working as a Third Party Quality Assurance company for waterproofing layers using the most advanced and appropriate Electronic Leak Detection methodologies. In the span of five years, ROOFTECH has tested on over 9 million Sq.Ft. and enjoys corporate clientele like Reliance, Samsung, L&T, Adani, Aditya Birla, Tata, Tremco etc.
More details can be found on www.rooftechent.com
The Future of Leak Detection is Here !