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Solinas Technologies Appoints Timothy Preager as Chief Operating Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : 2024.06.14

Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Solinas Technologies, an emerging leader in innovative acoustic pipe location technology, is pleased to announce the appointment of Timothy Preager as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Tim joins Solinas from Aercoustics Engineering Ltd., where he served as Vice President and Principal for over 18 years, bringing a wealth of experience in acoustic, noise, and vibration product engineering as well as strategic growth leadership and operational excellence.

Tim Preager’s tenure at Aercoustics was marked by significant contributions to the company’s expansion and innovation. His natural leadership, deep technical knowledge, and strategic insights were pivotal in enhancing operational efficiencies and driving growth. At Solinas, Tim will focus on scaling the company’s groundbreaking technology and spearheading commercialization efforts.

Marc Bracken, CEO of Solinas Technologies, expressed his excitement about Tim’s arrival: “We are thrilled to welcome Tim Preager to Solinas. His extensive background in acoustic technologies and proven leadership skills make him the perfect fit for our team at this pivotal stage. Tim’s expertise will be instrumental as we scale our operations to effectively bring our novel pipe location technology to market.”

Tim will oversee the daily operations at Solinas Technologies, ensuring that the company’s innovative solutions are effectively developed and deployed. His role will be crucial in advancing Solinas’ mission to revolutionize the pipe location industry with state-of-the-art acoustic technology.

“I am beyond excited to join Solinas Technologies and reunite with my previous business partner Marc Bracken,” said Tim. “Solinas has developed pipe location technology that is truly next-level and to be part of its growth trajectory at this early stage is an incredible opportunity.”

For more information about Solinas Technologies and its innovative products, please visit www.solinastechnologies.com.

Media Contact: press@solinastechnologies.com

About Solinas Technologies:

At Solinas Technologies our mission is to develop locating technologies, where no locating has been possible, with a focus on public safety. We have two primary technologies:  Accurate location of plastic pipe without tracer wire installed on it has long been an issue for both gas and water utilities. While acoustical methods have been used in the past to find plastic pipe, they have had only limited effectiveness. We have developed a new innovative patented technology for plastic pipe location using acoustics that is both fast and effective.  An acoustic technology technology to rapidly locate and document the location of Lead Service Lines (LSL’s) to help water utilities prioritize them for replacement. The technology works by placing an acoustic executor and transducer on a service key. There is no need to enter the house or building, making the technology very efficient and fast to implement.

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Solinas Technologies Receives Cleveland Water Alliance Open Innovation Award

Release Date: September 14, 2023 

Solinas Technologies is thrilled to announce we have been selected by the prestigious Cleveland Water Alliance 2023 Open Innovation Challenge seeking innovative solutions to detect underground lead, copper, or galvanized steel pipes.

Established in 2014, Cleveland Water Alliance is a recognized authority in nurturing innovation for the water sector. CWA’s strength lies in a robust testbed infrastructure and distinguished industry expertise, all dedicated to advancing market-driven innovation and sustainable solutions for water-related challenges. CWA’s commitment is underscored by an investment exceeding $500,000 in early-stage innovations.

The CWA’s 2023 Open Innovation Challenge aims to find solutions that can detect service lines or pipes made from lead, copper, or galvanized steel, which are buried underground between commercial and residential properties and the water main. The challenge was open to innovators with early stage concepts and does not require a complete solution or prototype.

The 2023 Open Innovation Challenge extends beyond financial incentives. It provides a global platform for innovators, granting access to grant funding and potential buyers. Participants gain exclusive access to testbeds, enabling them to validate market-driven innovations in partnership with industry leaders.

Judges participated from the following organizations:

  • Cleveland Water
  • City of Sandusky, Ohio
  • Water Works of Cincinnatti, Ohio
  • City of Akron, Ohio
  • AQUA

Solinas will use the development grant and auxillary services as part of the award to further existing work leveraging acoustic engineering principles and advanced signal processing to differentiate between buried material types. The premise of the Solinas Technologies patent pending approach is that copper and Lead service lines and galvanized material have drastically different mechanical properties and physical geometries. Their different densities, elasticity, diameter, and thickness contribute to the pipe’s vastly different natural frequencies. With our technology we can excite these pipes at their natural frequencies and successfully identify their unique acoustic signatures which allows us to easily identify lead copper galvanized or even mixed pipe systems without interruption of the water supply or access to the home.

We are very appreciative of the support offered by the Cleveland Water Alliance and look forward to working alongside with the Alliance in the waterline research facility to further our understanding of acoustic behaviors in different soil types and geographies.

The Solinas Technologies vision is that our device would provide the final material type confirmation before a shovel is put in the ground.