An integrated pipeline monitoring system utilizing unmanned aerial systems and data analytics

S. Fargo, L. Phillips, A. Alaeddini, V. Maldonado, A. Montoya

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Abstract

Midstream Integrity Services (MIS), in association with The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), developed a pipeline management system that uses unmanned aerial systems (UAS) inspection and sensing technologies along pipelines to provide decision support in the selection of optimal rehabilitation and repair actions. The investigators evaluated the ability of UASs fitted with special sensors to perform inspection protocols and data collection for analysis. The main activities include the development of: (1) pipeline patrol and monitoring via content-based image retrieval and algorithm identification, (2) an innovative gas leak detection system based on laser beam scatter analysis, (3) a wireless transmission system to acquire cathodic protection data and pipe-to-soil potential measurements, and (4) an integrative analytical tool for smart diagnostics and prognostics of pipelines focused on control room management. The successful implementation of this novel and simultaneous pipeline monitoring system will be of major significance to federal and state pipeline related agencies and industries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication94th Annual Convention of the Gas Processors Association 2015 - Midstream Momentum
Subtitle of host publicationKeep it Moving!
PublisherGas Processors Association
Pages111-115
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781510820159
StatePublished - 2015
Event94th Annual Convention of the Gas Processors Association 2015 - Midstream Momentum: Keep it Moving! - San Antonio, United States
Duration: Apr 12 2015Apr 15 2015

Publication series

NameGPA Annual Convention Proceedings
Volume2015-January
ISSN (Print)0096-8870

Conference

Conference94th Annual Convention of the Gas Processors Association 2015 - Midstream Momentum: Keep it Moving!
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio
Period04/12/1504/15/15

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