Advanced Remote Sensing Offers Key to Identifying Pipeline Risks

August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

By Logan McConnell, Engineer, Quantum Spatial

With over 2.9 million miles of pipeline transporting natural gas, oil and other hazardous liquid across the United States, ensuring public safety and infrastructure security is of the utmost importance. High-profile incidents such as the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion and the natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon underground storage facility underscore the impact of problems caused by pipeline failures. Current remote-sensing technologies are making it easier and more cost-effective for utilities to continually survey assets, inspect for problems and proactively address potential concerns. It only takes a quick glance at the headlines to…

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