Oct 26, 2020
CASE STUDY: Adding ‘ears’ to pipeline monitoring
From our control centre operators to our detailed maintenance and inspection programs and regular ground and air patrols, there are a lot of eyes to ensure our pipelines that deliver the natural gas and oil that fuels our society do so safely. With Hifi’s new fiber optic technology currently being piloted on parts of our Keystone Pipeline System, we now also have ‘ears’ on pipeline monitoring.
Fiber optics ‘hear’ pipeline changes
Two fiber optic lines – one inside the pipeline and one outside – run the length of sections being piloted to provide an additional layer of safety. With data being processed at the speed of light, the fiber optic lines can report changes in pipeline sound, movement and temperature that could result from natural events, such as earthquakes, or man-made impacts such as construction.
With this data, the aim is for pipeline companies to be able to respond more quickly to possible leaks and apply ‘lessons learned’ to prevent future leaks.