The J.N.H. Tiratsoo Commemorative Whitepaper
For years, pipeline operators have relied on human observers flying at low altitude to perform visual inspection of their ROW, without any automatic documentation or detection system. This paper presents the first real-life results of a test campaign performed by Flyscan Systems, integrating detection algorithms developed by Enbridge, over ROWs of 7 operators in 7 US states and 2 Canadian provinces. Capabilities tested includes crude oil and refined product leak detection, real-time detection, location, and reporting of threats in the ROW, as well as generation of high-definition imaging, vegetation analysis and digital surface ground mapping. Statistics and real-life examples will be presented, including real unplanned threats as well as simulated and hidden leaks and encroachments.