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FOSA Congratulates UC Berkeley on US DoT Grant to Study Distributed Strain Sensing on Pipelines

August 24, 2020
Fiber Optic Sensing Association
Contact: Mark Uncapher, 240-685-1853

Fiber Optic Sensing Association Congratulates UC Berkeley on US DoT Grant to Study Distributed Strain Sensing on Pipelines

WASHINGTON DC - August 24, 2020 - The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the nation’s premier trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, congratulates Dr. Kenichi Soga and the University of California, Berkeley on its award from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). PHMSA awarded the University of California, Berkeley with $250,000 from its Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP). FOSA member Dr. Soga is the Donald H. McLaughlin Chair in Mineral Engineering and a Chancellor’s Professor at UC Berkeley. Their recent research activities can be found on the Soga Research Group, Berkeley Engineering website.

UC Berkeley will use the funding to examine the feasibility of using a new measurement system they have developed for long-term monitoring of buried gas pipelines that are potentially vulnerable to ground deformation across faults and landslides. The CAAP program supports university research and technological developments by graduate and PhD students that will improve the safety of the nation’s energy pipelines and promote industry investment in these solutions. The system developed by UC Berkeley will be tested at a PG&E site, and a commercialization plan for the system for pipeline monitoring will be developed thereafter.

In PHMSA’s grant announcement PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott stated, “The grants…continue to be an essential part of PHMSA’s commitment to protecting Americans. These grants will help states and communities develop specific solutions to meet their individual safety needs regarding hazardous materials and pipeline safety challenges.”

“This is a great reminder that FOSA maintains a repository of pre-screened Federal Government notices of funding opportunities for FOSA member’s exclusive use,” commented Mark Uncapher, Executive Director of FOSA. “This is a positive outcome of that effort and we hope to see more FOSA members benefit in the future.”

Earlier this year a team of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and UC Berkeley was awarded two projects by the California Energy Commission. The $2 million offshore wind project will be developing fiber optic sensor technology for monitoring gearboxes on floating wind turbines and detecting marine mammal activity near the turbine mooring lines. The $1.5 million natural gas project will develop fiber optic sensor technology for monitoring the boreholes of underground natural gas storage reservoirs for degradation and corrosion, in collaboration with PG&E.

FOSA is a non-profit organization created in Washington DC in 2017 with the mission of educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of fiber optic sensing. Through webinars, videos, white papers, public presentations and public policy advocacy, the organization provides information on the use of fiber optic sensing to secure critical facilities, enhance public safety and protect the environment. FOSA Members include AP Sensing, Aselsan, Asymmetric Technologies, Corning, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line, Fotech Solutions, Frauscher Sensonic GmbH AT, Graz University of Technology, Hifi Engineering, NBG Fiber Optic Corp., NEC, Network Integrity Systems, NKT Photonics, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, OZ Optics, Prysmian Group, Smartpipe Technologies, The Weir-Jones Group and the University of California - Berkeley. For further information, please visit the FOSA website.

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