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Fotech presents ‘new and promising’ research showing DAS sensitivity in leak detection

Fotech continues to establish itself as the leading authority on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), unveiling exciting new research on the technology at the Pipeline Technology Conference. Dr Peter Hayward, Technology Officer at Fotech, was in Berlin to present the findings, which show DAS has the ability to detect ground displacement associated with small leaks in pipelines that would otherwise remain undetected.

“Over the course of time, as a leak remains undetected, it would soak the surrounding soil, and that soil will start swelling and increase in volume and size,” Peter explains….“For the first time, we showed that DAS technology can also identify very small, very low rates of soil expansion….Peter is also excited by the potential this application of DAS has outside the oil and gas industry. “The benefit of what we’ve shown is not just for leak detection in pipelines: if we can detect very small ground movements, it can ultimately be developed for avalanche detection, detection of geo-hazards such as landslides, earthslips, or for dam breaks. The technology has greater benefits for the safety of the human race, long term.”

Fotech presents ‘new and promising’ research showing DAS sensitivity in leak detection
Fotech Solutions Blog April 3, 2019
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