We can tell where the leak is detected and when,” says Steven Koles, president of Hifi Engineering in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Hifi uses a specialized fiber-optic sensing technology to measure sound, temperature changes and kinetic energy – movement and vibration – in pipelines….
Hifi can narrow down the leak location to a 10-meter radius. But that’s not all. “We can detect all kinds of different data,” Koles says. “We can let the [client’s] control room listen to the leak in real time. We can detect machinery that is working above ground [near a pipe]. We can track it and detect its speed. We can detect unique temperature events like a forest fire.” A recent project is a 150-kilometer new-build pipeline completed for Husky Energy. “This is one of the longest pipelines in the world with fully distributed sensing (every inch),” Koles says.
Hifi Engineering of Calgary can detect leaks within a ten-meter radius of pipelines that are thousands of miles long
Energy & Mining International Vol. 17, Issue 1, January 2019
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