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Why Fiber Optic Acoustic Sensing is the Best Way to Protect and Monitor Pipelines Against Physical Threats

Pipeline failure and intentional theft from pipelines can be devasting….cost a pipeline operator millions….leaks also pose a significant environmental risk that comes with a hefty clean-up price and potential litigation….Fiber optic sensing in the form of Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) is the answer. [Fotech Solutions] LivePIPE solution has been monitoring pipelines in real-time for years. It turns fiber optic cables running alongside a pipeline network into thousands of vibration sensors. LivePIPE monitors pipelines for leak detection as well as disturbances….If it takes six hours to identify a leak, a whopping 250 barrels will have escaped…..DAS detects leaks as small as 20 litres per minute from many different sized orifices, even as small as 1mm. The advanced sensing technology raises the alarm in just 90 seconds, by which time only 30 litres will have escaped.
Why Fiber Optic Acoustic Sensing is the Best Way to Protect and Monitor Pipelines Against Physical Threats
Fotech Solutions Blog 2021
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