Special optical technologies and software can transform fiber optic cables into sensing cables, solving the main challenge of monitoring long assets such as pipelines, power cables, tunnels, and train lines....DFOS
Pipeline failure and intentional theft from pipelines can be devasting….cost 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
NEC Intelligent Optical Fiber Sensing Solution…allows Communications Service Providers and optical fiber owners from around the world to utilize optical fiber as a sensor. This solution contributes to infrastructure maintenance by using AI to analyze vibrations detected with optical fibers
researchers at NEC have shown it is possible to monitor traffic using “lit” fiber after separating out sensor and telecom data. Giovanni Milione of NEC Laboratories America, and colleagues used such fiber in Dallas and New Jersey to record the speed of cars as accurately as can be done with cameras
“Our system will see all of the activity – authorized or not – and alert our customers so they have a chance to stop unauthorized digs before damage occurs,” said Craig Borkowski, CEO of Terra Sound Technology. "This not only preserves assets but also improves safety for workers, the public
"Repeatability precision error analysis of the distributed fiber optic strain monitoring" is the result of collaborative work between CSIC and UC Berkeley. It focuses on the precision error of distributed fiber optic sensor (DFOS)
California Energy Commission has invested resources in finding innovative ways to monitor future offshore wind infrastructure and its impacts on the environment. A project led by LBNL is looking at if distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS)
DFOS technologies are evaluated and compared for their ability to monitor the dynamic structural behavior of a model wind turbine tower subject to free and forced vibration. They are further tested for their ability to detect structural phenomena associated with loose bolts and material damage
innovative sources of real-world data to calibrate a widely used empirical relationship in traffic engineering....relationship between traffic volume and speed….This would benefit the transportation planning by pinpointing the bottlenecks
distributed fiber optic sensing has become more popular in tunneling applications....This paper introduces a novel sensing and evaluation concept, which combines DFOS strain measurements and geodetic displacement readings for distributed shape assessment along curved structures, such as tunnel
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Smart Cities Caucus Chair Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) introduced the Smart Cities and Communities Act to promote the use of smart city technologies and enhance federal coordination of these programs. This legislation is endorsed by FOSA.
Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. announced…FracSense™, a diagnostic service to help E&P customers acquire more accurate diagnostic well data to optimize hydraulic fracture completions and well spacing. Launched in partnership with OptaSense, a Luna Innovations company,
water for 1.4 million people…on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay, operating more than 4,000 miles of water pipelines in one of the most seismically active places in North America….Until now, there’s been no way for EBMUD to monitor its underground network of pipelines
HAWK's Fiber Optic Sensing System for Perimeter Security was selected by the Indian Army to detect intruders entering Indian territory....The Fiber Optic Sensing System was integrated into the Army's surveillance sensors
The future of technology is here: standard fiber optic cables used as continuous sensors for asset protection and monitoring. AP Sensing’s 5th Generation DAS, specifically, utilizes acoustic vibrations along the fiber optic cable in order to detect and precisely locate events
The Ditch Witch Division of Charles Machine Works will now offer the full product lines, parts and service for both the American Augers and Trencor brands....Ditch Witch invented the underground utility construction industry
Staffordshire County Council is working with Fotech to improve air quality through the use of fiber optic sensing technology. Fiber optic sensing technology is a unique way of detecting vehicle movements using standard telecom fibers that run next to the roadside.
Novel technique used by Faculty of Science geophysical research group could significantly reduce industry’s costs, improve operations….collaboration with…OptaSense, a Luna company, which specializes in fiber-optic based acoustic sensing
Cracking in clay is an important phenomenon that affects the long-term durability of many civil structures such as dams, levees, embankments, and landfills….Distributed fiber optic sensors (DFOS) were embedded…for strain monitoring
Optimizing Distributed Sensing Measurements in Multi-well Acquisition – looking at performance characteristics of systems and how multiple wells can improve our understanding of the reservoir…joint paper with the British Geologic Survey
Brugg Kabel & Swissgrid selected AP Sensing to monitor a new project at the Gaebihuebel in Switzerland....AP Sensing's 12-channel Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) system for power cable monitoring provides accurate temperature profiling for all power cable phases
Fault finding in cables using traditional route surveying methods is expensive, time-intensive and does not provide real-time monitoring….Fotech’s distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) technology enables much faster fault detection and repair
Fotech, a bp Launchpad company, looks at the challenges associated with monitoring subsea power cables and how Fotech’s novel distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) technology enables offshore wind farms to better manage their networks to achieve improved operational efficiencies
FOSA Executive Director Mark Uncapher wrote Secretary Buttigieg: "FOSA recommends that the Transportation Department track, in a publicly available format, the availability and location of 'fiber-enabled' interstate roadways.
DFOS describes several technologies that can be utilized to convert a fiber-optic cable into an array of distributed sensors....OptaSense has a range of interrogator units....When it comes to pipeline monitoring, DFOS systems can provide...leak detection, third-party intrusion and scraper tracking
Ever been to one of the big theaters around the world....Wondered how they make the sound work? But probably not how the fire detection works....solution...sensor cables in the floor....hidden for the guests at the theater, but still doing their job
Pokrovskaya Solar Power Plant….the largest solar power plant in Ukraine and the second largest in Europe…. NBG FiberGuard perimeter security system based on fiber-optic cable which was installed on the fence
Eysturoy tunnel is the world’s second-longest underwater tunnel....AP Sensing’s fiber optic Linear Heat Detection Series (N4387B) is one of several advanced technologies included in the tunnel in order to ensure its safety.
The Riyadh Development Authority recently executed one of the largest metro projects within the GCC region. The Riyadh Metro has 85 stations and 6 lines, covering approximately 177 km in total. AP Sensing was chosen to monitor this very prestigious infrastructure
“FOSA extends congratulations and best wishes to Pete Buttigieg on his confirmation as Secretary of Transportation,” said FOSA Chairman Kent Wardley. “We are ready to work with Secretary Buttigieg on an array of transportation issues...and investing in smart infrastructure
We congratulate Secretary Buttigieg on his confirmation and look forward to working with him and his team,” said FOSA Executive Director Mark Uncapher. “We are also excited by the prospect of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration’s new Research, Development, and Testing facility at TTC
Security breaches of borders, utility plants and airports can have catastrophic and devastating consequences, so protecting assets is vital....fiber optic cable picks up any acoustic or vibrational energy, which changes the light pattern that is reflected back to the hardware
FOSA announces the election of five board members, as well as its officer slate for 2021. FOSA is committed to protecting infrastructure with advanced, innovative technologies, and is a go-to resource for learning about fiber optic sensing to improve safety and productivity
excellence in the mining industry...shortlisted finalists [include] Category: Technology - Hawk Measurement. Fiber optic sensing is increasingly being used in the mining industry to monitor conveyor and power cable health....The Praetorian Fiber Optic Sensing System
Luna Innovations…acquired OptaSense, a recognized market leader in fiber optic distributed monitoring solutions for pipelines, oilfield services, security, highway and railway monitoring, and power and utilities monitoring systems.
US has the largest network of energy pipelines in the world….It is vital to keep pipelines operating smoothly & to quickly detect any sign of leakage or other physical damage....HAWK's Praetorian System features Fiber Optic Sensing technology allowing continuous real-time monitoring of long assets
The smart city movement has grown in the last 10 years as a direct result of the world’s increasing urbanization. Indeed, by 2050 more than two-thirds of the earth's population will live in urban areas.
AP Sensing’s novel solution addresses the need for monitoring storage tanks and pipelines….storage tanks are filled with chemicals that are flammable and oftentimes explosive…DFOS technology is becoming an increasingly popular method for monitoring critical infrastructures
“Critical infrastructure is essential to America’s economic prosperity and national security. Any loss or disruption to these assets, whether by natural disasters or deliberate attacks, could have a debilitating effect,” said FOSA Chairman Mike Hines.
Fiber optic Distributed Acoustic Sensors (DAS) are useful and proven tools for third party interference detection. DAS...uses standard telecommunications fiber optic cable that is buried parallel to the pipeline as an array of acoustic sensors...[Aselsan] proposes
PureActiv® software with OptaSense Linear Ground Detection Systems….provides perimeter intrusion detection using advanced distributed acoustic sensing technology capable of detecting, classifying and locating multiple threats in real time
ASELSAN MIDAS-(R)ailway Multi Purpose Intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor rewarded with the "Best Innovation Award 2020" in big companies category in 6th ERCI Innovation Awards - using DAS technology to collect acoustic data and analyze it to detect intrusions on the railway
There is now a smarter, more efficient and reliable method to monitor conveyor health and prevent costly downtime. The Praetorian™ Fiber Optic Sensing System, developed by Hawk Measurement Systems, has the ability to immediately detect which idlers have failed or will soon fail, identifies the exact
chaos caused when the two main submarine cables carrying internet traffic into and out of Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR suffered…problems…still looking for [the fault] weeks [later]…DAS can detect disturbances and pinpoint the exact location of the fault - allowing operators to respond decisively
US Army Corps of Engineers is currently implementing a levee improvement project,,,,With support from the National Science Foundation and USACE, the [Berekely Engineering] research team embedded optical fiber sensors
Chris Shannon, CEO, Fotech Solutions, said, “The findings of this research not only demonstrate that the appetite for smart city progress remains strong, they also highlight the need for more practical approaches to creating smart city systems
PHMSA awarded the University of California, Berkeley with US$250 000 from its Competitive Academic Agreement Program. FOSA member Dr. Soga is the Donald H. McLaughlin Chair in Mineral Engineering and a Chancellor’s Professor at UC Berkeley.
UCB researchers have been working closely with engineers…to identify and evaluate technologies that can assess the structural health of wind turbine towers....Supported by…[FOSA member] Optasense, distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) was also put to the test.
Hifi Engineering’s HDS technology utilizes the power of high fidelity fiber optic dynamic sensing to detect small changes in the optical path length between two adjacent fiber bragg gratings, which are used as low angle wavelength reflectors.
Soga Research Group distributed fiber optic team performed a field installation of a vertical fiber optic strain sensing cable using a Cone Penetration Test truck...a new method of installing fiber optic cable for strain monitoring....setup [uses FOSA member] Omnisens analyzer and portable generator
OZ Optics offers award-winning fiber optic sensor systems for remote monitoring of oil and gas pipelines, wells, refineries, bridges, dams and other large structures, security fences and for fire detection.
The Soga Research Group in collaboration with the UC Pavement Research Center has been researching the transportation networks of the future by installing state-of-the-art sensors into a new roadway system
OptaSense was chosen to provide frequent time-lapse 3D DAS VSPs for detailed tracking of the water-flood as part of the operator’s enhanced oil recovery technique to optimize production in two reservoirs.
With a fiber alongside a motorway, DAS can provide full continuous monitoring of the entire motorway – providing additional detecting capabilities to spot disruptions in the flow of traffic and changing behavior in the vehicles. Enabling smart highways, not just smart motorways, with DAS
AP Sensing is monitoring conveyor belts at the largest salt production site in Germany. The Zielitz Plant extracts approximately 12 million tons of crude salts per year and the mine operator, K+S, is an international mining company with sites across five continents.
Saudi Electricity Company selected AP Sensing for a project monitoring two 115kV power circuits. AP Sensing technology provides not only the thermal profile of the power cables, but also insights into the actual conductor temperature and transient statuses with our Real Time Thermal Rating
FOSA filed comments with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on its draft Engineer Circular for the USACE Levee Safety Program. FOSA Chairman Mike Hines states, “FOSA appreciates the Corps of Engineers’ Levee Safety Program’s focus on monitoring and managing flood risks associated with levees.
Dr. Kenichi Soga and the University of California, Berkeley received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on August 17.
Commenting on the USACE Circular, FOSA Chairman Mike Hines said, “FOSA appreciates the Corps of Engineers’ Levee Safety Program’s focus on monitoring and managing flood risks associated with levees. Given the dynamic nature of flood risk, this Circular establishes an appropriate framework.”
FOSA had previously called for government and the pipeline industry to work together to establish a pipeline safety test facility. Based on operator input, FOSA issued a concept paper suggesting a buried ‘flow-loop’ pipeline to emulate leak
Managing the impact of rapidly increasing traffic volumes and minimizing congestion and journey times on existing road infrastructure is a significant issue for the Georgia DOT (GDOT)…. To this end, GDOT has engaged in a demonstration agreement with OptaSense
Governor Cuomo abandoned plans for a 15-month shutdown of the Canarsie Tunnel....The team consulted with Kenichi Soga, Berkeley professor of civil engineering and a leader in developing fiber optics to detect potential vulnerabilities in large-scale infrastructure projects.
Kenichi Soga leads research developing distributed fiber optic sensors to detect defects, distortions and other vulnerabilities in large-scale infrastructure….Cuomo brought together a team of experts…consulted with Soga, Berkeley professor of civil engineering and a leader in developing fiber optics
internally developed innovations help support not just preventative pipeline leak detection, but broaden into operational applications and help support environmental, social, and governance scorecard strategies.....The HDS system has been deployed by a number of pipeline operators...around the world
Using a system supplied by Frauscher, a fiber-optic cable is laid along the line, which uses rail defectoscopy to detect cracks or breaks in the rail by picking up the vibrations produced by the train passing by.
FOSA praises PHMSA announcement of $10 million for the conceptual study, design, and development of what will be a world-class pipeline Research, Development, and Testing (RDT) facility at the Transportation Technology Center (TTC) in Pueblo, Colorado
In the first quarter of 2020, GDoT completed a successful project to deploy the OptaSense Traffic Monitoring Solution on a section of the I-20 Highway in Atlanta. This project validated the performance of OptaSense’s distributed fiber-optic sensing-based traffic monitoring solution
Distributed Acoustic Sensing data can help create the smart cities of the future – and there are huge benefits to incorporating DAS into city management systems. However, one of the questions we get asked the most is how DAS integrates with existing data collection methods and analysis platforms
Since the acquisition by Launchpad, BP’s business-builder, Fotech has worked to unveil a refreshed brand identity that is closely aligned to BP and a mission statement that represents the company’s sense of purpose and growth trajectory
Ditch Witch offered an up-close look at new equipment that boasts convenience, power and productivity. SK3000 brings true stand-on visibility to the full-size skid steer class, with an easy-on, easy-off platform.
…Prysmian, has finalized a contract for a project awarded by offshore wind farm developer Vattenfall. The contract is for the provision of the subsea inter-array cable systems for the Hollandse Kust Zuid III and IV offshore wind farm in The Netherlands
In today’s world, access control and physical security also play a key role in securing critical information for financial, medical, government, public infrastructure and private data center users….OptaSense’s Perimeter Intrusion Detection System….utilizes one strand of a single mode...fiber
Today, FOSA and more than 30 technology and business trade associations from around the world issued recommendations for G20 governments as officials meet to discuss the role of digital technologies in promoting economic growth.
Based on research that concludes the commercial viability of distributed acoustic sensing in conduit, the sensing industry can enjoy the same robust conduit pathway benefits and advantages with highly sensitive commercial DAS implementation.
Built upon the industry’s leading interrogator unity technology, OptaSense is excited to introduce the latest in our cutting-edge portfolio of interrogator units, the ODH4+. Unlike conventional interrogators , the ODH4+ IU is capable of measuring with ANY fiber from ANY vendor
smart city technology....DAS could be used to identify locations where there are concentrations of people above a certain threshold in real-time…could also be used to ensure key amenities are not overwhelmed….Crucially DAS data is completely anonymized
a truck filled with cardboard caught fire inside the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel in CO. What could have ended up being a major disaster was resolved in three hours. Thanks to the fiber-optic fire detection system there were no casualties nor damage to the tunnel structure
OptaSense recently released of Version 2.9 of its DxS Browser Visualization Software suite. The software allows users to easily integrate large distributed data sets into workflows, including 3D depth, time and measurement data, while managing quality control, analysis and interpretation.
If big data is the new oil, as it has often been said, then Fotech offers the right tools to dig for more of it and feed the insatiable needs of tomorrow’s smart cities....the untapped potential of distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) for smart cities
Despite restrictions caused by COVID-19 global pandemic, OptaSense has been able to continue meeting the needs of its customers, while following...health & safety requirements. A major pipeline customer in Brazil recently was able to receive a shipment of vital equipment required for installation
For operators tied to Canada’s considerable long-line pipeline network, the sky’s the limit for innovation, too…CEPA Innovation Award-winning Calgary-based firm Hifi Engineering, which is “set to become the new global standard for pipeline monitoring,” according to CEPA officials.
Acoustic Sensing - A train’s vibration pattern as it progresses its journey is picked up by lineside sensing equipment, usually a fiber optic cable....Installations exist worldwide, including on Network Rail and London Underground.
Fiber optic sensors, which work on the basis of Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), provide comprehensive access to a wide range of information surrounding the railway....These solutions allow an overview of the entire railway network, including rolling stock, to be formed in real-time.
28 trade associations from around the world...call for governments at all levels worldwide to adopt clear and uniform guidance regarding essential information and communications technology (ICT) workers...to protect public health
Three members of the OptaSense Oilfield Services technical team recently authored an article in January/February issue of Oilfield Technology magazine....spotlights technology innovations that enhance the exploration and production of hydrocarbons
An AP Sensing Distributed Temperature Sensing solution was selected to monitor a pipeline transporting reservoir water in northern Germany….This pipeline is used to transport deposit water. The water cannot be discarded above ground due to its natural, slight radioactivity
AP Sensing was selected by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to provide a Linear Heat Detection solution to monitor its phase III underground tunnel project. Specifically,…for monitoring hot spots, tunnel temperatures which vary during congestion and other ventilation system operation modes.
Fiber optic based technology can provide cities with real-time positional insights about their road and public transport infrastructure....DAS is a photonic sensing technology that essentially ‘plugs in’ to existing fiber optic cable networks and transforms them into sophisticated acoustic sensors.
OptaSense, a QinetiQ company, has been deploying fiber optic DAS technology to gather permanent flow, seismic and vertical seismic profile data for clients. It’s cheaper than using ocean bottom nodes as well as offering a permanent broadband sensor downhole for time-lapse surveys
Launchpad has bought a technology company that focuses on developing and deploying fiber optic sensing. Fotech’s technology combines photonics, advanced artificial intelligence and edge computing to deliver advanced digital monitoring and asset management solutions
“FOSA applauds PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott’s leadership toward creating a Pipeline Safety Facility,” said FOSA Chairman Mike Hines. “The test facility...we believe will dramatically improve pipeline safety."
“FOSA applauds PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott’s leadership toward creating a Pipeline Safety Facility.” said FOSA Chairman Mike Hines. “The test facility announcement represents another giant step towards the realization of such a capability
Chris Shannon, Chief Executive of Fotech, commented: “We are excited to have a new investor at this pivotal point in Fotech’s growth story. Fiber optic sensing solutions have proven themselves invaluable in protecting pipelines, perimeters and borders around the world....
“The RT80 trencher was built to adapt,” said Chris Thompson, Ditch Witch product manager, heavy-duty trenchers. “Faced with tighter deadlines, smaller budgets and more congested underground networks, contractors need a utility trencher that can fit and function in any environment.
The AP Sensing tree planting initiative, called Passion for Plants, is intended to be a long-term partnership with WeForest. “Malawi Mulanje is a relatively new project, so we hope to contribute to this specific project for a long time, ” explained Clemens Pohl.
DAS technology provides a ready-made solution for the offshore wind industry to monitor and protect these crucial cables. DAS identifies, with clarity and confidence, the different disturbances that impact cabling in offshore wind farms
Observing this "backscatter" phenomenon through a technique called Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), the 20 km long cable was turned into a bed of 10,000 motion sensors that could detect seismic activity with picometer precision.
Working from a beachside shack on California's Monterey Bay, Nate Lindsey fired a stream of infrared laser pulses down a long fiber-optic cable extending onto the ocean floor. The miles-long cable had been there for a decade...but Lindsey, a geoscientist at UC Berkeley, was trying something new
AP Sensing...recently received funding from the Department for Transport as part of Network Rail’s R&D program....sensors will tap into Network Rail’s existing fiber optic cable network using AP Sensing’s Distributed Acoustic/Vibration Sensing
IGMS has been recognized for its patent activities at the inventors’ gala held in the historic city centre of Graz. Within the last years, the IGMS team has filed three patents in the field of fiber optic sensing.
A recent proof-of-concept field trial from Verizon and NEC demonstrated the ability “to use network infrastructure with existing fiber-optic cables already laid in the ground as distributed optical sensors to collect information on city traffic patterns
OptaSense DAS technology's unique features deliver unmatched measurement performance in the market. Based on its recent analysis of the European distributed fiber-optic sensing market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes OptaSense with the 2019 Europe Product Leadership Award
FOSA announced the election of five board members, as well as its officer slate for 2020. Paul Baird, Prysmian; Deep Desai, Frauscher Sensonic; Paul Dickinson, Dura-Line; Steve Koles, Hi-Fi were each elected to two-year terms beginning on January 1, 2020. Mark Bradley of Corning
FOSA announced the winners of its annual Champion of Innovation Awards, selecting Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) based on their extraordinary leadership in enhancing the safety and security of U.S. critical infrastructure through the use of advanced technology.
Kriegers Flak is Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm with a production capacity of just over 600 MW....AP Sensing is monitoring a total of 300 km of this asset, using 6 Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) units and 9 Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) units
Vehicle counts, traffic slow-downs and other pieces of data central to traffic management may one day be gleaned from a city’s fiber-optic communications network. Verizon and technology company NEC have been leading research into the concept of turning a fiber network into one big sensor
Threats to pipelines are seemingly on the rise. In a report published earlier this year, the U.S Congressional Research Service positioned pipeline protection as a significant factor in ensuring national security
US News & World Report's 2020 rankings for Best Global Universities for Civil Engineering places Berkeley CEE in 5th place. The rankings are based on reputation and research in the field. Berkeley CEE is the highest ranking US university on the list.
On October 30th, NKT Photonics opened its new production facility and application lab in Boston. The facility will accommodate a state-of-the-art single-frequency fiber laser production as well as a brand-new application and service laboratory.
Frauscher Sensonic is the first company to develop railway-specific solutions based on fiber optic sensing (FOS). The goal is to offer easy-to-integrate, yet highly efficient end-to-end solutions in our markets worldwide. The base technology for this is the latest FOS generation
IGMS present[ed] the Bachelor and Master Courses “Geodesy” at the work and study fair BeSt3….the largest fair for education programs in Austria…visited by up to 30,000 pupils and teachers. IGMS demonstrated live how geodesy digitizes the world with…fiber optic sensing.
The Austrian Highway Agency and representatives from the Japanese Express Way company NEXCO and the Metropolitan Express Company Shutoko visit the Institute of Engineering Geodesy and Measurement Systems, Graz University of Technology...assessing the integrity of infrastructure objects
FOSA released a brief primer entitled Cable Installation Considerations for Fire Detection. The document contains guidance on specific requirements of fire detection in tunnels, large buildings, industrial sites and large equipment.
NEC Corporation and Verizon were able to use network infrastructure with existing fiber optic cables already laid in the ground as distributed optical sensors to collect information....first time and longest distance that such sensing data has been collected through an operational telecom network
Beyond our proven DAS benefits such as monitoring train location and detecting wheel flats, cable theft, and trespass, this project expands into previously unexplored areas of rail monitoring, states AP Sensing Director of Research and SpectRail project leader Dr. Gareth Lees
Ditch Witch’s new 24,000-pound thrust/pullback JT24 horizontal directional drill fills the gap between the company’s JT20 and JT25 drills, and is aimed at the on-fire fiber optic installation market, along with gas and water.
Despite fiber optics being used for telecommunications for decades and in the sensing worlds for more than 20 years already, many in certain industries still see it as a new technology without a track record. For Etienne Rochat, Chief Technology Officer at Omnisens
The following Pipeline Equipment Spotlight features the latest and greatest in vacuum excavator technology….The enhanced lineup of Ditch Witch vacuum excavators boosts productivity and versatility on municipality and underground construction jobs.
NKT Photonics will celebrate the grand opening of their Boston office on Oct. 30. The facility…will not only serve as a headquarters for U.S. sales and support, but will also accommodate state-of-the-art single-frequency fiber laser production and an application and service laboratory.
Schlumberger has established a strategic collaboration between WesternGeco, the seismic and geophysical data solutions division of Schlumberger, and IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions.
OptaSense’s Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) using distributed fiber-optic sensing was selected by a nuclear power plant operator in order to meet strict regulatory requirements for perimeter protection.
Dr. Chris Minto, Engineering Director for OptaSense, delivered “Challenges in Validation and Verification of External Fiber Optic Leak Detection Systems,” at Rio Pipeline 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ørsted and Omnisens have signed a framework agreement for the supply of fiber optic-based power cable monitoring solutions for Ørsted’s future offshore wind farms. The 5+ year framework agreement covers the integrity and performance monitoring of export cables of all offshore wind farms....
Every year, Broadband Communities Magazine recognizes the top-100 organizations that lead the way in building a fiber-connected world. For the seventh consecutive year, the publication featured Prysmian Group on the list,
CTO Etienne Rochat presented the Symposium "Combining Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) and Dynamic Cable Rating (DCR) as an efficient means of managing submarine cable load" during the CIGRE conference in Denmark in June.
OptaSense presented a one-of-a-kind demonstration of its fiber-optic-based pipeline leak detection system on a 2.5 Km buried flow loop that has been instrumented with the OptaSense fiber-optic-based system.
Schlumberger launched the IriSphere look-ahead-while-drilling service, which uses deep directional electromagnetic (EM) technology to detect formation features as far as 100 feet ahead of the drill bit in real time, which allows drillers to adjust operations accordingly.
If you want to monitor physical borders, such as walls and fences, a fiber-optic sensing system is ideal as they enable you to measure sound, movement or temperature – continuously and in real-time – along with long structures.
Trencher tooth selection should be based on soil conditions to get the most productive trenching: Compact walk-behind trenchers are increasing in popularity, come in a variety of sizes and can be customized, depending on your business and jobsite needs.
Dura-Line’s Technology Summit 2019: MicroTrenching was organized to shed light on how microtrenching is being deployed in several cities around the country, including Austin, Texas; New York; San Francisco; San Antonio; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Laser Focus World July Cover Story written through the collaboration of FOSA members Wieland Hill, director of Advanced Sensing Systems at NKT Photonics, John J. Williams, regional director of infrastructure monitoring for the Americas at OptaSense, and Gareth Lees, research director at AP Sensing.
More than 260 visitors from 40 nations represented 101 companies and institutions from the railway industry at this year’s WDF…. Operators, system integrators, technical experts and decision-makers got in touch in an informal atmosphere.
…the capabilities of DAS in rail applications have moved on quickly....These advances have been made possible by our own technical developments. Innovations like our Helios Theta platform offer exceptional high-resolution monitoring….can cover over a range of 40km….
Hifi hosted the Saskatchewan Energy Minister Bronwyn Eyre, during the Global Petroleum Show for a demonstration of Hifi's high fidelity dynamic sensing (HDS) technology for preventative pipeline leak detection.
OptaSense, a QinetiQ company, a world leader in fiber-optic-based acoustic sensing and its regional project management partner, a local security systems integrator based in Pakistan, have been awarded a key pipeline and gas producing facility perimeter intrusion detection system project.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) has urged House and Senate Committees to incorporate advanced technologies that will help make the nation’s infrastructure safer, more resilient and longer lasting.
FOSA commended the recent introduction of an infrastructure package by 31 House Energy and Commerce Committee members, the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act (H.R. 2741). Smart Infrastructure technology will spur continued economic growth.
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association, the US’ leading organisation association focused on fiber optic sensing, was one of 11 signatories of a letter requesting congress incorporate smart technologies in order to improve and transform infrastructure around the country.
Frauscher Sensor Technology USA exhibited at the ASLRRA (American Short Line Railroad Association) 2019 Connections Convention, April 7-9 in Orlando, Florida. Representatives from Frauscher’s Technical Sales and Engineering teams were on hand to showcase wheel detection and axle counter products.
...building new pipelines has become a national issue, due in no small part to fears over leaks, a new fiber optic-based pipeline monitoring technology has arrived at an opportune time. Hifi Engineering Inc.’s high fidelity dynamic sensing system provides a fully distributed monitoring
If cities are serious about improving traffic flows…then technologies like [Distributed Acoustic Sensing] DAS have a key role to play in gaining intelligent insights, managing motorways and roadways, and managing transport networks more efficiently.
“FOSA is pleased to participate in ICSIC and then to continue the discussions at our own mid-year meeting in Cambridge,” said FOSA Chairman JJ Williams. “We believe fiber optic sensing will play a critical role in smart infrastructure construction around the world over the next few years."
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association has been joined by ten other leading technology trade associations in urging Congress to fully incorporate smart technologies into proposals to improve and transform U.S. infrastructure.
There is an unequivocal opportunity for policymakers on both sides of the aisle to bring U.S. infrastructure into the 21st century and leave a lasting legacy that will improve the lives of Americans for decades to come.
DAS is an example of how cities can build new intelligence into existing infrastructures, advancing monitoring and future planning capabilities. Augmenting fiber optic cables with DAS platform technologies can provide city authorities with real-time data streams
“The benefit of what we’ve shown is not just for leak detection in pipelines....The [DAS] technology has greater benefits for the safety of the human race, long term.” [explains Dr. Peter Hayward of Fotech Solutions]
…trenchers are efficient and effective digging machines for installing pipe and cable. To keep trenchers hard at work on the job and in peak performance, operators and rental yards must monitor and maintain the machine and components over time. Chain, teeth and sprocket components need to be replace
Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, through its submarine telecom division NSW, showcase[d] for the first time, after the merger with General Cable, its state-of-the-art range of products and services for the submarine telecommunication cable industry
Chris Shannon, Fotech Solutions CEO said, “SigmaWave represents the best of two industry leaders and demonstrates how, together, we continue to push the boundaries of innovation in upstream applications – with the opportunity to enable the best of DAS technology for the seismic industry.”
Cable systems manufacturer Prysmian Group…has been awarded a contract worth approximately €30 million to develop of a turnkey submarine cable system for EDF Renewables' Provence Grand Large (PGL) floating offshore wind farm project in South France.
For remote borders with little or no infrastructure, there are various techniques that can keep an eye, or rather an ear, out. QinetiQ, a British firm, has a system called OptaSense, which uses a fiber-optic cable laid in the ground. Sound from above creates vibrations in this cable.
FOSA has urged the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Commerce Committee to incorporate advanced technologies to help make the nation’s infrastructure safer, more resilient, and longer lasting.
Dr. Chris Minto, Engineering Director of member company OptaSense…[presented] “Towards 1 Billion Sensors: Distributed Fiber Sensing as a Pervasive IoT Contributor” on behalf of FOSA during…Optical Networking and Communication Conference (OFC) in San Diego, California.
“OFS recognizes the value of DAS and sees a need for significant improvements in how optical waveguides support this problem-solving technology," comments Mike Hines, market manager for OFS [and FOSA Vice Chairman].
Technologies such DAS...provide coverage of an entire perimeter and raise alerts in real-time, give security teams a comprehensive overview of their operations. In particular, the ability to detect potential intrusions at the earliest possible opportunity
Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS)...will allow water companies to digitize their pipeline infrastructure and detect and monitor ruptures and leaks in existing pipes. Through the use of DAS technology — which harnesses optical fiber cables installed parallel to the water pipes
Energy Excellence Awards [Hifi Engineering nominated for Operational & Project Excellence in Pipelines & Facilities]…nominees from across Canada’s energy industry, who through their ongoing work, display excellence….
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Dr. Chris Minto, Engineering Director of member company OptaSense, will present “Towards 1 Billion Sensors: Distributed Fiber Sensing as a Pervasive IoT Contributor” on behalf of FOSA during this week’s Optical Networking and Communication Conference (OFC) in San Diego, California.
Fiber optic sensing technology converts cables installed alongside transport infrastructure, such as railroads or highways, into an array of thousands of sensors which can detect acoustics, temperature or strain signals by using optical sensing techniques.