Recent advancements in leak prediction and leak detection technology have made dramatic improvements to the safety and reliability of pipeline networks. High-performance reporting sensor nodes, for instance, are installed along pipelines where they can continuously monitor conditions and transmit data to a central control room in real-time.
Key fact: A pipeline defect that occurred in Michigan, USA in 2010 led to the spill of over 840,000 gallons of crude oil, and over $800 million in costs
IIOT sensor systems can also be used to detect early signs of wear in pipelines, replacing the need for costly and time consuming manual inspections.
Other leak detection methods can either be externally based systems, like acoustic emission detectors, fibre optic sensors, and infrared thermography, or internally based systems, like pressure point analysis, mass-volume balancing, and negative pressure waves.
Enhances pipeline integrity
Minimises maintenance costs
Limits environmental impact
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