Eyeing new technology for pipeline leak detection
When it comes to triple axels, even the most imperceptible of flaws in a figure skater’s performance can impact a final score. So when University of Calgary professor Dr. Wael Badawy was approached to develop a video algorithm to record and analyze the performance of figure skaters for better results, he realized he may have a business with a great number of potential applications on his hands. He explored these with his research team introducing innovative video analytic applications in hospital, airport and wildlife settings.
Jump ahead 12 years and Intelliview Technologies Inc. is now implementing its patented technology in pipeline leak detection and asset security with sophisticated video equipment and software designed to measure temperature, size, speed, shape and colour that can alert monitoring stations to even the smallest of anomalies.
In fact, Intelliview recently announced the commencement of a program to demonstrate the company’s automated fluid leak detection system at a TransCanada pump station on the Keystone line in Alberta. The new program will demonstrate Intelliview’s system with thermal cameras that can detect leaks as small as a piece of paper. And beyond leak detection alone, the program also incorporates site security using Intelliview thermal cameras and a suite of defined analytics. The installation is partly funded by the Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures Product Demonstration Program, under which Intelliview was the recipient of an award.
For TransCanada, hosting Intelliview at a pumping station for a yearlong trial provides an opportunity to assess potential implementation of this technology to complement the company’s existing robust leak detection and security system.
“In terms of leak detection, there are many layers to the monitoring systems we have in place from smart pigs and hydrostatic testing to aerial surveillance and investigative digs” — Vern Meier
“In terms of leak detection, there are many layers to the monitoring systems we have in place from smart pigs and hydrostatic testing to aerial surveillance and investigative digs,” says Vern Meier, vice-president of Pipeline Safety and Compliance at TransCanada. “As part of our extensive R&D program we’re also interested in testing new technologies that might enhance our existing system like the monitoring system offered by Intelliview.”
As the site is chosen and project is installed, engineers and security experts from across TransCanada will work with Intelliview to support and evaluate the project and its potential application.
“Early leak detection can save millions of dollars in product loss and cleanup costs, as well as limiting environmental impact,” says Intelliview executive chairman, Bill Hews. “We are delighted TransCanada has recognized the potential value of our leak detection and intrusion video-based solutions for pipeline facilities as a complement to their existing assurance programs, and has agreed to partner with us in testing and demonstrating the capability of our system for their own use as well as others in the industry.”
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