visualization tools needed to inform and guide critical business decisions inreal time.
Visualizing Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline Leaks
Surveying underground natural gas pipelines for leaks remains critical toensure public safety, continuity of service and environmental protection,not to mention necessary to comply with regulatory requirements. Whilegas lines have traditionally been leak-surveyed by walking the lines tomeasure for elevated concentrations of gases, this consumes a great deal
of time and resources as well as putting the line workers‟ safety at risk.
To address this ongoing challenge, ITT Corporation developed AirborneNatural Gas Emission Lidar (ANGEL) Services, delivering a safe, cost-effective way to aerially survey extensive networks of undergroundpipelines for leaks while maintaining a high level of accuracy andsensitivity. In the context of transmission pipeline surveys, customers sayANGEL Services combines the speed, efficiency and practicality of anaerial visual patrol with the confidence of an instrumented leak survey.With a growing recognition that walking transmission pipelines in search ofleaks is time-
consuming and prone to missing leaks, the industry‟s more
progressive transmission pipeline operators have increasingly been turningto the advanced leak detection and visualization services. One such firm isNorthern Natural Gas (NNG), headquartered in Omaha, NE.NNG recognized the daunting task of walking its pipelines to fulfill itsperiodic pipeline leak-survey requirements to satisfy U.S. Department ofTransportation regulations and selected ITT to perform aerial leak surveysover a specific pipeline segment. Jeff Cullison, regional pipeline specialist,
said that decision was “based on proven accu
racy as well as the short time
duration to cover the network.”
On one survey flight over the NNG segment, a new underground leakindication was detected. Based on the data collected, NNG was presentedwith the exact spatial location and plume visualization of a major