Use Case Explained: Pipeline Right-of-Way Monitoring


How do pipeline operators focus their resources to inspect right-of-ways across hundreds or even thousands of miles? 

With limited resources, pipeline operators must prioritize segments for routine inspection or after an incident occurs. But how? Traversing the ground by foot or vehicle may be impossible. Flying an aircraft, such as a helicopter or drone, can be too costly or dangerous.

Using SAR-based change detection, Ursa Space can highlight areas with the most amount of change or activity.

This helps operators prioritize which areas should be investigated first – whether with boots-on-the-ground inspection, or remotely by tasking high resolution optical imagery.

We’ve discussed earlier how satellite imagery can provide a cost-effective solution for monitoring pipelines. The failure to spot encroachments and remedy the situation can have serious consequences.

As you might expect, this topic draws significant interest from industry members. That was our experience earlier this month when a delegation from Ursa Space attended ESRI’s Energy & Resources Conference in Houston.

We created an interactive dashboard that was displayed in our exhibition booth, drawing a steady crowd of attendees. Nick Rodgers, a GIS specialist, was on-hand in Houston to explain our capabilities and answer questions.

Click on the video below to watch Nick give a quick tour.  You can also check out the Story Map below, which provides a concise overview.

Contact us to learn more about this capability and other custom solutions.


Nick Rodgers, GIS Specialist at Ursa Space Systems, walks viewers through our ARGIS Dashboard


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