October 2019, Vol. 246, No. 10

Drones & Pipelines

Building A Holistic Pipeline Integrity Program

By Didi Horn, CEO, SkyX While new pipelines continue to be constructed the world over, the vast majority of them were laid in the 40s, 50s and 60s, often in remote or isolated areas. Today, operators are constantly facing an uphill battle of maintaining infrastructure well past its shelf life. As operators continue to tackle the issues plaguing the industry, the cry for help is resoundingly one phrase: we need more data! Current Technology Operators have put a number of inspection and monitoring technologies in place to help better combat the challenges faced. These include Pipeline Inspection Gauges (Pigs), SCADA control systems, fiber-optic cables and aerial monitoring. While these t

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