Pipeline Leak Detection Drone

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In both residential and commercial markets, Natural gases have a wide range of uses. Natural Gas Protection benefits several sectors like heating, manufacturing, transportation and generation of electricity. 

The capturing, refinement, and transportation of LNG has been a big business for quite some time now. With so many concerns regarding climate changes, LNG is gaining on the number 1 energy source, coal. But, during production, as with any process, there is a risk of inherent loss. While some loss may be due to failures and malfunctions in equipment, some may be intentional. 

According to recent studies, an annual loss of 2.3 % is estimated due to methane leaks in the gas and oil industry. This amounts to about 13 million metric tons of methane each year. 

It has become quite crucial to detect leaks nowadays for both environmental and fiscal concerns. Find out how Pipeline Leak Detection Drone can be the best option for detecting gas leaks. 

Why is Drone-based Gas Leak Detection the best alternative?

The conventional gas leak detection methods are always not an ideal solution to the problem. Besides lacking efficiency, they also place people in harm’s way. Areas of dead vegetation are often identified as indication of an established leak during Pipeline Leak Detection Drone.  The same results can be achieved with the help of helicopters but they are extremely noisy and expensive too. Moreover, often through complex areas, drones allows for a less disruptive inspection of routes, where the conventional “walk the route” method has several complications. 

The detection of gas leaks along miles of pipeline across the wilderness is one of the prime examples. It is not only dangerous but also an inefficient process to have an inspection team yomp across a forest with a handheld detector. 

The safety and efficiency issues that are present in the conventional methods can be efficaciously addressed by this latest innovation of Pipeline Leak Detection Drone.  

Mainly in the remote areas, UAVs are also excellent platforms for detecting gas leaks. Payloads have also been developed by several manufacturers for gas leak detection. 

Thermal cameras and LiDAR are some other payloads which are used in gas leak detection. When compared to inspections performed by inspection teams using handheld devices, Pipeline Leak Detection Drone are far more accurate and much faster. Moreover, unlike a crewed aircraft, such as a helicopter, they are a highly cost efficient option to detect leaks. 

SPH Engineering – A Technology Partner

SPH Engineering’s global network consisting of more than 150 resellers was extended to 50 countries with the leading drone mission planning software UgCS, first commercially available Drone Show Software (DSS) and AI platform ATLAS, became more accessible all over the world.
With the growth of the company, SPH Engineering focuses on lining up itself with local partners in Europe, Africa, North and Latin America, and APEC and APAC regions. Ensuring the availability of ATLAS, UgCS, and DSS in local markets which includes training courses and language support is committed by the company to UAV professionals. The company’s restless support of academic studies by over 40 universities has a worldwide spread over several areas of application like environmental, engineering and mining, archaeological, biological, etc. 

Just within half a year since the solution was introduced, many organizations which are outside the UgCS network can count or measure and detect the identified objects of interest. ATLAS has been trained to identify complex shapes like abandoned crab pots or field dodder weed and also to locate defects of the road surface. 

Accurate, fast data processing and analysis are indispensable for companies using drone data for public health surveillance, disaster response, environmental conservation, and precision agriculture. Drones receive much of the attention, but software solutions are quite essential to improve data collection and analysis and also to manage drone flights. And SPH Engineering, which is the developer of UgCS software and integration services provider for drone systems, have become official technology partner of various companies. 

SPH Engineering, also launched ATLAS, which is a drone data analysis AI- powered tool to store data, share projects, and process aerial images. In order to precisely and quickly recognize and count objects of interest ATLAS automates object detection on satellite imagery and drone. The main aim of SPH Engineering is to increase the productivity of drone surveying and with ATLAS, turn aerial photography into business insights. 

Initially the existing UgCS customers were supported by ATLAS, with an easy to access AI tool to store and process the collected data with drones. Collecting and processing drone images is only a part of the entire process. It’s a vital part, but not something that brings the most value. SPH Engineering helps go the extra mile and turn their data into actionable insights. The work’s real value is revealed by these insights which allows to make informed decisions based on the data. After all, it requires time, accuracy and local led analysis to convert data into action. 

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Anwesha Mukherjee

Anwesha Mukherjee is a Digital Media Publisher and freelance writer. She has been working in the publishing industry for over 6 years now, holding various positions at different publishing houses across India. Her work experience includes managing marketing campaigns, content development and website maintenance for various industries including healthcare, IT, finance and education.

She also offers ghostwriting services to help aspiring authors get their book published while maintaining creative control over the project.

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Anwesha Mukherjee

Anwesha Mukherjee is a Digital Media Publisher and freelance writer. She has been working in the publishing industry for over 6 years now, holding various positions at different publishing houses across India. Her work experience includes managing marketing campaigns, content development and website maintenance for various industries including healthcare, IT, finance and education.

She also offers ghostwriting services to help aspiring authors get their book published while maintaining creative control over the project.

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