Project WP#422 : Consolidated Research Program, Right of Way Automated Monitoring Threat Prevention (Topic Area #1); Leak Detection (Topic Area #2)
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Project WP#422 : Consolidated Research Program, Right of Way Automated Monitoring Threat Prevention (Topic Area #1); Leak Detection (Topic Area #2)

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      Project #422, "Consolidated Research Program, Right of Way Automated Monitoring Threat Prevention (Topic Area #1;Leak Detection Topic Areas #1 and #2)";
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      Final Report
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      Preventing unauthorized intrusions on pipeline Right of Ways (ROWs) and mechanical damage due to third party strikes by machinery is a constant challenge for the pipeline industry. Equally important for safety and environmental protection is the detection of leaks from pipeline systems. This consolidated research and development program was initiated to develop, test, and deploy an integrated technology package for automated monitoring, assessment, and reporting of various threats to energy transportation pipelines. The Consolidated Program is being implemented through primary projects focus areas - 1) ROW Threat & Change Detection and Identification, and 2) Leak Detection. The main goal is to use technology to provide "near real-time" detection and reporting of the main threats, with the ultimate objective to develop and deploy advanced sensors and data processing systems on various platforms (ground patrol, manned aircraft) to patrol energy pipeline ROWs and similar-oriented linear features/infrastructure using automated processes. The program includes developing integrated sensing suites to provide improved and cost effective aerial surveillance for detecting unauthorized activity and changed conditions and communications systems for prompt reporting of threats. This will include on-board data processing systems for identification and screening of threats, data archiving and storage, and could include advanced methods of data analysis and predictive modeling for assessing threats to pipelines. This Consolidated Program will substantially meet many of the challenges currently confronting the pipeline industry for damage prevention, threat identification, and leak detection, and will improve pipeline safety and reliability of service by advancing the state of current technologies for pipeline ROW monitoring and surveillance. The overall objective of this project is to develop a new generation of surveillance management systems by delivering a step-change improvement in the proactive prevention of threats to pipelines. Technologies developed will be used for the detection, identification, and communication of threats and vulnerabilities to underground pipeline infrastructure. The program will develop an integrated, autonomous sensor/detector system for near real-time automated detection, identification, and notification of threats and leaks. Electricore received notification from DOT on October 28, 2011 of the intent to terminate the project in accordance with the Termination Provision of Prime Contract Agreement, Article III, Section 3.02. In accordance with this notification, all PHMSA sponsored activities on the project were stopped with a final project termination date of November 28, 2011. This Final Report provides a summary of the work that was completed during the active project period. As the project was terminated by DOT prior to the project completion, the original project goals and objectives were not achieved.
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