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MDA Pipeline system monitoring program mitigates environmental risk

Pipeline systems span thousands of kilometers, often crossing rugged and remote terrain with a wide range of geology, soil, and climate conditions.

Understanding the dynamic forces with a potential to impact a pipeline system’s right-of-way have to be considered. Once built, monitoring the integrity of pipeline systems is critical in ensuring effective and safe operations; identifying issues early is key to mitigating risks to the environment. An early warning of changes in risk areas provides information to better target other geotechnical resources to reduce costs and improve performance.

Key Features
• Uses Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and high resolution optical satellites.
• Apt for accurately and routinely monitoring very large areas

• An early warning of changes in risk areas helps in improving performance.

MDA supports these challenges with its pipeline system monitoring program using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and high-resolution optical satellites. Its space-based solutions provide users with a cost-effective method for accurately and routinely monitoring very large areas for initial screening of hazards, to detailed inspection based on this initial screening. SAR is a satellite sensor that is all-weather and light-independent. These unique capabilities enable us to reliably detect land cover/land use change events, as well as measure small amounts of surface movement that can indicate changes in key areas of geotechnical risk. MDA also have access to an extensive catalog of archive SAR data to provide maps of historical change analysis and ground movement.