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RADARSAT-1 used in Pipeline Hazard Monitoring Service

With the support of the Canadian Space Agency’s Earth Observation Application Development Program (EOADP), MDA’s Geospatial Services is undertaking a two-year project to develop and commercialise an integrated pipeline hazard monitoring service. The service will provide pipeline operators and engineers with updated information describing potential risks to pipeline integrity, and consequently operator safety, due to ground motion, landslides and encroachment. The demonstration project – conducted in partnership with Threetek Ltd of Brazil – will focus on the pipeline operations of two potential end-users -Transpetro/Petrobras, Brazil and GeoEngineers, USA.

Pipeline hazards ensuing from small-scale movements at the Earth’s surface will be mapped using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) data from Canada’s RADARSAT-1 satellite. InSAR provides a means of mapping vertical movement of the Earth on a scale of millimetres. This information will be integrated with existing ground-based surveillance information to provide a comprehensive assessment of pipeline risks.