Watch out for land movements and geohazards . . . Over your entire infrastructure . . .

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Watch out for land movements and geohazards . . . Over your entire infrastructure . . .

Seasonal change and weather bring external stresses to both buried pipelines as well as overhead transmission infrastructure. Freeze/thaw, snowmelt, rain, tectonic movements, subsurface mining, loss of vegetation, encroachments from human activity, and even wildfires - all have repercussions that may affect soil stability. Pipeline and utilities have integrity management groups of geoscientists and field ops dedicated to both prediction and response to geohazards.

Land slips and tree canopy changes from both natural and human activity.

Land slips and tree canopy changes from both natural and human activity.

Early detection of threats and minimizing risk is dependent on two factors:

1. ACCURACY

Satelytics’ “Constant Vigilance” algorithms process the highest resolution data down to 30 cm pixel square over an entire asset area to specify where the threat exists. Our geohazard tools include measurements for:

  • Vegetation growth/decline
  • Slope movements
  • Exposed soil area
  • Soil and vegetation moisture content
  • Bank erosions on water crossings
  • Human activities in the ROW

Our algorithms measure light reflectance in the infrared spectrum and have been employed over topographies worldwide. In instances where vegetation and slope movements occur, lateral and vertical changes can be calculated. These algorithms have been run and rerun to provide confidence in the outcome. Each algorithm is run on every pixel, every time, removing the error of human inspection.

2. RAPID RESPONSE

Now that the threat has been identified, it must be quickly shared with users to be effective. If days or weeks lapse between the time the aerial data is gathered and when alerts are delivered to response staff, then the damage will have likely occurred.

Satelytics as a company is agnostic to the source of data. We collect information from any suitable platform offering spectral data. Though every challenge is unique, most of our projects use satellite imagery because they cover large geographies and have downlink infrastructure in place for timely delivery of large data sets to the cloud. Think about gathering millions of pixels over a right of way or pipeline network – this equates to terabytes of data. Satellites are the only platform able to cover and transfer that much data quickly.

Satelytics has invested heavily into automating the pre-processing of large sets of data before it hits our algorithms. This automation step means SPEED, getting data from any source lined up for algorithmic processing on the cloud in a matter of minutes from when it is acquired.

Land clearing and vegetation in the ROW as well as land shift and exposed soils from seasonal change.

Land clearing and vegetation in the ROW as well as land shift and exposed soils from seasonal change.

When data capture and preprocessing are completed, the algorithms go to work looking for irregularities and conditions that precede or identify land movements. If a slip has occurred, our algorithms even provide automated measurement of the square footage of the affected area with alerts sent to our customers in a matter of hours after data is obtained.

Satelytics’ midstream and utility customers demand the most current geohazard data to inform their decision making to prevent damage to infrastructure and the environment. Call us today to see how these tools can simplify your workflow.

Satelytics Inc., www.satelytics.com is a cloud-based geospatial analytics software suite. Multi or hyper-spectral imagery is gathered from satellites, UAV, planes, and fixed cameras, and processed to provide both alerts and qualitative results for our customers. Data can be gathered on up to a daily basis and results sent to customers in hours. This includes the specific problem, location, magnitude, and even qualitative information, which minimize cost, impact, and operational disruption for our clients.

Toledo, OH – December 15, 2020. For more information, contact David Dunham, ddunham@satelytics.com, (o) (419) 728 0060 extension #101, (c) (701) 213 0294.