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PIPELINE INSPECTIONS USING DRONES

Many transmission pipelines cross remote, undeveloped, difficult to access or sparsely populated areas. Pipeline inspection using a drone is the solution. AAS provides aerial pipeline inspections in all terrains and conditions, meeting the specific needs unique to the pipeline industry.

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THERMAL LEAK DETECTION

AAS uses high-resolution digital, infrared and thermal imaging to detect and document possible leaks in the pipeline. If suspect areas are found, the locations are precisely mapped with GPS, and the client is immediately notified.

METHANE AND ETHANE GAS LEAK DETECTION

Depending on the gas pipeline inspection needs of the client, AAS uses either a CH4 (Methane) or a C2H6 (Ethane) gas analyzer, combined with high-resolution digital imaging. The gas analyzers are designed to detect elevated levels of either methane or ethane in the air above a pipeline. A log report is created from the drone inspection flight, showing the exact flight path, along with GPS coordinates and levels of methane or ethane detected.

CONDITION OF RIGHT OF WAY

Depending on the client’s needs, the AAS pipeline right of way inspection uses high-resolution digital cameras or LIDAR for orthophotography for production of a 3D model of the pipeline corridor, and detects and documents such concerns as:

• Erosion
• Exposed pipe
• Vegetation overgrowth
• Encroachments
• Missing/damaged signs & markers
• Client specified concerns

THE AAS ADVANTAGE

The typical aerial pipeline inspection involves a relatively fast and high (and expensive and dangerous) over-flight with either an airplane or a helicopter. That’s how it’s been done for decades, and the resultant inspection can be fairly accurate and fairly thorough. But, with the inherent risks and potential liability of pipeline transportation of volatile or environmentally hazardous product, is a “fairly” good inspection good enough – especially when there is a better method? Using a small, light aircraft designed for low-flying (10 – 400 ft. above ground level!), and slow-moving (0 – 50 mph!) specifically configured for precise, in depth inspection of pipeline corridors, AAS can provide your company with the security of knowing that your interests have been thoroughly, completely and accurately inspected.


Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – singularly referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or, in military applications, drones – are inherently safer, faster, more versatile, less costly, more environmentally friendly and just plain smarter when compared to the typically utilized fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter-based aerial survey, inspection, photography and video platform. To provide our clients with the high-quality information they need and demand, AAS uses the most technologically advanced unmanned aircraft systems available today.

Drone flights in the United States must be in compliance with FAA standards. Contact AAS to see how your project fits within this process. When you do, ask about receiving a FREE on-site demonstration of how you can more economically than ever obtain the information you need Safer, Faster, Smarter!