Current pipeline monitoring requires extensive labor, time, and disruption. The reason is that digging servicing trenches is both expensive and prone to causing damage (half of all oil & gas leak incidents). However, despite the capability of real-time monitoring, battery sensors are expensive and prohibitive to scaled deployment. In particular, the thousands of sensor nodes required for effective monitoring would greatly reduce the averaged battery replacement interval of individual sensors. Alternatively, the future of Smart Pipelines could overcome battery limitations and reduce operating cost through non-invasive monitoring.
The new capabilities of Smart Pipelines would provide:
Prolonged sensor lifetime and obviating the need for battery replacement
Real-time monitoring and non-interfering with existing in-pipe interrogation equipment
Multi-modal measurements on hydrodynamic properties, material identification, and structural health
Interoperability with state-of-the-art Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) and computational Pipeline Model (CPM) monitoring systems