Pipeline Integrity

Latest technology can “hear” for thousands of kilometres

CEPA members are on the leading edge of technology, using sophisticated tech to carefully monitor the 117,800 kilometres of transmission pipeline responsible for delivering the oil and gas energy Canada relies on.

There is a new opportunity to use technology to “hear” what’s happening along the pipeline. It’s called High Fidelity Dynamic Sensing (HFDS). Fiber-optic cable along the pipeline acts as a highly sensitive microphone, as well as a temperature sensor and strain gauge. The technology can sense vibration, temperature and strain along every metre of thousands of kilometres of pipe. It is even sensitive enough to identify a shovel hitting the pipeline from 1,500 kilometres away. Tech like this can help manage third-party interference, provide additional leak detection and monitor geohazard sites. Some CEPA members are putting HFDS technology to work right now along pipeline routes in Canada.

Technology like this helps our members to keep the oil and gas that Canada relies on flowing safely.