The ultrasonic pipeline sensors are designed to enhance the accuracy of inspections and better identify developing cracks, while giving an improved overall snapshot of the condition of a pipeline. The sensors are attached to so-called “smart pig” devices that travel through the pipelines for safety checks.
The construction of new oil and gas pipelines in recent years has become the battleground over the environmental movement against the energy sector, so pipeline companies are working to prevent more leaks, spills and explosions that sporadically occur each year across the country.
“Proactive investments in innovation and technology like this are intended to add another layer of safety to our pipeline networks and, ultimately, benefit the industry as whole,” said
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