Enhanced Locating Technologies for Underground Pipelines with Better Accuracy

This project will develop a locate technology that will increase the accuracy of pipeline detection.

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Recipient

Des Plaines, IL

Recipient Location

37th

Senate District

68th

Assembly District

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$1,634,077

Amount Spent

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Active

Project Status

Project Update

As of August 2023, most of the technical tasks are complete, including pilot demonstrations for the above-ground large standoff three-dimensional electromagnetic detection technology and in-pipe gyroscopic mapping technology. Pilot demonstrations were conducted on transmission lines with White River Technologies APEX technology at Situation City in Pico Rivera and at SoCalGas's Wheeler Ridge Compressor Station. The Reduct In-pipe Mapping and Locating Technology was demonstrated on distribution line test sites in Winters and Elk Grove with PG&E and Charge EPC, respectively. The project team is analyzing the data from the field demonstrations. The project team is also working on developing the Draft Final Project Report.

The Issue

One of the leading causes of damage to underground pipelines is directly related to locating issues. Due to many variables, including depth, type of ground cover, pipe material, pipe size, soil moisture, and proper operations of equipment, it is difficult to accurately locate underground gas infrastructure. With recent technological advancements and three dimensional data capabilities available, it is an ideal time to address these issues. Combining leading locating technologies whose outputs can be integrated to produce a more accurate subsurface mapping product can help address the complexities of locating underground pipelines.

Project Innovation

This project will advance and field demonstrate an above-ground large standoff three-dimensional electromagnetic detection technology and in-pipe gyroscopic mapping technology for improving the accuracy of locating pipes in both the horizontal and vertical dimensions over current practices.

Project Goals

Optimize and deploy pipeline locating tools with enhanced 3D locating capabilities.
Extend capabilities for detection in varying soil conditions, soil moisture levels, and degree of subsurface congestion.
Visualize high-accuracy 3D data in real-time.

Project Benefits

This project will enhance 3D location data capabilities and make field-based data more accessible in real-time, reducing risk of gas pipeline damage. This project will also increase the range of pipeline detection capability and extend the conditions where the enhanced locating technology is applicable relative to soil conditions, soil moisture levels, and degree of subsurface congestion.

Environmental & Public Health

Environmental Sustainability

This project will increase the accuracy of pipeline detection, which will reduce the potential of accidental encroachment to the pipeline and associated methane leaks.

Increase Safety

Safety

This project will not only optimize capabilities of individual locating technologies but will also improve 3D visualizations in near real-time. Additional analytics built into the platform, including the ability to synergize datasets, help provide insight into maintaining a safer gas system and increasing operational efficiency by having more detailed, accurate information on utility infrastructure locations.

Key Project Members

Project Member

Shannon Katcher

Project Member

Kaushik Biswas

Senior Engineer
Gas Technology Institute

Subrecipients

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Trident Environmental & Engineering, Inc.

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White River Technologies, Inc.

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Match Partners

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White River Technologies, Inc.

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