The project team first tested the developed system at PG&E's training facility in Winters. The system was able to detect and locate buried plastic and metal pipes with 3D location information. The system was further demonstrated at multiple locations in PG&E service territory. The field demonstration report is being prepared.
The project will develop and provide an advanced technological tool capable of more accurately detecting and locating buried pipes, as well as distinguishing between metallic and non-metallic pipes. These technological advancements and breakthroughs are important for safe and reliable delivery and operation of underground pipelines, especially considering the increased use of such pipelines due to population growth.
The technology has potential to improve the reliability of pipeline systems by providing more accurate and complete location information for pipeline asset management and inspection.
The technology locates underground pipelines with better accuracy and provides depth information. This improves the safety of pipeline systems by avoiding damages due to lack of pipeline location.
Key Project Members
Rohde & Schwarz
Bakhtar Research and Engineering, LLC