Large-scale infrastructure projects, such as oil and gas pipelines, often cross rugged, remote terrain with a wide range of geology, soil, and climate conditions. The transportation of petroleum products creates operational risks for operators, personnel, citizens living and working near a pipeline route, and the environment. Understanding geotechnical risks and the integrity of pipelines is critical in ensuring effective and safe operations.
MDA's route selection support and monitoring services provide users with current, accurate information to support pipeline safety and risk mitigation. Radar and optical satellite monitoring provides cost-effective routine all-weather, light-independent monitoring to detect small amounts of surface movement that indicate changes in key areas of geotechnical risk. This early warning of changes in risk areas provides information to better target other geotechnical resources to reduce costs and improve performance.