Geotechnical Risk Monitoring

Pipeline operators typically have limited resources to survey an entire pipeline operation. MDA provides pipeline operators with wide-area surface monitoring solutions and services that are able to detect very subtle deformation patterns to more effectively detect potential risks, and drive risk mitigation efforts to prevent breaches and environmental damage.

MDA provides pipeline operators with wide-area surface monitoring solutions to identify subtle deformation patterns to more effectively detect potential risks, and drive risk mitigation efforts to prevent breaches and environmental damage. Using advanced proprietary techniques that include Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) processing and Distributed Scatterer techniques, surface movement and geohazards are monitored with millimeter accuracy and delivered via monthly, quarterly or annual monitoring reporting programs. These programs provide environmental monitoring and improve risk assessment of energy pipelines.

Geotechnical risk monitoring
Benefits
Broad Area Monitoring

Satellite monitoring allows pipeline operators to routinely look beyond the immediate path of the pipeline to identify areas of ground movement that may later impact the pipeline right of way. Broad​-area InSAR monitoring can identify risks outside of the areas traditionally instrumented or regularly patrolled.

Early Warning of Changes in Geotechnical Risk

Routine monitoring of changes in ground movement over a broad area allows the pipeline geotechnical team to focus on key areas of risk. Satellite-based InSAR is an early warning tool for slope stability and ground movement that can be used to target other tools to mitigate risk along the pipeline route.

Historical Archives

MDA has access to archive data to provide maps of historical ground movement in the area surrounding current or planned pipelines.

Reusable Information

Satellite imagery used to provide ground movement information can be leveraged for other pipeline needs including encroachment monitoring, flood assessment, and general mapping.