Long-term collection of SAR and optical data provides valuable information regarding environmental and biodiversity changes in areas surrounding pipeline corridors.
Surface movement monitoring data can be combined with other mapping products to establish a monitoring program to address a wide range of challenges including: encroachment, land use changes, vegetation health, and urban infrastructure growth.
Satellite monitoring allows pipeline operators to routinely look beyond the immediate path of the pipeline to identify areas of change or 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.
MDA’s flood monitoring capabilities enable the rapid assessment of flooding impacts over very large areas. Using RADARSAT-2’s unique wide-area imaging capabilities, MDA can deliver accurate GIS-ready flood maps within hours of satellite imaging, regardless of weather conditions, and without the need to deploy resources.
Routine monitoring of changes in ground movement over a broad area allows the pipeline geotechnical team to focus on key areas of risk. MDA’s satellite-based InSAR is an early warning tool for slope stability and ground movement that can be used to deploy other tools to mitigate risks along the pipeline route.
MDA’s wide-area surface monitoring detects subtle deformation patterns to identify potential risks to infrastructure and drive mitigation efforts. Interferometric SAR (InSAR) provides measurements of surface motion with millimetre level accuracy at regular intervals. Measurements are provided over large areas with a high density of measurement points, and are taken remotely, preventing personnel from having to make field visits.
In addition to developing new, customized Digital Elevation Models for a client’s area of interest, MDA provides access to a DEM archive of more than 2.5M km². DEMs can be produced from radar acquired over a short period of time, regardless of cloud cover and lighting conditions.
Space-based radar is a proven tool for the detection and monitoring of oil-on-water incidents in offshore basins around the world. With over 90,000 sq. km in a single acquisition, radar’s all-weather broad-area coverage is a cost-effective tool that enables operators to monitor their operating environments well beyond the range of other monitoring methods.