Pipeline Leak Detection and Condition Monitoring
Once a pipeline is buried, what happens to, and around it, remains its secret until it is visually inspected. Over time, the environment changes, the pipeline itself may suffer corrosion or third-party damage, tiny imperfections may develop into threats.
A fiber optic cable buried in the trench with the pipeline can detect incipient leaks and events which may be precursors to failure. In addition, changes in flow are apparent, where these result in the temperature around the pipe to fluctuate.