Patrol gas pipeline from the skies to prevent gas ruptures by construction crews. This proactive approach minimizes delays and increased costs by collecting spatial data and integrating GIS data collection systems.

G2 Integrated Solutions’ aerial pipeline patrol services gain information not available on ground level. This enables customers to take a proactive approach to mitigating risks, controlling costs, avoiding delays and complying with increasingly complex regulations.

Our customers are assured the highest quality data, analysis, reports and record management. G2-IS has developed spatial data collection tools for use in any aircraft and maintains training in the latest HD pipe inspection cameras and GIS-based data collection systems.

Our Approach

Aerial Pipeline Program Overview

Collect. Analyze. Report.

The G2-IS aerial pipeline patrol team prepares, collects, validates, analyzes and archives all spatial data for each client on a secure server. During patrols, the observers:

  • Detect threats and erosion to the infrastructure
  • Forecast vegetation growth potentially approaching the corridor
  • Log all aerial observations to be accessed in real-time by control room and ground team

While many aerial pipeline inspection companies focus exclusively on data collection, G2 Integrated Solutions has developed the back-end software for data analytics and archiving. The collected data goes through an automated system, which allows clients quick access to relevant and up-to-date reporting. This multifaceted database allows clients to make more informed decisions in less time.

Solutions

G2-IS aerial pipeline patrol observers are experts in providing detailed change detection for vegetation, structures, right-of-way and other hazards to underground utilities.

To counteract the reduced ground visibility from greater flight elevations, we custom-install a superior camera system. In addition to far greater resolution and zoom, these new camera systems have abilities including automated pipeline following, using preprogrammed GIS data, and target lock and visual overlays of public data (e.g. street and/or house numbers) to identify the location of activity. This ensures potential threats to pipeline integrity may receive a more efficient ground response.

Features

G2-IS complete, GIS-based analysis of routes minimizes flight costs, optimizes flight times and ensures that all flights take place with the safety of the client and community in mind.

Highlights of our aerial pipeline patrol program include:

  • Safety corridor development to ensure that flight paths are safe
  • TFR analysis and updates to the flight crew
  • Development of blowdown schedules and other industry-related operations to ensure that air and ground resources are scheduled appropriately
  • GIS-based data collection for observations from the cockpit
  • Development of real-time and post-flight reporting of observations
  • Post-flight video review of each flight using 1080p high-definition video
  • Long-term video archival for compliance-related data requests
  • Detailed metrics and web-based dashboard reporting for all flight and video-related operations
  • Flight operations, which can provide continued updates to GIS-based systems as construction projects and community development evolves
  • Detailed aerial imagery and orthorectified photography services
  • Web-based tracking system for all flight operations crew members, which allows clients to view and monitor air resources in real time
  • Geohazard detection, analysis and modeling, which allows preventative measures and quick responses to geologic movements
  • Detailed analysis of exposed spans, which reduces maintenance costs by alerting clients of needed maintenance early

Data

Using custom applications, G2-IS downloads preflight data to create optimal and cost-efficient flights. During the flight, G2-IS records information, then the aerial patrol group analyzes it and shares it with the client.

Aerial patrol flights yield GPS data such as flight paths and real-time data collected by aerial patrol via mobile devices.

Data collection includes:

  • LiDAR
  • Orthographic photos
  • Vertical photos
  • Obliques
  • Infrared

Experienced research and review teams process, validate, analyze and report data. Clients can easily reference data, via secure servers, to review specific segments, zones, etc.

G2-IS delivers..

  • Customized programs that employ high-end technology and data sets to satisfy needs ranging from simple to highly sophisticated
  • Detailed observation tracking and analysis of ground activity with complete post-flight video analysis
  • Complex risk weighting of threats through risk-algorithm models to predict and identify unwanted activity
  • Expertise in the development and operation of 49 CRF 192-compliant aerial patrol programs for natural gas pipelines
  • Experienced fixed-wing and helicopter flight crews with special training in operation and safety, crew resource management, ground safety procedures and other safety protocol

Safety

Safety is G2-IS’s top priority. Our aerial pipeline patrol team works with each client to optimize the safety of the surveying crew. Aerial patrol carefully researches and hand-picks new aircraft, aircraft safety features, personnel training programs and camera systems for enhanced aerial patrols.

We conduct enhanced patrols at safer elevations while collecting far more substantive patrol data. The aircraft flies at higher elevations (e.g., 5,000-6,000 feet above ground level, instead of the usual 750 feet) to allow for countermeasures in the event of emergency conditions. Aerial patrollers rigorously train in both fixed and rotor-wing safety, crew resource management, ground safety procedures, and other safety protocols to ensure safe and efficient flights.

The hand-picked aircrafts accommodate safety enhancements such as an emergency parachute and access to emergency controls for qualified crew members.

See how our field assurance services can optimize your business.

Learn how G2-IS improves and consolidates its clients’ GIS land base, enabling them to accept GPS data from both internal and external collectors and place it in the system with minimal effort. With accurately mapped facilities, down time is reduced and emergency response planning is much quicker and more accurate.

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