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Monday, November 6, 2023

Understanding the Power of LiDAR in Pipeline Inspections

When it comes to pipelines, staying ahead of potential issues is essential for maintaining the integrity of this critical infrastructure. Russell NDE's recent advancements have brought about groundbreaking approaches to pipeline assessment, and one of the standout technologies in this field is LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). Below, we'll explore how we used LiDAR technology in a recent project and answer common questions our customers ask to shed light on its capabilities. Continue reading to find out more. 


LiDAR in Action: A Recent Project

Picture this: a massive 48-inch pipeline stretching from Edmonton to the West Coast, traversing mountains and rugged terrains. In such a scenario, traditional inspection methods fall short. This is where Russell NDE's LiDAR technology stepped up as a game-changing, non-destructive testing solution. In this recent project, our LiDAR technology was utilized to measure the pipeline's internal diameter and look for any ovality issues. 


The approach to this unique inspection project was innovative: a gondola was used for our crew to gain access to the pipeline, and we attached a tether to our LiDAR equipment to ensure precision and safety when sending it down the pipeline on the side of the mountain. This strategic approach enabled the Russell NDE team to collect precise measurements of the pipeline I.D., providing our client with insights that were previously difficult to obtain through conventional methods. Russell NDE's LiDAR and CCTV technology in this project allowed for a comprehensive evaluation of the pipeline's condition, even in the face of steep mountains and rugged terrain. 


Addressing Common Questions About LiDAR

At Russell NDE, our customers often have questions regarding LiDAR, its capabilities, and its advantages over other inspection methods. Here are some common questions we can address: 


Can LiDAR Map the Inner Diameter (ID) of a Pipe?

Historically, pipelines' inner diameters were mapped using calliper tools equipped with fingers. However, Russell's LiDAR technology has revolutionized this process. It employs a laser to accurately measure the diameter of the pipe's interior. This capability provides a detailed and precise view of the pipeline's dimensions, noting any ovality, dents, wrinkles or other changes in the diameter of the pipe.


What Makes LiDAR so Appealing for Clients?

Our customers appreciate our LiDAR technology for its ability to scan the internal profile of a pipe comprehensively and accurately. This technology utilizes laser beams to collect data, resulting in a highly detailed and accurate representation of the pipeline's condition in a short period. This means that Russell NDE's LiDAR technology can inspect your pipeline quickly and efficiently. 


Is LiDAR Compatible with CCTV Inspections?

Russell NDE's LiDAR can be seamlessly integrated with our CCTV inspection technology. Combining these two technologies offers a holistic view of pipeline conditions. While LiDAR focuses on measurements and defect identification, CCTV captures visual data. This dual approach enhances the accuracy of inspections and ensures a more comprehensive assessment.


How Does LiDAR Benefit Pipeline Projects Near Sensitive Areas?

LiDAR is particularly valuable in scenarios like projects that are near sensitive ecosystems or close to local populations. By providing accurate measurements and insights, LiDAR helps ensure our clients understand the conditions of their pipelines. That way, they can make informed decisions regarding repairs and replacements while mitigating potential disasters.


Ready to Learn More?

At Russell NDE Systems Inc., we understand the importance of staying at the forefront of pipeline inspection technology. Our integration of LiDAR and CCTV technologies offers clients unmatched insights into the condition of their pipelines. Combining these technologies facilitates holistic data analysis, maximizes inspection accuracy, and enables proactive maintenance planning.


Our team is committed to providing non-destructive testing solutions that address the unique inspection needs of our clients, such as detecting corrosion under insulation, inspecting heat exchanger tubes and boiler tubes and ensuring the longevity and reliability of critical pipelines. 


Contact Russell NDE to learn more about our LiDAR technology.

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