Application of Remote Sensing and GIS for Pipeline Transmission
Application of Remote Sensing and GIS for Pipeline Transmission


Satellite remote sensing enhances planning, design, management, operation, and maintenance of pipeline systems. Satellite imagery integrated with GIS or CAD can assist pipeline monitoring to assure the safety of pipeline facilities. Industrial and scientific advances in satellite remote sensing systems and data processing techniques are opening new technological opportunities to develop an increased capability to accomplish the pipeline mapping and safety needs of the industry. These technologies when combined with GIS have significant potential to reduce a number of security issues as well as supply managers with solutions through spatial representation of data in land, lease management, exploration, production, transmissions, environmental, financial and facilities management. This information is required to make decisions that will significantly impact the operator's ability to provide the services demanded by their customers.

By using the High Resolution satellite sensors, data analysis methods and communication technology present new opportunities for users to increase productivity, reduce costs, facilitate innovation and create virtual environments for security improvement and risk reduction.

Sahara Desert, Southern Tunisia (DEM) Pipeline Transmissions in Virginia — LANDSAT
Sahara Desert, Southern Tunisia (DEM) Pipeline Transmissions in Virginia — LANDSAT

Pipeline Engineering/ Construction and Monitoring

Pipelines often cover thousands of miles and are located in remote areas that are hard to reach and difficult to monitor. Utility companies and semi government bodies are turning to high-resolution satellite imagery, aerial photography and LIDAR to identify optimum facility and infrastructure locations.

Digital Surface Model - Pipeline Engineering

3 Meter Digital Surface Model (DSM) for 5 Km Wide Pipeline Corridor

Utilizing 1m orthorectified high resolution satellite imagery and Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) provided by stereo satellite sensors likeGeoEye-1, WorldView-2, Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS, and Spot-5, companies can collect valuable 3 dimensional terrain information and resources for planning, implementing and maintaining facilities and infrastructure and supporting disaster management efforts. Satellite imagery can aid engineers and operators in:

  1. 1) monitoring electric and gas transmission corridors and rights-of-way
  2. 2) accurate and economical corridor analysis for power and gas pipelines
  3. 3) monitoring vegetation intrusion on transmission and distribution lines
  4. 4) mapping for cable placement
  5. 5) to determine if the situation calls for a notice, alert or alarm category of response
  6. 6) traditional safety, hazards, and disaster issues facing pipeline and infrastructure
  7. 7) deliberate acts of aggression
  8. 8) location of leakage
  9. 9) HCA Spill Modeling

Alaskan Pipeline

Alaskan Pipeline

Satellite Imaging Corporation's focus is to help large organizations improve by streamlining data management, reduce costs and improve access to critical data by moving large amounts of data through the organization.

SIC acquires high-resolution imagery with geographic information systems to geo-position pipelines and powerlines, this information is useful for planning and decision making. Our imaging and geodesy experts are experienced in extracting, manipulating and supplementing satellite image data to aid projects in oil & gas exploration, development, and production, land cadastre, construction planning and environmental impact studies, our team is experienced in creating precise, interactive maps from orthorectified satellite images in which you can freely move through a non-static, 3D landscape.

3D Terrain Flythrough Scenes

Get QuickTime QuickTime Movie 3D Terrain Visualization (4.95 MB mov file)
Get Windows Media Player Windows Movie 3D Terrain Visualization (6.29 MB wmv file)

SIC has unmatched commitment to quality control. We provide continuing geodesy, mapping, coordinate transformation, ArcView GIS, and ArcGIS 3D Analyst consultancy services to our clients for their project needs. We ensure that the 2D and 3D image data sets provided to our clients are utilized in only the most effective manner. On every GIS project, whether it is large or small, we implement ongoing data quality control to ensure that coordinate databases, foreign source data such as geological and topographic maps, remote sensed imagery, and GIS data attributes and layers to create a truly seamless GIS mapping environment.