Deployment and Re-Deployment of Mobile Leak Detection Devices
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Dr. Steve Edmondson
Steve Edmondson, Adrian Banica
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Direct-C offers a range of battery-powered fully mobile Leak Detection Systems that can be deployed to monitor areas of concern on liquid Hydrocarbon Pipelines and Storage Units. The Systems can be installed and commissioned in a few minutes (in some cases, and will automatically connect via Cellular or Satellite modems within an Internet Of Things device to a cloud based data and asset management system which monitors for any sign of Hydrocarbon liquid contacting the sensors.

If a repair is planned for a particular pipeline location, the Leak Detection System can be left in place until repairs are carried out and then moved to another location once the repair is complete. In this way a fleet of Leak Detection Systems can be incorporated into a planned maintenance program providing a high degree of focused risk mitigation.

Direct-C offers four versions of their Leak Detection Devices- all have the same IOT device and use the same cloud-based management system but feature custom nanotechnology based sensors:

  • SubSense™- This is a ground probe system, where the sensor is installed inside a protective tube which is inserted into a prepared hole in the ground next to the pipe in the pipeline’s predicted leak path.
  • WrapSense™- This comprises a long flexible sensor chain which is typically installed in the 6 o’clock position beneath the pipe. 
  • FlangeSense™- these flexible sensors are very narrow, typically only 6 mm wide, enabling monitoring inside of a flange or other small gap in the pipeline equipment where leaks could occur.
  • BermSense™- this is similar in design to SubSense but has a tripod support to enable above ground installation, within the berm of a tank farm.

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