Observation and Mitigation of Geohazards from Space

  • 2018 Conference Schedule
  • IPE Theatre Schedule
  • September 27, 2018
  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm


Changing ground conditions are a challenge for pipeline system monitoring. Long pipeline rights-of-way in remote zones can be costly to monitor with aircraft or ground crew walking the line. These methods rely on anecdotal evidence of change and while “eyes on’’ can be the most trusted method of understanding the ground hazards, satellite methods can provide accurate measurements of ground movement, land cover change, and large area coverage. These methods can more efficiently direct human intervention, remediation, and prevention activities to ensure that resources are directed in the most effective way. To solve problems in pipeline system surveillance, MDA exploits optical and radar monitoring to provide high resolution and coverage of both remote and densely populated areas. From the measurement of induced slumping to charting the ground movement effects from forest fires, MDA’s pipeline monitoring programme present comprehensive, cost effective methods for capturing and predicting ground changes that present risk to the pipeline system. Our presentation shows examples of end to end pipeline monitoring for large (20,000 sq mi and larger) with detailed high resolution measurements of small potential hazards.