Leak Detection

Detect leaks faster and with confidence

Detecting a leak quickly and effectively can be limited by a systems level of sensitivity, accuracy, reliability and robustness.

Eliminate the guesswork that compromises safe and reliable pipeline management by detecting and locating leaks accurately and in real time, regardless of fluctuating pipeline conditions with the OptaSense leak detection application.

Detect leaks faster with superior sensitivity
Internal leak detection systems are one of the most common technologies used to detect a leak. These systems use point sensors to track flow rates, as well as apply mathematical and statistical computations to monitor flow rates, pressures, temperatures and product characteristics. Although these systems are useful in identifying leaks, they lack in sensitivity. Leaks take longer to detect, and small leaks may go completely undetected.

Instead of relying on computational assumptions, the OptaSense leak detection application uses multimode leak detector to identify the physical characteristics of a leak, such as changes in temperature, pressure, ground strain and acoustics, in real time. This patented multimode detector delivers increased sensitivity and reliability so you can identify leaks faster, in order to eradicate minor issues before they become major incidents. In fact, our fiber-based system can detect small leaks 10 times faster than internal systems—allowing you to detect a 0.1% leak size within a matter of minutes.

Locate leaks with increased accuracy
Another issue with many systems is their inability to identify the location of a leak. With internal systems, leaks are determined by analyzing discrepancies between predicted and measured values. For accurate computational modeling, these systems require a large number of point sensors to monitor the extended range of a pipeline. Due to cost, sensors are only installed in increments along key areas of the pipeline, which limits their coverage and reliability.

With the OptaSense leak detection application, the fiber-optic cable acts a fully distributed sensor that offers thousands of detection points along the entire pipeline, capable of pinpointing the location of a leak within 10m, in real time.

Increase confidence in alarm reliability
Point sensors not only struggle to detect and locate leaks, calibration errors and fluctuating pipeline conditions can impact a system’s reliability—resulting in false alarms, missed leaks, or an unnecessary shutdown. Nuisance alarms are also an issue with many external fiber-based systems because they rely on a single detection method, such as temperature.

To minimize the costly impact of an unreliable system, the OptaSense leak detection application validates leaks before sounding an alarm. Using a patented multimode leak detector, our system confirms suspected leaks by measuring changes in noise, temperature, pressure, and ground strain, simultaneously and in real time. Multimode detector settings can be customized across every 10m section, adjusting to the environment and operating states at various locations.

Rely on robust system performance
Today’s complex pipeline networks require robust systems that perform under changing fluid compositions, temperatures and pressures, which for many internal systems often result in computational errors and false alarms.

The OptaSense leak detection application eliminates these issues by performing reliably under transient, slack-line, and multi-phase flow conditions. Even when critical pipeline infrastructure goes offline, this fiber-based system ensures continuous and reliable real-time event detection, classification and location.

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