There are approximately 2.7 million miles of pipelines in the United States and, at least, half are estimated to be 50 years old or older...some as much as 100 years old. A combination of spills and failures of the pipe have revealed that a significant number resulted from corrosion, fatigue, failed weld joints and degenerative coatings. Risks to the public from hazardous liquids and highly-pressurized gas transmission pipelines result from the potential for release of these products being transported through aged pipelines. These can often impact surrounding populations, property and the environment (including wildlife) and may result in injuries to humans.
There are only 528 government inspectors in the United States. That equals one inspector for every 5,000 miles of pipeline. The use of unmanned systems (drones) and robotics equipped with sophisticated sensors and medical-imaging-like optics have great potential in identifying hazards giving rise to preventative, remedial and necessary corrective and preventative measures. DII - 4D Inspection Technologies, LLC is focused on developing technologies and techniques for utilizing robotic and unmanned technologies to perform inspection tasks that are "dull, dirty, dangerous, and difficult" in the oil and gas industry.
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