In recent times, the landscape of asset monitoring has witnessed a transformative shift with the emergence of advanced technologies, particularly satellite and drone systems.
The utilization of Earth observation satellites for monitoring purposes began gaining momentum in the late 20th century. Free government programs, such as those initiated by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), played a pivotal role in providing open access to satellite imagery. These programs not only facilitated scientific research but also allowed industries to leverage satellite data for monitoring critical infrastructure and environmental changes.
Spottitt has been selected by Transport for NSW and Transgrid to apply satellite-based and AI-powered technology to automatically detect changing conditions in the NSW road and rail network and to provide real-time insights for Transgrid’s easement route maintenance and planning, respectively.
These projects will be conducted within the GRAVITY Challenge 06 program led by Deloitte Australia, an initiative that brings together start-ups, scale-ups, entrepreneurs and universities to address real industrial and environmental problems using space data. The Collaborate Phase will continue until mid-March 2024.
As our global climate continues to undergo profound transformations, the challenges posed by climate change are increasingly felt across various sectors of society, including critical infrastructure.
Climate change, characterized by rising temperatures, increased occurrences of extreme weather events, and shifting precipitation patterns, have exposed vulnerabilities within power networks. Often designed under the assumptions of historical climate patterns, now they are increasingly susceptible to the new normal of extreme weather, prolonged heat waves, and more severe freezing.
InSAR Analysis and Corner Reflector Experiments for Infrastructure Stability Monitoring Using Sentinel-1 Imagery
National Grid Energy Transmissions (NGET), which owns and maintains the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales, conducts invasive analysis annually to monitor the towers most at risk of movement. Moreover, the NGET inspection teams perform annual line walking activities and monthly substation inspections during which they visually assess the presence of asset motion. These interventions are crucial to avoid issues which may cause expensive assets replacements or reconstruction. It costs NGET over £6 million per year to monitor only 1% of their most at risk assets.
The operation of oil and gas transmission pipelines entails inherent risks associated with the potential for unintentional product releases. Oil and gas product releases have traditionally been treated as safety issues due to the risk of explosions and asphyxiation, but increasingly, the environmental impact of unintentional product releases is fast becoming the key risk to be reduced and avoided via Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programs.
Spottitt is known for utilising satellite data to offer infrastructure owners valuable insights into the diverse external risks affecting their assets. But how precisely do we derive these insights from satellite imagery? The answer is – machine learning, and today we’re inviting you behind the curtains of our product to unveil the whole process.
As more organizations turned to Spottitt for monitoring growing numbers of assets, we recognized that the traditional geospatial platform’s map view, which was effective for small-scale monitoring, became cumbersome when dealing with larger datasets. So, we embarked on the development of Spottitt Metrics Factory. Since its beta launch in late 2022, ten organizations from around the world have been delighting in the ability to view and interact with their asset monitoring data using the product.
In this piece, we delve into the realm of satellite technology, focusing on the determination of vegetation height and the planning of routes for electrical distribution lines.
Additionally, we examine the algorithm that empowers open-source meters in resolution SAR sensors to measure millimeters per year of land or asset motion. We also provide an overview of the driving forces behind the application of satellite technology for monitoring methane and other greenhouse gases.
Today, we’re going to address common myths and misconceptions surrounding satellite data and analytics. These are questions that have frequently come up from both our clients and prospects. Our aim is to provide clarity and assist you in understanding whether satellite-based asset monitoring is something you should consider for your organization.
Satellite-based asset monitoring is a growing trend for utility asset management in the Nordic region. Several countries and even more energy companies are already using or actively exploring technology to mitigate critical infrastructure risks and improve O&M performance.
This article highlights Spottitt’s recent client successes in the region, made possible through Innoenergy’s support.