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DLP technology revolutionises pipeline safety

Seikowave uses DLP structured light measurement for pipeline measurements in the oil and gas industry; an industry which is extremely committed to safety.

As part of that commitment, oil and gas pipelines are checked at regular intervals for corrosion pits, cracks and dents which can compromise pipeline safety. Seikowave has developed a structured light 3D imaging system based on DLP technology from Texas Instruments.

The result is an instrument capable of making highly accurate 3D measurements on pipelines.

The product is a handheld unit that's field ruggedised to go in wet or muddy environments and can even fit easily under the pipeline. Data about the structural integrity of the pipeline using 3D measurement is accurate, NIST traceable, can be analysed for trends, and can be archived; the data are compatible with existing analysis tools, such as RSTRENG, for determining pipeline fitness for service.

Because the measurement process is independent of the operator, the fitness for service result is far more reliable. Costly, unwarranted cut outs can be avoided without compromising safety; measurement and analysis times are reduced from hours to minutes. These capabilities are changing the way pipelines are assessed and helping to make the energy infrastructure more secure.

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