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D t h 1 gy ‘t’
h f th ° 1' ° (1 t g
Hy aatn Mal-Is strne
an Magazlnts
hen it eomes to leak
deteetnrn, Heath
consultant. is a
company that know.-
what it's doing one reason this
company has been in business for the
past 25 years is they are constantly on
the lookout tor new and lnnuvauvz
teohnology to bring to their elients
Paul wehnert, senior vice president
of sales and marketing says, "Each
- — — — — teohnology has to be at least as good
: . , _ as the one that eame beiore." so you
’ — —- _. ’ ' can bet that when Heath began to use
‘ :—' )_ \ - uAvs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or
- \ T‘ —> i; W -  .e, , ’’dmnes'', they had been thoroughly
e ~"‘ F’: 35- " fj"' ' tested and the numbers had been
. run.
, ‘ About four years ago, l-leath
— consultants and physical serenees,

Inc were awarded a Department

of Energy grant meant to develop

‘=2 innovative technology to reduce
Q. greenhouse gas emissions. The
C . obluct was to find new uses for
_ _ existing lechnolngy so the eompames
"of #21 to work to create a new way uf
_ .- ' , , inspeetmg pipeline right.--oi-way tor
. ' ' ’ ‘ leaks and damage.
. ' _ " ‘ combining Heath consultants’
0 *— portable leak deteetion hardware
9 _ ' 9,  - ' with Physlczll seiences, lne.'s lnstant
' Eye teohnology and mounting them
- on a deela.-siiied military drone

proved to be a winning combination
”W2 were able to minianrrize the
teohnology and put it on a drone to
do inspections via the air along R-0-
ws, primarily with natural gas."

but leaks are not the only thing these
drones are handy for. Accordlng

,, I ' ‘ ‘ to Paul, ‘They ran deteet leaks-

v v - ~ ~ ' ’ ’ ‘ ' on the line, but at the same time,
with the rameras, you ran monitor
eon.-rruetion or eneroaohments
by landowners or conslrucliun
Compames " This teature saves
manpower that would otherwise be
required to walk the entire length of
a pipeline
I’rev|uu~'ly, technicians equipped
with gas deteetion deyiees on their
persons would have walked the line

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