Detect Gas Leaks Remotely in Real Time

Hydrocarbon leaks are an ongoing challenge in oil and gas production, processing, storage and delivery. Asset integrity programs strive tirelessly to protect the public, workers, corporate reputations, and stakeholder value. A cost-effective tool that helps operators detect leaks and prevent larger problems has significant value.

Pixel Velocity has a software solution that transforms proven optical gas imagery solutions into scalable leak detection platforms, without extensive training, to deliver continuous higher quality data offsite to operators and asset integrity specialists. Proven hyperspectral sensor technology detects twenty hydrocarbon gases, with higher precision, continuously and automatically, at a safe distance or from a remote offsite location. Other sensors deployable alongside can help operators detect other problems, and respond before they develop.

A typical deployed system includes remotely controllable optical gas imagery sensors, the Event Velocity® IoT edge processing platform, and sensor analytics developed by Pixel. Pixel’s software is hardware-agnostic and can support a broad array of additional sensor and machine data inputs to comprise a complete and scalable oil and gas operations optimization IoT system that releases the value of time once spent on routine monitoring across many operating sites. Pixel works with integrators who acquire and install the sensors, processors and edge network connections with Pixel’s software. Installation, even for remote and hazardous sites, can be accomplished quickly.

The ROI for this solution is clear:

  • Early detection before a major unplanned outage can occur
  • Added time for public and worker safety,
  • Data for optimization and regulatory compliance
  • Insight to support corporate responsibility programs
  • The cost of the solution is immediately offset by reducing the cost of manned onsite monitoring and by the value of broadly preventing hazardous conditions in the most sensitive areas.

Contact us for further information and for case studies of how this solution has been used to detect and report gas leaks to the right people in real time at a range of thresholds.

Digitizing Field Service in the Oil and Gas Industry

Remote oil and gas assets are largely managed through routine site visits by operators who drive company-owned vehicles on scheduled routes at scheduled frequencies. This is inefficient, expensive, and wasteful. Many sites do not need routine visits. Events that require attention may not occur when an operator is on site. The cost of visiting low-producing sites routinely may mean the difference between profit and loss. Windshield time is a significant safety hazard. Production is rising, but low unemployment rates are making it harder to find qualified operators. There is a better way.

Event Velocity software is a scalable edge computing IoT solution that supports efficient field personnel deployment over thousands of sites through event-driven dispatching. Data from video, infrared, and audio sensors are correlated with SCADA data in a single environment. Alerts activate cameras and microphones that focus on the asset that generated the alert. Operators can initiate a workflow to view and listen to the asset in real time to determine if the problem is transient, can be managed remotely, or requires a site visit. Workflows can be saved and exported. The net effect of this is fewer site visits, higher production without adding operators, and improved safety.

Event Velocity also can be scheduled to perform periodic virtual tours, or operators can choose an asset to view at any time. The solution is designed for efficient use of computing power and bandwidth, creating minimal network impact. Exception reporting enables attention to be focused on repeatedly problematic sites.

Benefits include more insight in less time, event-driven dispatching, fewer unproductive site visits, and early remote identification of safety issues. Event Velocity can extend asset profitability and elevate safety to new levels.

Today’s volatile oil prices and global competition are placing companies under enormous pressure to improve efficiencies and reduce costs while continuing to increase production. Labor shortages are stretching field service staffs. Scaling field service operations with an IoT edge computing solution like Event Velocity is one way to scale operations and to support best practices, such as dynamic route optimization and condition-based maintenance, while dramatically improving remote asset management, operator safety and margins.