Leak Detection On Underground Pipelines
A range of detection techniques
The safety of your pipeline surroundings is our priority. The Sniffers has mastered a full range of sophisticated leak detection techniques. Depending on the type of leak and the pipeline surroundings, we select the most optimal (combination of) detection method(s).
Extend your pipeline’s life
Detecting leaks at an early stage is crucial in securing the quality and continuity of your pipeline infrastructure. In consultation with our clients, we set up a periodical run with the approved techniques, not only to fulfil their legal obligations, but also to evaluate their pipeline’s condition, helping them to make the right investments.
Highly advanced software
We can proudly announce that the software tool “PERSEUS”, is our secret weapon. A flexible application to collect, analyse and report your pipeline data. As such we clearly mapyour complete infrastructure andintroduce new leak indications. This is the major advantage of consulting historical leak detection information which can be very useful when analysing incidents and when determining future strategies.
Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management
Complete Cathodic Protection Program
For the optimal maintenance of your pipeline infrastructure and in order to avoid corrosion, or even worse leakages, cathodic protection is indispensable. The Sniffers offers a complete control and optimisation program. We visualise and outline the critical points in your cathodic protection system. In consultation with the client The Sniffers determines the installation of the most optimal cathoddic protection systems: a sacrificial anode or an impressed current system. By preventing corrosion, you save costs.
Various Survey Techniques
To evaluate your cathodic protection system, The Sniffers can carry out several different techniques, depending on your specific request and situation: on‐potential survey, close interval potential (CIP) survey and ON/OFF potential data logging (f.e. 24h measurements). A cathodic protection survey can be perfectly combined with our other inspection services and is especially interesting when combined with a coating survey. Our non‐destructive coating surveys can ensure that the coating remains adequate everywhere at all times.
Various Fault Detection Techniques
The Sniffers can perform several different techniques, depending on your specific request and situation: direct current voltage gradient (DCVG) survey, Pearson survey, impressed current measurements and pipeline current mapping (PCM).
Highly Advanced Software
We can proudly announce that the software tool “PERSEUS”, is our secret weapon. A flexible application to collect, analyse and report your pipeline data. As such we clearly map your complete pipeline infrastructure including cathodic protecƟon levels and/or geographically located coating defects.
Pipeline Inspections & Maintenance Services
A range of inspection methods
Excavation works in the vicinity of the pipeline, which are not declared according the legal rules, are the major cause of pipeline incidents. To detect these pirate yards early, The Sniffers provides (a combination of) several inspection methods.
Synergies with other services
Our pipeline inspection team is constantly present in the field while managing your pipeline network. Several services and projects can easily be combined during inspection works, creating cost effective synergies and a high extra added value.
- Extra maintenance services. We provide basic green maintenance, material maintenance and maintain pipeline signalisation.
- Renovation projects. We update your pipeline signalisation with new markers or renew existing markers to assure the visibility of your facilities.
- Trees. When requested we can cut down hazardous trees, above or around the pipeline under the supervision of qualified personnel.
- Depth of cover. Our localisation and digitalisation program enables us to determine the depth of underground pipelines and evaluate them according to the (legal) standards without having to excavate.
- Isolation joints. When driving by your section posts, our well‐educated team can control the quality of your isolation joints, keeping in mind all security precautions.
Highly advanced software
We can proudly announce that the software tool “PERSEUS”, is our secret weapon. A flexible application to collect, analyse and report your pipeline data. As such we clearly mapyour complete pipeline infrastructure including third party activities and have real time access to new and historical information for a qualitative pipeline network management.
Third Party Interferences
Complete management program
More than 50% of the pipeline incidents are caused by third party activities. With in‐house specialists and up‐to‐date equipment The Sniffers provides a unique and complete follow up of third party works:‐
- Advisingon how to set up procedures and working documents
- Following up and responding to the administrative work requests and manage them in our software tool
- Assisting and representing the pipeline owner at meetings
- Guiding and following up working yards in all their aspects
By means of our third party interference program we halve your risks on pipeline incidents. Our goal is to create an incident‐free environment. For the safety of third parƟes and your staff.
Highly advanced software
We can proudly announce that the software tool “PERSEUS”, we developed ourselves, is our secret weapon. A flexible application to collect, analyse and report your pipeline data. As such, we clearly map your complete pipeline infrastructure in real time, giving us all the latest information to intervene correctly so no mistakes can be made.
Pipeline & Cable Localisation - Digitalisation
Without having to excavate
The Sniffers provides a localisation and digitalisation program to clearly determine the position and depth of underground pipelines and cables without having to excavate. This means saving costs.
GPS measurements enable the easy import and digitalisation of the structure at a very limited additional cost in any Geographic Information System (GIS) of CAD drawing.
Where plans only represent the position of your underground infrastructure as it was in the past. Our measurement method delivers the latest information to keep your infrastructure database up‐to‐date. This is very important in our fast‐changing environment.
Third party interference control
Knowing the exact current location of the underground structures is a very crucial item for an optimal third party interference control.
Depth of cover
Our localisation and digitalisation program enables us to determine the depth of underground pipelines & cables. We evaluate them according to the (legal) standards without having to excavate. Insufficient depth is more likely to cause accidents, especially with low cover ditches and canals that are being cleaned every year.
Highly advanced software
We can proudly announce that the software tool “PERSEUS”, is our secret weapon. A flexible application to collect, analyse and report your pipeline data. As such we clearly mapyour complete pipeline infrastructure. With our management module we allow you to filter & visualise the valuable data.
Our specialised teams monitor your pipeline site during the construction phase. Strict inspection and control of construction activities is crucial to secure the qualityof your pipeline infrastructure.
In order to prevent incidents in tunnels, The Sniffers conduct extensive tunnel inspections. By monitoring your network in tunnels we map and indicate flaws, providing specific reports.
With our localisation and digitalisation program, we determine the exact coordinates and depthof underwater pipeline infrastructures.
By combining different services and know‐how we can quickly deploy new techniques. Through constant innovation, whilst staying on top of the latest developments and using the very latest proven techniques, we are able to present our clients with solutions that have been exactly tailored to satisfy their every project need.