GAIL undertakes initiative for making use of the latest technology for safeguarding their assets through the pilot project of Surveillance of RoU of Cross Country Pipeline & Process Plant through UAV/DRONE
In order to ensure the safety and reliability of pipelines against encroachments, washouts, sabotage, excavations, construction work etc. GAIL has conducted Aerial Video Surveillance through Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) on pilot basis for a 27 km stretch of Pipeline RoU in the Shivpuri District of Madhya Pradesh on 19th & 20th December 2017.
Aerial surveillance through UAVs equipped with cameras and sensors for cross country pipelines passing through forests, inaccessible areas, rivers, environmental sensitive areas is an effective option overcoming the limitations of present practices of Foot patrolling and Air Surveillance using Helicopter.
Moving forward it is required to extract more value from this exercise by storing this data, analyzing and maintaining historical records for comparison.
Based on the outcome of this pilot project and present regulatory restrictions, GAIL will decide further course of action concerning usage of UAV for pipeline & plant surveillance.