CEPA members work carefully together sharing best practices and modern technology to make their control rooms as efficient as possible and rank as one of the best worldwide. There is continuously monitoring at all times. The pipeline right of way is regularly patrolled by crew members while maintenance is performed. There are hydrocarbon sensor video surveillance cameras used in conjunction with temperature sensors to detect any possible leaks immediately.
Inspecting and Protecting
The pipeline and all its equipment are inspected and maintained on the inside as well as the outside. Smart pigs are pipeline inspection gauges that are located on the inside of the pipeline and are also regularly inspected. The highly technological machines are equipped with sensors and GPS tracking.
The smart pigs travel within the pipeline to detect any abnormal activity. They have the ability to detect things like corrosion and minute cracks. Should anything be detected this could result in an integrity dig so the pipeline operators can have a better view of the pipeline itself. This will enable them to make repairs or replacements to the pipeline system immediately. This is also a proactive measure to prevent accidents of spillage and/or leakage.
Control Room Monitoring and Alarms
The control room is the hub of the transportation of crude oil and fuel transportation monitoring. Every single inspection whether it be on land or in the air, every pumping station, every maintenance operation, every remote sensor is monitored in the control room by using a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
This type of system is very similar to those that are used by air traffic controllers and at space stations. It is very important for public safety, the safety of employees and environment protection that the Canadian pipeline systems are monitored around the clock. If an anomaly happens, the control centre receives an alarm immediately so action can be taken.