Dredging activity detected

Today we present another activity detected by our satellite-based monitoring solution CoSMiC-EYE: dredging.

Dredging activities can have a significant impact on pipelines, causing damage and disruption to operations and therefore need to be monitored closely by pipeline operators. Through the analysis of multi-spectral data from the Sentinel-2 satellite, we detected the dredging activity shown in the video, and reported this to our customer. Besides, we provided high-resolution optical satellite data for the location of the dredging activity, enabling this customer to follow the progress of dredging from the office.


Mariann Alber is joining Orbital Eye as an UX Design intern

We are happy to announce that a new member is joining the team! Mariann Alber started last week as an UX Design intern at Orbital Eye and below you can see what she shared with us ๐Ÿ˜Š

“Hi, I am Mariann Alber, a second-year UX Design student at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. The Netherlands has become a favorite place of mine after living in multiple countries during the last three years. The open-mindedness of its people and the nature of the country charmed me.

I enjoy spending my free time outside with my partner and family or playing board games together. My favorite way to relax is by putting puzzles together or playing adventure games on my Nintendo Switch. To expand my skills and challenge myself, I am always up for trying new things, like running 16km in the mud or going waterskiing. The best part about UX design for me is prototyping, I can get lost in time when I begin with it. I could do that for the rest of my life.

It will be my pleasure to put my skills to work as the first UX Design intern at Orbital Eye for the next five months. I’m eager to gain new experience and knowledge at a high-tech company. My goal is to attain a deep understanding of the workflow and create a visua

Benefits of Satellite Based Pipeline Monitoring #6 Scalability

๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€?
Common ways of monitoring pipeline networks are by aerial inspection, or by car patrol. But what happens when the network increases in size? Or when the monitoring frequency has to be increased to maintain a safety level under the trend of increasing groundworks for the energy transition? An additional helicopter flight is needed and extra personal is hired for the car patrols. Those solutions increase the already costly monitoring expenses and can not be regarded scalable at all. The solution provided by CoSMiC-EYE is per definition easily scalable because of the use of satellites. We can start monitoring all over the world without having to get equipment at difficult to reach places. It is simultaneously very straightforward and cost-effective to double the monitoring frequency compared to the other methods. We do not have to hire additional people to drive or fly by the network. All can be done with the already available satellites and can be monitored easily from the office by the same person.

๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฆ๐— ๐—ถ๐—–-๐—˜๐—ฌ๐—˜:
โœ… Provides an almost instant monitoring solution all over the world
โœ… Straightforward and cost effective to increase monitoring frequency
โœ… Requires little extra personnel when expanding

๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ:
The principle of scalability of satellite based pipeline operations is easily explained in the video. An area in the Netherlands in green is monitored by a radar satellite. The red box is the area being monitored by the satellite; here a single overpass of a single satellite. With that same overpass, we can monitor as well a network in Spain near Barcelona. Then we zoom out and see the coverage of that single satellite for a 12 day period, and you can see how easily scalable CoSMiC-EYE really is! And we didnโ€™t even take into account that there are so much more satellites we acquire data from.

Benefits of Satellite Based Pipeline Monitoring #๏ผ•: Reliability

๐—”๐—น๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ:
All sensors have their strengths and weaknesses. Or do they? CoSMiC-EYE fuses multiple satellites together to overcome the conventional weaknesses of aerial-based inspections. The combination of satellites cancels out the individual weaknesses of each respective sensor. As a result, CoSMiC-EYE has proven to provide data and analytics in all weather conditions, at any time of the day, and at at any place in the world. Thatโ€™s a comprehensive summary of what we call reliability.

๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฆ๐— ๐—ถ๐—–-๐—˜๐—ฌ๐—˜:
โœ… radar satellites operate in any weather and daytime condition
โœ… high-resolution optical satellites provide multiple overpasses per day
โœ… AI combines all sensors together to provide insightful analytics

๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ:
The video illustrates the basic working principle of CoSMiC-EYE. The radar satellite cuts through the cloud and detects an unknown object near the corridor. High-resolution optical satellites are tasked and show what is happening on the ground. In this case, the unknown object was confirmed to be an excavator by ground patrol.

Celebrating success

Last Monday the Orbital Eye team enjoyed a very nice Thai dinner! Finally, we could celebrate all our successes of the past 2.5 years with the entire, expanded, team. On to many more successes!

Do you want to be part of this team and contribute to the next successes? We currently have several open internship positions! Check out the ‘About Us’ page on the website to read more about these positions.

Final day of the Pipeline Technology Conference

Yesterday we presented the results of two operational deployments of CoSMiC-EYE, one in the Netherlands and one in Trinidad and Tobago! Thanks to the audience for attending and the interesting questions.

โฉToday there is a final chance to meet us at the conference in Berlin and learn about our sustainable satellite-based solution for pipeline RoW Third Party Interference monitoring first hand! Meet us at the coffee area