Full version of PTC conference paper 2024

Last month, Orbital Eye visited the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) in Berlin. At the conference, they presented together with Gasunie how Orbital Eyeโ€™s satellite-based RoW monitoring solution was deployed to three locations of Gasunie’s network in the Netherlands as a monitoring method, and how COSMIC-EYE performed compared to other monitoring methods.

You can take a look at the conference paper here:

PTC Paper Orbital Eye 2024

Interested to hear how COSMIC-EYE can be deployed operationally to monitor Third Party Interferences around your pipeline network? Send an email to info@orbitaleye.nl

Orbital Eye Expands: Training in Poland and Monitoring in Spain

Orbital Eye on the road! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Last week, Orbital Eye was in Poland to give training for the Cosmic-EYE software to a new customer for which we recently started monitoring its pipelines. This week, we visited Nedgia, grupo Naturgyย in Barcelona, to discuss the first results of the deployment of CoSMiC-EYE for monitoring part of Nedgia’s pipeline network.


Side benefit of Orbital Eye’s growing customer base is that the Orbital Eye team gets to explore new cities and countries all over the world! ๐ŸŒŽ

World Water Day: Orbital Eye Monitors Critical Water Transport Pipelines for Dutch Water Companies

World Water Day! ๐Ÿ’ง

Orbital Eye is now monitoring the critical transport pipelines of three Dutch water companies โ€“ย Dunea,ย PWN, andย Waternet, providing clean drinking water to over 2.2 million households in the Netherlands.

These large pipelines transport pre-treated water from the rivers (Dunea), from the Lekkanaal (Waternet), and from the Ijsselmeer (PWN), to the Dutch water dunes, where the water is further cleared to be distributed to consumers. Besides, parts of these pipelines are directly connected to industrial consumers.

In general, the water companies are aware of all third-party activities that are going on around these pipelines. However, as the pipelines are typically located in remote areas, it can be challenging for the water companies to monitor each part of the pipeline frequently for unknown activities close to, or on top of the pipelines.

Orbital Eye informs the water companies on a frequent basis about the activities going on in the pipeline corridor โ€“ based on the analysis of SAR- and multispectral satellite imagery. Moreover, if an activity is detected, Orbital Eye also provides an optical image for the location of the activity, enabling the staff of the water companies to do a first assessment of the detected activities from the office.

An additional benefit of using satellite imagery to monitor these critical pipelines is that for every location along the pipeline, an archive is built up โ€“ with information about detected activities, and optical satellite imagery. In case a leakage occurs, the water companies can easily look back in time to see if any third-party activities took place at the location of the leakage.

COSMIC-EYE Featured in Nederlandse Vereniging voor Ruimtevaart Magazine

Orbital Eye got featured in the magazine of theย Nederlandse Vereniging voor Ruimtevaart! ๐Ÿš€

In the article, it is described how Orbital Eye has developed a monitoring solution for pipeline operators based on data from the Sentinel satellites, and how this solution is operationally deployed at multiple pipeline operators already.

If you want to read the full article, drop us a message and weโ€™re happy to send you the full version!

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