With detection rates that are close to the speed of light, high fidelity dynamic sensing, or “HDS”, can easily be seen as the ‘Star Trek’ of modern sensing technology.
But, unlike Star Trek, HDS is very real, and its application in pipeline operations is beginning to revolutionize the detection and prevention of pipeline leaks. That’s why the HDS innovator, Calgary-based Hifi Engineering, was recently awarded the 2019 Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) Foundation’s Innovation Award.
About Pipelines Blog spoke with Hifi’s President and CEO, Steven Koles, to find out what this award means for the company.
“The CEPA Foundation Innovation Award is huge validation for our work,” said Koles. “We’re so proud of this technology. It’s a Canadian invention that’s creating clean tech jobs and contributing in a big way to pipeline safety and continuous improvement.”
Koles notes that pipeline operating companies have been involved in rigorous testing of the technology. “We’ve proven ourselves,” he notes proudly. “And we’re starting to see tremendous momentum, not just in Canada and the U.S., but in other areas of the world such as Europe and Australia. We believe this technology can become the new global gold standard.”
Watch this brief video for a demonstration of how HDS works to safeguard pipelines from potential damage and detect even small leaks.
The CEPA Foundation Innovation Award is determined by three criteria:
“The competition was tough for this award,” said Rob Beamish, CEPA Foundation’s Executive Director. “We felt Hifi’s technology is a great example of the industry’s continuing adoption of advanced solutions to help deliver energy in the safest and most reliable way possible.”
Learn more about the CEPA Foundation.