Leak Detection Design – Deployment

Major pipeline operators across the globe rely on UTSI to assist in the design through deployment of pipeline leak detection systems. UTSI’s expertise pairs extensive experience with SCADA and the control room environment with highly detailed knowledge of new and established leak detection solutions and practices. While there is no ‘best’ leak detection solution, UTSI has the breadth and depth to identify high priority factors for any given pipeline scenario, and evaluate and identify the appropriate technology and approach to establish a robust leak detection system.


Establishing a clear path from design to deployment is vital to the success of any leak detection project. In the pre-design stage, UTSI will engage the customer in a Needs Assessment, where key stakeholders will be interviewed to determine the operational requirements for the new or improved leak detection system. In addition, a detailed review of the physical infrastructure and its instrumentation, as well as its operating regimes, will be undertaken. This will be used to perform a leak sensitivity/performance assessment, and/or validate the customer’s performance expectations. Once clear objectives and performance expectations have been established, if required by the project scope, UTSI will develop a technical specification to set baseline requirements, which will become the basis of a detailed RFP. Subsequently, UTSI typically evaluates proposals and provides recommendations and feedback to the customer pertaining to pros & cons of each proposed solution. Learn more about the process through which UTSI evaluates technology for leak detection systems.


Designing a highly effective leak detection system hinges upon understanding three elements: the existing instrumentation, the characteristics of the pipeline and its products, and the performance goals of the customer. Once these elements have been established, UTSI will develop functional and detailed designs to outline how the selected system fulfills the operational requirements and how its implementation will be carried out.


From concept to completion, UTSI places an emphasis on highly engaged project management and minimal operational impact. While a vendor might play a large role in rolling out the leak detection system, UTSI will always ensure that the project stays on track, that key stakeholders remain knowledgeable and engaged at each stage of the process through periodic reporting, and that the customer’s goals remain the top priority. UTSI will also apply its expertise at each step of the implementation process in addition to monitoring and guiding both the vendor and the customer’s team to a smooth and successful project execution.

Vendor Oversight and Management

UTSI works with system vendors on behalf of the customer to ensure that all functionality required by the customer is implemented according to the contracted scope. During this period, UTSI’s project team is in constant communication with both the Vendor and Customer, facilitates periodic meetings, conducts technical review and problem/issue resolution, among many other project management related tasks.

Testing and Migration

Once the necessary framework has been implemented, UTSI executes a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) together with the customer, oversees the site installation, and actively participates in a Site Acceptance Testing (SAT). From there, UTSI will work closely with operations personnel to coordinate and manage migration of operations onto the new system, ensuring that operations are minimally impacted and that the transition is executed seamlessly. UTSI can also make recommendations to continuously improve the system once it is in place.

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