Fiber optic sensing can help reduce third-party threats

Properly specifying and selecting a distributed fiber optic sensing system during a pipeline's design stage and developing a rapid-response team to react to any third-party threats will increase a pipeline operator's ability to prevent third-party damage, improving pipeline integrity.Distributed fiber optic sensing methods support continuous real-time monitoring of pipeline rights-of-way based on precisely localized measurable effects caused by third-parties and other external interference such as vibration, sound, strain, and temperature.The total number of pipeline leaks in Europe has dropped over the past few decades.1 2 Third-party, external interference, however, remains the main cau...

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