Express diagnostics was made using initial thermal images and showed potential leaks in district underground heating pipelines. Several of them have been confirmed after field inspection.
The following work includes data preprocessing and deeper district heating system analysis processes.
We have made available to wider public data from thermal mapping projects in Liepaja, Latvia. Demo GIS system contains two sets of thermal maps with different colortables – one from year 2008 and one from year 2012, a underground pipeline layer network passive – read only layer and base maps from Bing and Open Street Map.
Last week we finished aerial thermal diagnostics of Riga district heating system covering 300km2 of Riga city at 25cm GSD in thermal infrared spectrum. More than 800 km of underground pipelines were classified according to their heat emissions.
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Kauno Energija, AB – a publicly traded district heating utility has contracted Horus Laboratory to perform district heating network diagnostics using aeiral thermography. Service includes supporting services such as interpretation, network analysis, staff training as well as geometry audit of underground pipeline network. Late spring led to suboptimal meterological conditions -snow cover ended just few days before heating season ended. To improve quality of interpretation of maps repeated flights will be performed in Autumn 2013.
As the thermal mapping project in Riga is in full swing, we were invited to tell about our work on a latvian national television series called “Lidojuma plāns” (Flight plan).
At the end of 2012 Horus Laboratory has implemented a customized GIS Jekabpils siltums, SIA – a district heating operator in Latvia. GIS is made based on the open source technology that allows the customer to dedicate its resources to adapt the system rather than license fees. As desktop platform/application we used Quantum GIS- user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. SunGIS developed a cloud based solution with browser-based and Quantum GIS interfaces. Most tasks by system users will be accomplished through browser-based interface and only more specialized tasks are left to Quantum GIS.
The system allows to collect spatial information in one place for the customer’s infrastructure (e.g. pipelines, locks, pumps) to browse, select, search, print, etc. Similarly, the system allows you to store information about events in different sections of the network (accidents, repairs, etc.). Thermal map and analysis layers of are some of the information layers in the system. Open Street Map community built map provides street map base layer.
Horus Laboratory actively is working with the open source software solutions and data sources. It allows to provide customized and cost effective solutions to our clients’ issues.
Liepajas Energija, SIA has included regular aerial infrared survey of underground heat pipelines into their reactive and predictive network maintenance programme.