Jun 01, 2016

Satellites benefiting citizens - The case of pipeline infrastructure in the Netherlands

EARSC and The Green Land, investigated the benefits brought by the use of satellite imagery in monitoring pipelines in the Netherlands.

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Satellites benefiting citizens - The case of pipeline infrastructure in the Netherlands

The Study shows that the Dutch economy benefits from the use of satellite imagery coming from Copernicus. We, EARSC and The Green Land, investigated these cascaded effects and the benefits brought by the use of satellite imagery for each tier down to such value chain.
Between €15.2m and €18.3m of economic benefit could be made each year in the whole country.

Subsidence can cause gas and water pipelines to break right where they enter houses. In the Netherlands, satellite data are used to monitor gas pipelines at affordable costs.

Satellite images show hot spots where ground movement is taking place. It thus allows a targeted replacement programme: the maintenance strategy has now become focused on areas of higher risk. Instead of replacing pipes and connections in a single district pipes serving individual houses or streets can be replaced.

The result is better investment of resources by the pipeline operators and less risk to consumers from gas leaks or disruption from major water leaks.

To understand better you will need to reed our report:

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This report is the last of a series of three cases in the frame of the study “Assessing the detailed economic benefits derived from Copernicus Earth Observation (EO) data within selected value chains”, undertaken by EARSC under an assignment from the European Space Agency (ESA).