SolSpec to Present at 2019 Pipeline Technology Forum

SolSpec to Present at 2019 Pipeline Technology Forum

DENVER, Colorado – Sept. 26, 2019 – SolSpec, a provider of aerial analytics for integrity management of large scale land use projects, is pleased to announce an upcoming presentation at the 2019 Pipeline Technology Forum, to be held October 2-3 in Houston, TX.

SolSpec Chief Operating Officer, Bryan Crowe, will be presenting on Redefining Pipeline Safety with UAS-based Inspection Programs, 2:00 pm on Wednesday, Oct 2. (Conference Track Two: Remote Sensing and Emerging Technologies). Bryan will cover how the use of drones and advanced data analytics are helping midstream pipeline construction companies and operators monitor and identify possible vulnerabilities before they become safety hazards.

The Rising Need
Between 1999 to 2018, PHMSA reported a total of 11,991 incidents of compromised pipeline integrity, resulting in 318 deaths and 1,304 injuries, with over $8 billion USD in total cost (source) Most traditional Integrity Management programs look only at pipeline itself, leading to the development of technologies such as In-Line Inspection (ILI) tools to examine pipeline structure, strain, and stability. Yet a pipeline’s stability is also largely dependent on the stability of its environmental surroundings, as a pipeline can be perfectly built, but buried within a hillslope prone to mass soil movement resulting in an increased risk of a failure. Further, with record rain and extreme weather events resulting in widespread flooding, landslides, major soil changes, scouring, and erosion across the U.S., the risk is rising. PHMSA recently released an advisory bulletin about the potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by earth movement and other geological hazards (see link).

Learn more through two case studies:

Operators need a more comprehensive, data-driven method to evaluate risk that goes beyond the physical pipe and includes its environmental context. Identifying environmental conditions on and off the ROW that may threaten the integrity of pipeline infrastructure is crucial for timely mitigation and adequate preparation for future challenges.

“Just as ILI technology is changing the way operators conduct internal pipe inspections, aerial analytics will transform external pipeline risk assessments and environmental inspections as part of comprehensive Right of Way Integrity Management,” said Bryan Crowe, COO of SolSpec.

Join SolSpec’s Bryan Crowe at the 2019 Pipeline Technology Forum for an informative talk on how aerial analytics are bringing greater value to pipeline integrity management programs. To view the full agenda and updated times for this event, please visit the event website.

The Pipeline Technology Forum is the major event of the year for geospatial professionals working in the oil and gas infrastructure sector. Produced in conjunction with Pipeline & Gas Journal, a Gulf Energy Information publication and the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA), the two-day forum features general sessions, technical presentations on the use of geospatial technologies, pipeline software and other applied technologies for the industry, panel discussions and exhibits.

About SolSpec
SolSpec was founded in 2016 to improve environmental and public safety and to increase efficiencies for the energy industry using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology. SolSpec’s Aerial Analytics platform represents best-in-class data processing and data management for all UAV and aerial imagery. Our analytics were born from 120 cumulative years in Natural Resource Sciences and are formulated to specifically predict and prevent unexpected occurrences in large scale land use projects. With SolSpec, you can make decisions from your desk instead of the field and ultimately reduce risk, time and expenditure. Visit us online at https://solspec.io/.

ROW Integrity Management Press Release

ROW Integrity Management Press Release

SolSpec has exciting news to share! We have officially launched our ROW management program.

This program attempts to address problems that are often faced in the field on right-of-ways (ROW). SolSpec saw an opportunity to use drones, computers and big data to provide clear, simple answers to the decision-makers who build and manage pipelines. Our clients are in need of a tool that is intuitive and powerful enough to solve complex problems. Geospatial technology– photogrammetry, LiDAR and analytics — provide them with information so that they can act on in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks. Our clients dramatically lower their risk exposure, can predict where problems might occur before they happen, while getting more accurate, reliable information from the field, straight to their desktop in near real time.

How?

Read more about it on our press release:

SolSpec Launches Aerial Analytics Solution for Pipeline Integrity Management

SolSpec Launches Aerial Analytics Solution for Pipeline Integrity Management

SolSpec ROW Integrity Management Solution helps oil and gas pipeline owners and operators predict, quantify and prioritize risk mitigation

Denver, Colorado — June 12, 2019 — SolSpec Inc., a provider of remote sensing and data analytics, today announced SolSpec™ ROW Integrity Management, an advanced aerial imagery and data analytics solution designed specifically for assessing, mitigating, and preventing geohazard risks on pipeline right-of-ways. Using SolSpec’s drone flight plans, data collection and advanced analytics, owners and operators can detect and predict hazards before they become problems, and gain actionable insights to prioritize mitigation efforts, improve safety and compliance, and achieve greater ROI at every stage of the pipeline asset lifecycle.

Landslides, erosion related hazards and subsidence in variable, steep, and rugged terrain can pose a threat to the integrity of pipeline facilities if those threats are not identified and mitigated. Landslides in the Appalachian Region region have caused major pipeline failures in recent history and resulted in numerous pipeline outages since 2018. In addition to the safety and environmental impacts, these failures have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of lost revenue and repair costs.

“SolSpec ROW Integrity Management solution gives decision makers the tools they need to allocate resources to the areas that would have the largest impact in reduction of geohazard-related safety, environmental, and business risk,” said Bryan Crowe, chief operating officer at SolSpec and former general manager at one of the largest pipeline operator companies in the nation.

SolSpec ROW Integrity Management is a geohazard risk analysis solution for analyzing known and potential threats to right-of-ways. A full service offering, SolSpec’s team of data scientists and FAA-licensed UAV pilots start by first collecting photogrammetry and LiDAR data within the right-of-way and create a baseline risk assessment with plug-and-play flight plans for ongoing monitoring of high-risk areas. Data is then processed via SolSpec’s secure cloud-based geoprocessing platform and proprietary analytical models based on analysis of over 1.7 million acres of landslides and ROW projects to create high-resolution 3D models for visualizing and measuring slip conditions, hydrology and BMP condition assessments and slip potential.

Prioritize Risk Mitigation to Improve Safety
Unlike general purpose analytics, SolSpec ROW Integrity Management solution delivers decision support analysis tailored to pipeline integrity management. Analysis is ranked against a risk index of population density, product type, high consequence and environmentally sensitive areas within the pipeline right of way to create a prioritization of existing and potential hazards. Armed with this insight, operators can pinpoint specific areas of interest and prioritize and allocate resources to speed time to repair, save costs and ultimately improve safety and reduce risk.

“SolSpec allows our pipeline integrity team to evaluate possible hazards so we can send out work crews to the most problematic areas first,” said Steve Lutes, director of Human Resources, EHS Safety, Training & Development at Huwa Enterprises. “Because of our work with SolSpec we are able to stay efficient in addressing our most pressing concern – safety.”

Streamline Compliance Requirements
In addition to interactive web maps and 3D models, users gain access to comprehensive, decision-ready reports with risks ordered by priority as well as supplemental coordinates in Excel, and risks indexed by location. These reports can be used to demonstrate compliance of corrective action continuous surveillance of pipelines under Federal pipeline safety regulations from PHMSA and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

“Drones and aerial analytics are defining a new era of inspection for the energy industry and are opening up new opportunities to deliver unprecedented efficiencies and value into pipeline construction and operations,” said Toby Kraft, co-founder and CEO of SolSpec. “SolSpec ROW Integrity Management delivers best-in-class analytics and proven models that empower our customers to prioritize risk management efforts, and efficiently allocate resources to ensure safe, reliable and profitable operations.”

SolSpec’s Toby Kraft and Robert Blank will share best practices and a technology demonstration at the Energy Drone & Robotics Summit and Expo, June 12-13. For information, visit https://stonefortgroup.com/energy-drone-coalition-2019/.

For more information about SolSpec ROW Integrity Management solution, visit https://solspec.io/row-integrity-management/.

About SolSpec
SolSpec was founded in 2016 to improve environmental and public safety and to increase efficiencies for the energy industry using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology. SolSpec’s Aerial Analytics platform represents best-in-class data processing and management for all UAV imagery. Our analytics were born from 120 cumulative years in Natural Resource Sciences and are formulated to specifically predict and prevent unexpected occurrences in large scale land use projects. With SolSpec, you can make decisions from your desk instead of the field and ultimately reduce risk, time and expenditure. Visit us online at https://solspec.io/

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SolSpec Hires New COO, Bryan Crowe

SolSpec Hires New COO, Bryan Crowe

Former MarkWest Energy Partners Executive Steps Into Leadership Position

Denver, Colorado — May2, 2019 — SolSpec, a provider of remote sensing and data analytics for pipeline construction and operations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan Crowe to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Mr. Crowe will oversee SolSpec’s daily operations, finances, and customer success.

In addition, SolSpec has doubled its headcount over the last year, adding additional GIS developers and data analysts to further accelerate the development of its aerial analytics platform and improve customer support services for oil and gas construction and pipeline operations companies. To accommodate its growing team, SolSpec also recently moved its offices to Novel Coworking in Denver.

Toby Kraft, SolSpec’s co-founder and CEO, said the executive leadership and expansion is part of the company’s growth strategy to meet the growing demand by companies in the oil and gas sector to increase operational efficiency and mitigate risk through predictive analytics and digital transformation. “Due in part to a strong spirit of innovation, collaboration and determination, we saw in Bryan a strong and dedicated business leader who is going to be a tremendous asset as we take SolSpec to the next level.”

Mr. Crowe was the General Manager of MarkWest’s Northeast pipeline operations and led his team through a high growth period while establishing a reputation as a thoughtful and innovative business leader. A long-time employee of MarkWest, Mr. Crowe served in various capacities with increasing responsibilities in both the operations and government affairs segments of the company.

Kraft said that Crowe’s experience at MarkWest trained him for this role. “Throughout his tenure, Crowe gained valuable experience and a diverse understanding of how the energy industry operates and is regulated and will bring that perspective to SolSpec. His unique views and background provide him with the knowledge necessary to take the lead as chief operating officer and my partner in success.”

“Advances in data analytics, ultra-high spatial resolution aerial imagery, AI and machine learning are opening up new opportunities, accelerating time to value and lowering risk for major land-use industries including agriculture, oil and gas, renewables, and mining, ” said Mr. Crowe. “SolSpec has a highly talented team of professionals who have a passion for technology and bringing forth innovative solutions to better mitigate risk, improve environmental stewardship, and improve operational and construction efficiencies. Toby and I have had a great working relationship in the past and we look forward to working together to offer advanced solutions for our partner customers.”

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SolSpec to Speak at National Summit for Reclamation and Construction

SolSpec to Speak at National Summit for Reclamation and Construction

SolSpec CEO to Talk about the Role of Big Data and Responsible Land Stewardship

Keenesburg, Colorado – April 24, 2019 — SolSpec, announced that its co-founder and CEO Tobias Kraft will keynote at the third annual National Summit for Reclamation and Construction, an event hosted by Huwa Enterprise that focuses on advancing technology, best practices, and innovation for reclaiming and restoring land across the US. The Summit will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019 on 20 acres in Keenesburg, CO, near Denver, and will deliver actionable advice and new methods and approaches for responsible land use, long-term reclamation success, and environmental compliance and stewardship.

“Advancements in data analytics, ultra-high spatial resolution aerial imagery, and machine learning are opening up new opportunities for land reclamation, enabling industries to improve safety, minimize environmental impact, and better meet regulatory requirements,” said Tobias Kraft, CEO of SolSpec, a spatial analytics company, and one of the keynote speakers at the Summit. At the Summit, Kraft will speak about advocacy and uniting industries by employing the best practices for safe, sustainable, and long-term restoration.

The Summit is expected to bring together over 200 public- and private-sector professionals from major land-use industries, including agriculture, oil and gas, renewables, mining, transportation, and construction to share the latest research, techniques, best practices, and new technology. The program features a full-day lineup of over a dozen talks, panel sessions, and roundtable discussions on topics ranging from navigating environmental compliance with the federal and state regulatory agencies; erosion and sediment control BMPs; safety protocols; and other topics that shape the future of environmental stewardship, reclamation practices, and the regulatory landscape for land-use projects. The program also features 18 interactive demo stations for construction and best practices, hands-on UAV/drone and heavy equipment operation, and educational booths operated by organizations specializing in land restoration, construction, technology, and scientific research.

Speakers include agency representatives, operators, construction contractors, reclamation contractors, technology experts, environmental scientists and representatives from equipment companies. For a complete agenda and list of speakers, please visit: https://www.usareclamation.com/construction-reclamation-conference-summit/guest-speakers/

“We’re witnessing a major shift in reclamation in which greater need is being met by greater collaboration and rapid technological innovation,” said Brent Huwa, CEO of Huwa Enterprises. “The Summit is a unique conference where professionals from private and public sectors come together to learn and facilitate collaboration across industries to promote sustainable practices for developing and operating on our lands.”

The National Summit for Reclamation and Construction is hosted by Huwa Enterprises and sponsored by John Deere, 4Rivers Equipment, and Sound Industries, among others. A portion of the proceeds from the event and sponsorships will be donated to RETREET, an organization that provides disaster relief by engaging communities to replant trees, and to Ropin’ Rascals, a one-day event on May 8, 2019, co-located with the Summit and hosted by the Huwa family where special needs kids get to be a cowboy for the day.

For more information and to register for The Summit, please visit: www.usareclamation.com

Media interested in attending can contact info@usareclamation.com.