ONE Gas‘s patented system prioritizes utility infrastructure assets for inspection in the event of a natural hazard. Using seismic data, the system generates a map displaying potential impact areas, allowing users to define areas of interest and receive notifications based on predetermined rules. GlobalData’s report on ONE Gas gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on ONE Gas, was a key innovation area identified from patents. ONE Gas's grant share as of February 2024 was 67%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Prioritizing leak surveys of natural gas distribution pipelines after seismic events

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: ONE Gas Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11928750B2) discloses a system designed to prioritize leak surveys of underground natural gas distribution pipelines and associated facilities in the aftermath of a seismic event. The system, operated by at least one computing device with specialized software, utilizes ground velocity data from seismic events to create a quake velocity map layer. This map layer is then overlaid with a pipeline map layer, allowing users to define spatial areas of interest for inspection. Notifications are sent to mobile devices based on the ground velocity data in proximity to pipeline runs and facilities, ensuring efficient prioritization of inspections based on potential impact levels.

Furthermore, the system includes features to retrieve and display non-utility structures within the service territory, providing a comprehensive view of the area for inspection prioritization. The software also generates a prioritized list of pipeline runs and facilities to be inspected based on predetermined rules considering the likelihood of damage and the severity of consequences to public health and safety. This list is continuously updated as inspections are carried out, ensuring a dynamic and efficient approach to post-seismic event pipeline surveys. The system's ability to integrate various data layers and provide real-time notifications enhances the overall safety and effectiveness of leak surveys in underground natural gas distribution pipelines.

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