We wanted to learn more about the opportunities and maturity level with technologies like big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence and the internet of things. For condition monitoring, these analytical tools can assist operators improve maintenance regimens and optimize inspection intervals by combining asset specific, industry, historical and real-time data into the data driven predictive and decision processes. "Big data" in the pipeline assessment business context includes the vast quantities of data coming from inspection devices full of sensors, such as pigs, and increasingly from embedded or remote sensors the most common which are catholic protection and corrosion coupons in addition we have a many types of asset property data, historical assessments, operational state, soils and environmental information which will exist in many formats, often unstructured such as in documents or photographs or other images. In the hackathon we taught our algorithms on previously pigged areas of pipelines where we had the inspection history to determine levels of corrosion as well as many forms of non-inspection information including those relating to pipe properties, corrosion protection history, coating type, local climate data, soil properties and previous field examination results.
In other words, their artificial intelligence program pays for itself in less than 18 months. Expedia's artificial intelligence program helps users to find the cheapest rates for hotels and flights worldwide. AutoTrader uses a machine learning artificial intelligence program to improve their car valuations. Chief Digital Officer Marc Florette says that timely detection of a crack in a high-pressure gas pipeline can save the company millions of dollars.
SEE ALSO: Drones are smuggling so much contraband into prisons that the UK created a'squad' Turgeon had used a drone, which he says he later returned, to record video of Native American-led protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would run through Native American land. For this, Turgeon was arrested and charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment as well as a misdemeanor count of physical obstruction of a government function, according to Motherboard. At about 33 minutes into the video below, you can see what is alleged to be Turgeon's drone flying nowhere close to a North Dakota Highway Patrol plane that is also in frame. The misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge came from allegedly flying a drone above protesters, "creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death."