UND’s Energy and Environmental Research Center is heading a program to more quickly detect weaknesses and leaks in pipelines.
It’s called the “intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program” – iPipe.
EERC’s Jay Almlie said it brings together researchers and industry to test new technologies. Almlie told the state Industrial Commission about some of the successes. One is “Pipers,” a company based in Calgary, Alberta. It uses a golf-ball sized device, dropped into the pipeline.
"This really is 'Star Trek' technology," Almlie told the Commission.