Pipeline Water Crossing Vision Leak Detection Systems - AB-033

Preferred Disciplines: Mathematics, Computer Science (Masters, PhD or Post-Doc)
Project length: 4-6 months (1 unit)
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: Airdrie, AB
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: None
Company: Anonymous

About Company:

National fleet of service technicians working coast to coast to coast.  Servicing hundreds of thousands of assets across thousands of locations for hundreds of customers.

Project Description:

Using permanently mounted cameras, one or many, to perform continuous monitoring of pipeline water crossings.

  • pipelines may be over or under water
  • water may be large river or small creek

Identify hydrocarbons and anything else possible with zero physical human assistance

In Alberta alone there are tens of thousands of water crossings

  • normal vision cameras
  • thermals
  • infrared
  • or other
  • or all
  • willing to try all methods to solve for water crossing monitoring

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • Objective is to create a permanent in situ monitoring system to protect waterways and alert owners/operators of pipeline water crossings to potential issues
  • Vision systems identified as most reliable continuous monitoring, data loggers and many sensors do not work continuously in remote locations and require frequent human activity to maintain/repair/replace
  • identify limits of environmental monitoring using vision systems


  • Rapid Experimental Development
  • Many Iterations and Revisions

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Deep learning techniques / understanding
  • Algorithmic image analysis / processing
  • Object / facial recognition
  • Software development
  • Statistical analysis
  • All work is done on Ubuntu / Linux computers and servers


For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

  1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects.
  2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform or directly to Oba Harding at, oharding(a)mitacs.ca.