March 2019, Heath Technology & Service Update - Featuring MobileGuard™

MobileGuard™ – Fast, Accurate Surveys With Immediate Leak Survey Data

Find leaks quickly and efficiently with the MobileGuard™ gas leak detection system. Features real-time plotting of indications capable of GIS integration and real-time gas discrimination.
Capabilities and Features

The MobileGuard™ gas leak detection system consists of a methane/ethane analyzer, GPS, a sonic anemometer and proprietary leak detection software that presents real-time geospatial maps of multiple gas concentrations. The software’s sophisticated leak detection algorithm combines the system’s measurements of gas concentrations (CH4, C2H6), local coordinates (GPS) and local wind velocity (sonic anemometer) to estimate the leak location.

The MobileGuard™ uses ABB’s patented LGR Off-Axis Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy (OA-ICOS) technique which has a sensitivity and precision more than 3,000 times greater than legacy methods. This enables identification of leaks at great distances away from the source.

Data readings are stored in the device’s cloud and as an added benefit, neither Heath nor ABB have access to the data without the customer’s permission. Customers can have an unlimited number of data analyst who have access to the MobileGuard™ software. This way, survey teams, R&D teams, corporate, and others are not plagued with an overwhelming number of software site licenses.

When a MobileGuard™ unit is purchased, Heath’s installation and training includes one or more days of installation, two or more days of training (general overview, surveyor/driver hands on training, data analyst training, and general maintenance training), and a MobileGuard™ accessory kit. Heath will work with the customer on choosing an appropriate vehicle for installation and creating an individualized survey program.

Heath’s annual licensing and support fee includes 24-hour customer support, creation of a customer specific MobileGuard™ calibration and maintenance schedule, and assistance with creating customer specific data processing options. Heath, alongside ABB, work together to include regular software upgrades, features and improvements in the yearly fees.

Ruggedly designed for continuous field use, MobileGuard™ is ergonomically and financially superior with very minimal maintenance.

January 2019, Technology & Services Update – Featuring Remote Pressure Monitoring

Remote Pressure Monitoring

Heath’s Data Recorder (HDR) provides natural gas operators accurate pressure and temperature readings of your product as it travels through the gas delivery system. These readings are crucial for the safe operation of your system.

Capabilities and Features

The HDR can be used for many applications including hydro testing pipeline and/or pressure vessels or pipeline pressure monitoring and alarm notification.

The HDR is capable of recording up to three (3) pressures and up to two (2) temperature probes plus internal case temperature. HDR Host is the companion software interface for the instrument to provide configuration, calibration, local and remote communication, interrogation, data collection and data processing. The HDR can report low or high pressure alerts via SMS or Email before the gas system pressure becomes dangerous. Three independent logs store data from one (1) second up to one (1) hour intervals.

The HDR’s powder coated aluminum IP64 housing is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. Depending on the housing type and sensor placements the HDR is suitable for wall/panel mount, pipe mount or portable. The instrument utilizes one 1.5-volt, modular battery as its primary power source and incorporates an on-board uninterruptible power supply. The HDR also incorporates an on-board battery for backup of RAM and its real time clock.

Click here to download the HDR brochure.

Press Release: Heath Consultants Incorporated Utilizes Advanced Research Small Unmanned Aerial Sensor Technology for Emergency Gas Leak Response Following Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Heath Consultants Incorporated (Heath) and Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), demonstrated the usefulness of drone-mounted laser-based leak detection technology for emergency response. The Remote Methane Leak Detector Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (RMLD-UAV) was deployed to inspect underground gas lines around Beaumont and Port Aransas, Texas for major leakage of areas which were inaccessible to vehicles and unsafe for walking due to down utility lines, flood water, hazardous debris such as fallen trees, fences and metal roofing. The operation illustrates the benefits of drones in situations when typical land surveys are not possible.

The RMLD-UAV integrates Heath’s industry-leading, laser-based, Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD®) with PSI’s two-foot-wide quadrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle featuring highly advanced autonomy and all-weather operation. This technology combination can implement self-directed flight patterns to continuously monitor, locate, and quantify volumetric leak rates of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from natural gas production sites.

The RMLD-UAV measures methane by sending an infrared laser light beam downwards from the vehicle and detecting some of the laser light which is reflected from the ground. It relies on attenuation of the laser beam by the methane in the laser path at certain wavelengths, as compared to little attenuation at other wavelengths.

Development and evaluation of RMLD-UAV is sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA-e).

ABOUT HEATH CONSULTANTS INCORPORATED
Since 1933 Heath Consultants Incorporated has been the leader in natural gas detection technologies and services. Heath partners with well-recognized research and development organizations as well as industry trade associations to provide state-of-the-art products and services to various utility markets including products specifically designed to detect greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and services for environmental safety. For more information, please visit: https://heathus.com.

ABOUT PHYSICAL SCIENCES INC.
Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) provides contract research and development services in a wide diversity of technical areas to both government and commercial customers. PSI’s interests span basic research to technology development, with an emphasis on applied research. PSI develops advanced technologies for aerospace, chemical, defense, energy, environmental, manufacturing and medical applications. Core technologies have been developed with more than $900 million of federal and industrial funding over four and a half decades of operations, a period in which PSI has acquired an international reputation for technical excellence and innovation. For more information, please visit: http://www.psicorp.com.