The need to develop an accurate, autonomous, and economical pipeline mapping system capable of use within a wide range of pipeline sizes, configurations, operating pressures and specific uses was accomplished, resulting in the manufacture of a series of unique inertial-based smart probes. This paper reviews the innovative technology developed to identify, map and plan for the management and integrity of pipeline assets through use of the smart probe technology. Today’s owners and operators of the world’s pipeline infrastructure are faced with competitive pressures and regulatory constraints which are creating increasingly stringent demands to manage our pipeline assets in an efficient and responsible manner. Billions of dollars will be spent over the next 20 years to rehabilitate the world’s infrastructure and oil and gas pipeline systems. “Out of sight – out of mind” no longer applies. Now, more than ever, pipeline owners and operators need solid information to plan for the challenges of tomorrow.

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