clearGRID Selected by ATCO Gas Division to Provide Aerial Right of Way Inspection Services
10/01/2021

clearGRID, utility aerial data collection & data analytics company awarded an outsourced Right of Way inspection contract with ATCO Gas & Pipelines

Online PR News – 01-October-2021 – CALGARY, Alberta – clearGRID, a utility aerial data collection and data analytics company announced today the award of an outsourced Right of Way inspection contract with ATCO Gas & Pipelines Ltd. According to clearGRID CEO Ellen Christopherson, her company also has an existing outsourced contract with ATCOfor an Alberta-wide aerial meter data collection service.
“We are pleased to be selected by ATCO for these Right of Way inspection services,” said Christopherson, “This new Right of Way inspection service is another way for us to leverage our aerial data collection platform to provide value to our client base.”

Climate change, weather events, and other threats are posing increasing risks to theinfrastructure of utilities. Moreover, safety measures must be put in place to address threats such as corrosion, encroachments, leaks, and ground movement. Proactive utilities like ATCO are taking steps to inspect theirinfrastructure and associated right of ways to assure measures can be taken to protect assets from various natural and man-made threats. ATCO has decided that an aerial inspection programthat incorporates enhanced imagery and data analytics isone of the best ways toensure the integrity of these infrastructure assets.

“Ongoing investments in monitoring our pipeline network is part of a comprehensive integrity management plan. ATCO continually looks to partner with innovative companies like clearGRID to implement new technologies,” said Ryan Germaine, VP ATCO Natural Gas Operations, Edmonton and Calgary Regions. “Employing these technologies allows ATCO to ensure we are maintaining the integrity of our network, both from a public safety and environmental protection perspective.”

"This particular clearGRID contract provides the efficiency of a combined aerial platform to contribute IP and data for ATCOin an effort to combine services, thereby reducing emissions," said Christopherson. "We are pleased to help them save time and costs in creating a digital twin of its pipeline infrastructure from an asset management perspective, resulting ina progressive, effective way to implement business strategieswhileintegrating opportunities for artificial intelligence."

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Scott Thompson, ATCO Natural Gas Integrity Engineer said, “We are excited to work with clearGRID and believe that that their aerial survey capabilities will provide valuable data to ATCO’s Right of Way monitoring program. These monitoring services are an important component of our efforts to protect our infrastructure as well as the environment. We chose clearGRID for this service not only because of the opportunity for synergies with their meter data collection program, but also because of the quality of their proposal and dedicated personnel.”

About clearGRID clearGRID is a leading North American technology company serving the utility and energy industries. The company specializes in aerial data collection and analysis for the gas, water, electricand pipeline industries and optimizes radio frequency (RF) infrastructure with next generation airborne surveillance to help businesses operate more effectively. clearGRID uses technology solutions to replace manual activities and tasks with automation. This reduces costs while increasing reliability and safety for clients and their employees. More information can be found at http://www.cleargrid.io.

About ATCO With approximately 6,200 employees and assets of $22 billion, ATCO is a diversified global corporation with investments in the essential services of Structures & Logistics (workforce and residential housing, innovative modular facilities, construction, site support services, workforce lodging services, facility operations and maintenance, defense operations services, and disaster and emergency management services); Utilities (electricity and natural gas transmission and distribution, and international electricity operations); Energy Infrastructure (electricity generation, energy storage and industrial water solutions); Retail Energy (electricity and natural gas retail sales); Transportation (ports and transportation logistics); and Commercial Real Estate. More information can be found at http://www.ATCO.com.

clearGRID Media Contact: Rebecca Kelly Phone: 770.401.4044

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