Caltech has spent the last 30+ years becoming Western Canada’s go-to company for geomatics services. Our team of  specialists will help you realize your project goals while guiding you through regulatory approvals, legislation, and technical requirements.

Aerial Lidar for Pipeline Geohazards

Caltech’s geospatial experts use aerial mapping techniques that are five times faster than traditional methods.

Want quicker data collection, better accuracy and lower risks? Read more about our aerial mapping services here!

Monitoring pipelines for safety is a long-term responsibility in the oil and gas industry that presents many challenges. Thanks to Canadian weather, the window to monitor pipelines is small, usually running during the summer months. Add that to the challenging terrains, the large number of pipelines in this part of the world and rigorous regulatory deadlines, and you’ve got some significant obstacles to overcome.

That’s where Caltech’s aerial lidar mapping services come in. This technology is also equally effective for the monitoring of river crossings.


The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) requires companies to monitor their pipelines for geohazards that could cause ruptures or leaks. This means taking a careful look at geohazard factors like erosion, depth of cover, and even landslides to ensure pipeline safety is not compromised.
Traditionally, these tasks were accomplished by field crews using traditional survey methods. Unfortunately, these crews are often unable to collect all the required data quickly, and they can have difficulty providing accurate information in areas that are not accessible by foot.

With the advent of lidar, Caltech is able to complete these monitoring tasks more quickly and cost-effectively. Safety is enhanced, clients have better, more accurate data to work with, and more surveys can be completed in less time.
Caltech’s adaptable Mobile Mapping System (MMS) can be mounted on helicopters, drones (Unmanned Aerial Systems), trucks, trains, and boats. This makes it possible to monitor vertical faces or to supplement aerial data.

One day of aerial mapping generates data that is equivalent to five days of traditional surveying methods. And it doesn’t compromise results.


+ Allows work in challenging terrains and environments
+ Increases safety
+ Allows more sites to be surveyed in less time
+ Reduces costs
+ Requires less manpower
+ More environmentally friendly
+ Helps meet regulatory deadlines
+ Reduces project risks
+ Allows access to remote locations
+ Easily adapts for use on helicopters, and drones.

Our aerial mapping services collect data in the challenging terrains, providing accurate, cost-effective, safe and speedy results every time.