Sometime in 1976, key personnel from StarTrak
were asked to provide plan and profile
information on a pipeline crossing the Neches
River. Using the latest technology of the day, a
shrimp boat to carry all the equipment, we never
saw an indication of the pipeline.
Fast forward to 2003, this exact same crossing
took 10 hrs to completely inspect using
StarTrak's latest technology. Plan and profile
drawings were completed next day.
In 2003 StarTrak was asked to Inspect 9
pipelines at 2 locations in Mississippi and
Alabama, location 1 had 2 lines crossing a 700
ft wide river while the other location had 7
pipelines crossing a 600ft wide river.
Including travel time it took StarTrak personnel
8 days from leaving our office till our return
1997, StarTrak was contracted to perform a
hazard type survey for Paragon Engineering
Services on behalf of Arco and Bayer.
to locate all services in a proposed R.O.W.
(Right of Way) for a newly designed pipeline
system. The operation started at the West Side
water's edge of San Jacinto Bay, the survey
incorporated Spillman’s Island, The Houston
Ship Channel and Tabbs Bay.
be located and accurately profiled were
pipelines running adjacent to the proposed
R.O.W. also all of the foreign lines which
crossed the proposed R.O.W.
survey was conducted by StarTrak technical
field personnel using their unique "One-Pass"
Marine survey system which accurately defined
both horizontal and vertical coordinates,
simultaneously captivating geographical survey
provided a challenge as it is made up of spoil
from the Houston Ship Channel. It was not
possible to stand on the spoil or use an all
terrain vehicle. This operation was conducted
from an air boat, when winds and weather
unknown line was located and traced through
13m. (40 ft). of overburden.
entire operation was completed, including
drawings prior to the Christmas break to the
delight of all three clients evolved in this
portion of the operation.
is but one of many StarTrak success stories of
around the world pipeline services and
Commissions River Crossing Survey System.
Petroleum Authority (SPA) of the Peoples
Republic of China has purchased a complete
set of StarTrak's "One-Pass" Automatic River
Crossing Survey System.
system has been recently commissioned in
Chengdu, Sichuan Province with eight
engineers being trained in the art of marine
surveying and CAD drafting.
in Sichuan, P.R.C., surveys on the Yangtze
and Zonghe Rivers were completed.
Yangtze River a major cathodic problem was
located, identified and verified. Both sets
of data have been verified by and accepted
was very pleased with both the results and
2011 StarTrak has sold 4 other systems and
all are working.
also has been commissioned to inspect
another 30 pipeline crossings.
The San Jacinto River Incident 1994
In October 1994, torrential rains in the
Houston area caused the San Jacinto River to
change course just north of Interstate 10.
This left a sub-division of houses stranded
on an island, and several pipelines spanning
the new river channel.
a 40" major products pipeline severed
sending 1000's of barrels of product into
the river. This caused the authorities
to close down flow on any pipeline
crossing the San Jacinto river in that area.
crews were finishing up a project in
Alberta. Due to the necessity of getting the
pipelines crossing the San Jacinto River
operational, StarTrak crews flew home and
were able to certify 6 pipelines safe for
operations before any competitor was able to