Protecting Every Last Inch

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Problem

A national energy company required camera and security monitoring for a large-scale pipeline installation project covering ninety-eight miles over three states. This mission involved protecting the integrity of the line, heavy equipment, drilling machinery, and valve sites locations during a seventeen day break in operations. Also, to ensure EPA-compliance, the client needed ongoing surveillance of the pipeline to detect any developing environmental matters. Finally, due to the nature of the client’s business, they were at significant risk for vandalism and disruption from protesters.

Solution

The RiP Group applies a simple yet critical three-step process when formulating a solution for a client:

  •  Information gathering
  • Mission planning
  • Procedural review and confirmation

Information Gathering

The RiP Group met with energy company representatives and thoroughly reviewed the site, the assets under protection, the scope of potential environmental hazards, and listened carefully to their concerns and needs moving forward.
From our meetings, we developed a security plan inclusive of:

  •  Providing site access control and parameter security,
  •  Utilizing multiple camera systems, and
  • Preparing for anticipated changes to ensure 100% dispatch reliability.

Mission Planning

With solutions specified, we next outlined the security and operational personnel and equipment needed. This included remote, vehicular, and solar camera systems as well as drones and properly trained FAA certified drone pilots.
We then generated, recorded, and trained the security team on the specific actions
and procedures they would employ on site.

Procedural Review & Confirmation

We reviewed the action plan with the client, highlighting the rationale for every measure and activity. It is imperative that clients firmly understand what will take place on their respective sites and that agreement is reached prior to going live with security operations.
For this engagement, specifics included:

  •  Security project management and daily reporting,
  • Drone operations with terrain mapping to identify any security or environmental breaches;
  •  Multiple types of camera and surveillance systems including:
    •  Solar camera and vehicular camera system to detect environmental
      issues; and,
    •  Remote cameras to alert the security team of potential site
      trespassers.

With the plan locked-in and agreed upon, we moved to implementation.
At the beginning of the project, the client made a number of changes on short notice, but our team was able to anticipate these issues and perform its mission without delay. In fact, throughout the engagement, we maintained a fluid operational tempo as needs changed or challenges occurred.

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Results

Though the client had potential asset exposure in excess of $20 million for an extended period of time, there wasn’t a single instance of theft, damage, or vandalism during our engagement. Additionally, there was no operational or environmental comprises under our watch. They returned to the project knowing that their equipment and pipeline was safe. Productivity increased and progress on the project advanced on schedule as originally planned. Their management team was thankful and impressed,noting our “commitment and service on [a] challenging mission.”
The RiP Group continues to preserve security on the site. As a direct result of our performance, we are currently one of the security outfits under consideration for oneof this client’s most critical locations. This satisfied client also serves as an active source of referrals for the RiP Group.