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Results of field tests of laser pointer and scanner

The laser pointers developed in the project were tested in the field by the gas companies involved. The tests consisted in detecting methane leaks from the gas distribution network either during the scheduled leak survey or as a response to an emergency call. Parallel measurements of the methane concentration in the air were made by means of a traditional instrument, in order to obtain comparable data.

The aim was to evaluate the performance of the laser pointers. Before beginning the testing activity, a specification was written, defining how the tests would be conducted and how the data would be collected. This specification may be used when testing any laser pointer also in the future outside the present project.

During the field tests a great amount of data was produced and analysed. The use of the instruments was demonstrated under real-world conditions in four European countries. This led to the evaluation of the laser pointers developed in the project.

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