Original Paper

UDC 64.7:681.5 A.O. Rada, A.D.Kuznetsov, R.E. Zverev, A.O. Akulov, 2022

ISSN 0041-5790 (Print) ISSN 2412-8333 (Online) Ugol Russian Coal Journal, 2022, S12, pp. 149-154





Rada A.O.1, Kuznetsov A.D.1, Zverev R.E.1, Akulov A.O.1

1 Kemerovo State University, Kemerovo, 650000, Russian Federation

Authors Information

Rada A.O., PhD (Economic), Director of Institute of Digitalization, e-mail:

Kuznetsov A.D., Director of the Center for Computer Engineering of Institute of Digitalization, email:

Zverev R.E., Technician of the first category of the Center for Computer Engineering of Institute of Digitalization,

Akulov A.O., PhD (Economic), Associate Professor of the Department of Management named in honor I.P. Povarich;


Existing methods for monitoring the pipeline economy have significant limitations in terms of complexity and cost, which makes it difficult to use them to control the state of urban heating networks. The paper considers the use of photography and thermal imaging for monitoring over ground heating networks of the city of Kemerovo. In the course of the study, a digital twin of above-ground heating networks was obtained in the visible and infrared spectra. Thermal imaging data allow identifying sections of networks with elevated temperatures corresponding to different degrees of damage to pipes and their insulation. The thermal imaging image corresponds to one pixel of the section of the heating main under consideration. As a result of the work, the owner of the heating networks was provided with complete information on temperature anomalies of pipes, indicating the exact geographical coordinates. This made it possible to plan repairs much faster and more efficiently, since there is no need for a complete inspection of pipes; only problem areas that have already been identified can be analyzed.


Object scanning, thermal networks, heat leakage, thermal imaging, unmanned aerial vehicle, geographic information systems, digital control, software development.


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The work was performed under agreement No. 075-15-2022-1195 dated September 30, 2022, concluded between the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education Kemerovo State University.

For citation

Rada A.O., Kuznetsov A.D., Zverev R.E. & Akulov A.O. Prospects for monitoring the state of thermal networks by thermal vision survey. Ugol, 2022, (S12), pp. 149-154. (In Russ.). DOI: 10.18796/0041-5790-2022-S12-149-154.

Paper info

Received November 1, 2022

Reviewed November 15, 2022

Accepted November 30, 2022