Side-scanning relies on the proven inspection crawler platform to gather visual data from within a pipe. However, it implements digital image processing technology to deliver richer visual information in a format that is easier to analyze. Side-scanning also relies on software to manipulate video frames into a flat digital scan. This scan resembles a long mural or scroll, and it bears an image where length corresponds to the length of the pipe, and where height represents the full circumference of the pipe, from 0 to 360 degrees. These scans capture a level of detail far greater than conventional video, and present it in a format that is easier to review and analyze. Rather than sit through hours of inspection video, an analyst can view an entire length of pipe at one time, quickly pinpointing problem areas and making annotations and measurements directly on them.