This paper presents new techniques designed to improve the performances of a BOTDR. The first one introduces a second pump to the sensor, thus doubling the Brillouin signal on the receiver. The second one uses image processing with a two-dimensional Gaussian filter whose parameters are defined. The last technique explores the possibilities offered by colour codes. The benefits of each, in terms of signal-to-noise ratio, is presented by comparing measurements over a distance range of 50km with a spatial resolution of 5m. These techniques can easily be combined and the global improvement is estimated at 10dB, compared to conventional sensors.