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Drones and UAVs: Solving Problems, Finding Resources

A Joint Event with SPE's Unmanned Systems Technical Section (USYS)

Occurred Tuesday, 23 May Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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Welcome to a unique workshop that equips you with knowledge to leverage new technologies and capacities of drones / UAS to launch or expand operations. This is an end-to-end solution, starting with the business, as well as new sensors, analytics, and technologies to extend reach and battery life. Attendees will receive continuing education credits, and also have a chance to take a drone safety quiz.

The goal of this Geosciences Technology Workshop is to identify and describe how drones and UAVs using new sensors and analytics may help optimize the exploration and production of oil and gas, and to reduce costs and find innovative cost-saving solutions for problems.

The presentations will demonstrate the capability of the new technologies to solve existing problems in less expensive and more efficient ways that current solutions. They will also demonstrate the use of new technologies for discovering new reserves of oil and gas.

The workshop will consist of 45-minute presentations by experts and operators on case studies, technical solutions, and emerging new practices.

Who will benefit from attending?

Oil and gas operators, pipeline companies, tank farm and storage facilities, infrastructure construction companies, integrating various databases (geophysics, fracture networks, regional faults, methane seeps, surface geochemistry for sweet spot identification / pinpointing). Upstream, midstream and downstream operators, environmental monitoring, water conservation.

Drone Recharging and Data Delivery Stations: A New System (RDISt)

Brian Meier, XWorks

  • Solving the problem of battery life
  • Stations for data transfer
  • Used in inspecting leases, operations, more
Leveraging Deep Learning Analytics for Drone Enabled Services in the Energy Sector

Ross Bohnstedt and Dr Yang Liu, DataNova Analytics

  • High-resolution 3D imaging
  • How to work with the data in innovative ways to get the interpretations you need
  • Examples and case studies
Drone Safety 101: A Basic Course with Quiz

Michael Nash, University of Oklahoma

  • Presentation of drone safety fundamentals
  • Examples and practice questions
  • Quiz (for participants)
Starting a Drone Services Business from a Geologist's Perspective — Bob Heim, Drone View Services
  • Pragmatic Realities of Photogrammetry: Software, Flight Design
  • Selecting and using software
  • Planning the flight path
  • Data management and analytics
Effective UAS Applications for Coastal Zones

Mike Montgomery, Bama Consulting Services

  • UAS-based surveys on 3 coastal zones impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2016
  • Information for beach restoration planning
  • Types of information: 3D geomorphological models, volumetric calculations of sand displacement
  • Multispectral and infrared
Geiger-mode LiDAR: Efficient collection for digital terrain mapping and feature classification

George Kirov, Harris Corporation

  • Multi-angle illumination that penetrates foliage, removes shadows, eliminates voids
  • Workflow for creating end-to-end geospatial products
  • Precision farming and site reclamation (oil and gas, coal, mining, etc.)
  • Case studies / examples
Choosing the most appropriate sensor and unmanned vehicle

Alex Wehmann, Aeroscan Solutions

  • Scope of project, defining goals
  • Bringing together the ideal sensor, unmanned vehicle and tying to mission
  • Planning drone / UAV missions, with flight controllers
  • Integrating sensors and the vehicle / support hardware
  • Doing a survey
  • Examples from research and commercial applications
Enabling UAS Operations beyond visual line of sight: system-level solutions for remote sensing

Mark Romano, Harris Corporation

  • Integrating regional and large scale aircraft surveillance solutions
  • Airspace situational awareness tool
  • NextGen surveillance data, obstacle data, flexible background maps, weather information
  • Case study, examples
Drones for Tank Farm and Infrastructure Inspections: Case Study

David Lacy

  • Real life inspections: planning, challenges, equipment, analytics
  • New uses of FLIR and thermal sensors for surveillance, leak detection
  • High-definition 3D models for infrastructure and facilities planning
  • Case 1: Tank farm
  • Case 2: Infrastructure
Emerging Technologies for Identifying and Monitoring Fugitive Methane and Carbon Sources

Maria Pirone, Harris Corporation

  • GreenLite technologies
  • Defining scope of mission
  • Sensors, flight design, workflows, analysis
  • Case study (step by step)
  • Future: Identifying surface geochemical and methane corresponding to reservoirs?
Unmanned Aerial Systems: Next Generation Sensors and Applications

Jonathan Kohn, UM Inspections

  • Data analytics / interpretation for data visualization, mapping
  • Georeferenced data sets examples (how / when)
  • ortho-imagery and topographic contours
  • digital surface and terrain models and 3d models
  • Volumetric estimates
  • Risk Reporting
  • LDAR (Leak Detection and Reporting)
Petroleum Geology and Airborne Images: What We Can Do

Dave Koger

  • Sources of data /sensors and software
  • Workflows with data and tools
  • Successful applications (examples)
Emerging New Directions in Unmanned Vehicles

Daniel DeClute-Melancon, Weatherford

  • Aerial vehicles: small, medium, large-scale
  • Underwater unmanned vehicles
Utilizing Drone Imagery to Build Virtual Outcrops: Upper Cambrian Microbial Reefs, Mason, Texas

Pankaj Khanna, Rice University

  • Drone-acquired images
  • Review of the hardware and software used
  • Workflow (in detail), with team roles detailed
  • Results and their uses (3D models of microbial buildups)
Drones and UAVs:  Solving Problems, Finding Resources
Norris Conference Center
816 Town & Country Lane, Suite 210
HoustonTexas 77024
United States
(713) 590-0950

Accommodations details will be available soon

Susan Nash, Ph.D. Director, Innovation and Emerging Science and Technology
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What Can I Do?

With Support From

Houston Technology Center
SPE Unmanned Systems Technical Section

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