S@W3: Remote Sensing of Oilfield Logistics with Unmanned Aircraft Systems
June 25, 2014 | 1:50pm - 2:30pm
North Dakota ranks second in oil production behind Texas and accounts for roughly ten percent of the country’s overall daily production. The Bakken Formation in western North Dakota contains one of the largest recoverable oil deposits in the United States. The recent tenfold increase in production in just three years has led to unique challenges in take away capacity. Oil pipelines are saturated. Rail traffic has tripled; rail tanks currently carry more than two-thirds of the oil to their refinery destinations. Trucks supplement well gathering pipes by transporting more than two-thirds of the oil to intermodal facilities. Roads and bridges of the rural Bakken oil fields were not designed to support such rapid increase in traffic load density. To mitigate the increased risks of spills, derailments, and crashes, the two flagship universities of North Dakota has teamed to develop a new low-cost remote sensing capability that would provide enhanced visibility of oilfield logistics.
Attendees will learn:
- Transportation challenges of crude oil production for sustained US economic vitality.
- Unique aspects of well preparation and production that provide opportunities for sensor deployment.
- Novel use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with integrated sensors to help mitigate risks of failures in the transportation network.