Hatfield leads Oil and gas industry workshop to review Earth observation capabilities and discuss future development priorities
Dec 17, 2014
Representatives of leading oil and gas companies came together for a workshop in London on November 18, 2014, to learn about the findings and outputs of the Earth Observation for Oil and Gas (EO4OG) project. This ten-month project was funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and implemented with the support of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) Geomatics Committee (EO Sub-committee).
The EO4OG project and workshop was implemented by a consortium of four companies that currently provide services, including Earth observation (EO) services, to the oil and gas sector. Hatfield was one of the leaders for the onshore oil and gas sector, with OTM Consulting, CLS, and C-CORE completing the group.
The EO4OG Workshop enabled oil and gas industry and Earth observation experts to review the key findings of the EO4OG Project and to discuss potential next steps in order to support the oil and gas industry to adopt appropriate Earth observation technologies.
The morning session involved the presentation of oil and gas industry challenges and geo-information requirements across the project lifecycle, for both offshore and onshore areas. This information was compiled based on an industry consultation and expert review conducted through the EO4OG project. Subsequently, a session on capabilities of Earth observation to address these challenges and needs was presented. Dr Andy Dean from Hatfield presented the EO capabilities documented in the form of EO “product sheets” and case studies in the oil and gas sector. The onshore and offshore project teams also presented the results of a gap analysis conducted to evaluate EO capabilities in relation to industry requirements.
All project findings are being added to the OGEO Portal, a gateway to information and a community of users dealing with EO products and services for the oil and gas industry.
Following the presentation of EO4OG project outputs, the afternoon session included breakout sessions to discuss the EO products that are a priority for the oil and gas sector. These sessions identified the EO products that could benefit from improved specification or industry guidelines, as well as areas for further research and development where current EO capabilities do not meet fully requirements.
Over the past 20 years, oil and gas companies have used EO technology, through the entire project lifecycle from pre-acquisition to full operations and decommissioning. ESA began working progressively with the oil and gas industry to demonstrate how new developments in EO services might be used by the sector and to enhance industry understanding of the benefits of EO technology on an operational basis. The successful EO4OG workshop represented an important milestone in the development of the relationship between IOGP, ESA, and the EO services industry.
For more information, please contact us:
Dr. Andy Dean
Partner and Senior Geomatics Specialist
HATFIELD CONSULTANTS PARTNERSHIP