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  • The Potential of Consensus Blockchain Technology to Mitigate Drilling Uncertainty

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/12/2020 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    The Implementation of Big Data and Machine Learning (ML) processes as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are already having a significant impact in the Oil & Gas Industry. Where direct access of streaming data to Big Data Systems is possible, the ML Algorithms are able to improve operational efficiency with a corresponding significant reduction in costs. Today the identification and reduction of both Invisible Lost Time (ILT) and Non-Productive Time (NPT) is even more critical than it has ever been in the past as many projects strive to maximise the rate of return on investments. This Webinar will examine the potential for the use of Blockchain to help the process of mitigating Drilling Uncertainty, and will show several case studies.

    The Implementation of Big Data and Machine Learning (ML) processes as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are already having a significant impact in the Oil & Gas Industry. Where direct access of streaming data to Big Data Systems is possible, the ML Algorithms are able to improve operational efficiency with a corresponding significant reduction in costs. Today the identification and reduction of both Invisible Lost Time (ILT) and Non-Productive Time (NPT) is even more critical than it has ever been in the past as many projects strive to maximise the rate of return on investments.

    However, many remote sites are linked to Big Data Systems through a lower bandwidth satellite system, resulting in loss of data granularity and time lags that make the response times of analytical solutions based upon ML processes too slow to be of any immediate value to the well construction process. As a consequence, it is vital to move the ML Algorithms as close to the source of the data as possible. Edge processing on high speed data as close as possible to Rig Sensors is the new paradigm shift of the Drilling Environment

    The remote site is often a complex environment with multiple equipment assets providing data in a wide variety of formats and frequencies. The Edge device needs to be capable not only of acquiring, aggregating and analysing these data flows, it must also be capable of managing delivery rights for that data, and ensuring compliance with Operator Corporate Cybersecurity policies

    An existing 4IR technology called Blockchain, which was originally developed as the fundamental basis for digital currencies, is now being applied to the Engineering World with considerable impact. The offerings of the blockchain distributed ledgers, such as their security and immutability, makes them ideal for monitoring the right of transfer and access to the high volume sensitive and confidential data that is recorded at the remote sites today. By virtue of the Blockchain Smart Contracts mechanism, it also provides a means whereby the ML models can be distributed to the Edge device and Activated

    This webinar will examine the potential for the use of Blockchain to help the process of mitigating Drilling Uncertainty, and will show several case studies.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Jon Curtis and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Jon Curtis.

    Jon Curtis

    Founder/Chairman, B2B Matrix and Founder, Petrolink Group

    Jon Curtis is the Founder and Chairman of B2B Matrix, a company focused on the Implementation of Block Chain in the Energy Sector. He is also the Founder of the Petrolink Group, which specializes in Data Acquisition and Management Solutions for the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and is the current Liaison Officer for the SPE’s Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section (DUPTS). Mr. Curtis is the author of multiple SPE papers including those concerning the data architecture of real-time drilling and completions information and the integration of real-time drilling sensor data with drilling reporting data. He holds a Master’s Degree from Oxford University where he studied Metallurgy and Materials Science.

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  • 3 Phase Separators on Floating Production Systems; Design and Control Philosophies

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2016

    This webinar focuses on the different aspects and requirements that need to be considered in order to obtain an optimal separator and internals design for floating facilities.

    Floating production facilities are subject to motions due to waves, wind and currents (especially during stormy weather). Inherently the process equipment installed on such facilities, including the separators, is subject to these motions as well.

    Since the separators are partially filled with liquid (oil and water), the liquid responds to the motions which leads to deviations in the liquid levels and/or sloshing. If the separators and internals are not designed to account for this, these effects can lead to bad separation performance, spurious level alarms, shutdowns and even damage to the separator internals. These consequences can lead to downtime and loss of production, which for many cases can be prevented through proper separator internals design and selection.

    This webinar focuses on the different aspects and requirements that need to be considered in order to obtain an optimal separator and internals design for floating facilities. This prevents operational issues and damage to the equipment whilst maximizing uptime and performance. It is important to design for relevant weather conditions and motion cases to prevent over designing the equipment as this will impact the costs.

    This webinar is categorized under the Production and Operations discipline.

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    Sander Baaren

    FMC Technologies Separation Systems

    Sander obtained his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Twente in the Netherlands in 2012 where he specialized in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). After graduating Sander has been working for FMC Technologies Separation Systems (formerly CDS Engineering) in The Netherlands and USA (current), where Sander has worked in CFD, Process Engineering and R&D and has been responsible for the CFD evaluation of separation equipment for more than 50 projects over the last 4 years.

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  • New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/20/2016

    Why do women often feel belittled, betrayed, or sabotaged by other women in the workplace? Why do women so often report feeling unheard and unsupported in workplace environments? Based on her original research, published in her book, NEW RULES FOR WOMEN: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together (Third Bridge Press; September 2014), Dr. Anne Litwin reveals startling paradoxes that spur misunderstandings, conflict, and between women on the job, along with structural issues that can make it difficult for women to feel valued or supported. She will share powerful solutions and tools for ways male and female leaders can create work environments that truly value the contributions of both women and men.

    Why do women often feel belittled, betrayed, or sabotaged by other women in the workplace? Why do women so often report feeling unheard and unsupported in workplace environments? Based on her original research, published in her book, NEW RULES FOR WOMEN: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together (Third Bridge Press; September 2014), Dr. Anne Litwin reveals startling paradoxes that spur misunderstandings, conflict, and between women on the job, along with structural issues that can make it difficult for women to feel valued or supported. She will share powerful solutions and tools for ways male and female leaders can create work environments that truly value the contributions of both women and men.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn what patterns exist in working relationships among women and how women's expectations can create misunderstandings
    • Examine structural issues that create unique challenges for women in organizations
    • Learn what male and female leaders can do to help women succeed

    This webinar is categorized under Business, Management, and Leadership.

    Anne Litwin

    Consultant and Coach

    Anne Litwin (Ph.D.) has been a consultant to organizations and a coach to senior managers for more than 30 years in the USA and internationally. She has worked in China, Africa, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Mexico, Europe, and Canada. She has been the C.E.O. of her family retail business and is past-Chair of the Board of Directors of NTL Institute. She recently authored a book entitled, New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together. Dr. Litwin is also co-editor of the book, Managing in the Age of Change, along with numerous journal articles. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Fielding in 2008. Dr. Litwin believes that each stage of life and/or turn of events open opportunities to ask new questions and discover new sides of ourselves – if we have the courage to grab the moment.

  • Assessing and Improving Data Quality for more Effective Data Analytics

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/14/2016

    When using analytical data in real-time to produce predictive answers and situational awareness, having confidence in the data is paramount. This webinar will discuss a few examples of the impact of low quality of acquired data and how it will errode the confidence needed to make real time decisions. We will further discuss a few examples of how data can be assessed for appropriate use and a few techniques to augment this data when answers are needed. This webinar helps show how a company can use open standards-based solutions like the proposed Energistics Data Assurance process to qualify data for use in the analytical and decision making processes.

    When using analytical data in real-time to produce predictive answers and situational awareness, having confidence in the data is paramount. This webinar will discuss a few examples of the impact of low quality of acquired data and how it will errode the confidence needed to make real time decisions. We will further discuss a few examples of how data can be assessed for appropriate use and a few techniques to augment this data when answers are needed. This webinar helps show how a company can use open standards-based solutions like the proposed Energistics Data Assurance process to qualify data for use in the analytical and decision making processes.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

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    David C. Johnson

    Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Petrolink

    David C. Johnson has worked for more than 20 years as a developer, designer, database administrator, real-time advisor and product manager for companies including Landmark, Halliburton and Kongsberg. Mr. Johnson has been active in industry data standards including the Energistics community since its inception 14 years ago and is currently the co-chair of the Energistic WITSML special interest group. He joined the energy industry as a software designer and developer in Canada, later moving to the United States to manage a team of people providing data management and engineering technologies. Mr. Johnson graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada with specialty in databases and data management.

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  • Latest Developments in Drilling and Cementing R&D

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2016

    A comprehensive overview will be given of latest developments in Dr. van Oort’s Drilling R&D group at the University of Texas at Austin and its collaborating partners. New work will be presented in the fields of cementing/zonal isolation, novel drilling fluid testing and design, drilling-related rock mechanics, drilling automation and drilling data analytics. If you want to learn more about what is new in the fields of real-time cementing sensors, superior alternatives to portland cement and improved zonal isolation & well abandonment, high-performance water-based mud replacements for oil-/synthetic-based muds, novel shale-fluid testing techniques, conventional and new thermal wellbore strengthening, multi-phase flow simulation / automated well control / MPD control, and high-frequency data analytics, then this is a presentation you should consider attending.

    A comprehensive overview will be given of latest developments in Dr. van Oort's Drilling R&D group at the University of Texas at Austin and its collaborating partners. New work will be presented in the fields of cementing/zonal isolation, novel drilling fluid testing and design, drilling-related rock mechanics, drilling automation and drilling data analytics. If you want to learn more about what is new in the fields of real-time cementing sensors, superior alternatives to portland cement and improved zonal isolation & well abandonment, high-performance water-based mud replacements for oil-/synthetic-based muds, novel shale-fluid testing techniques, conventional and new thermal wellbore strengthening, multi-phase flow simulation / automated well control / MPD control, and high-frequency data analytics, then this is a presentation you should consider attending.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

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    Dr. Eric van Oort

    Speaker

    Dr. van Oort holds a PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Amsterdam, and held a variety of senior technical and managerial roles over a 20-year period with Royal Dutch Shell. He joined UT Austin in early 2012 to return to his passion for teaching and R&D as tenured Professor in Petroleum Engineering. Dr. van Oort is a co-Principal Investigator of the Offshore Energy Safety Institute (OESI), is the co-founder of two start-up companies (Genesis RTS and R5 Automation) and is CEO of his own consulting firm (EVO Energy Consulting). At UT, he runs one of the largest drilling R&D groups in academia, with 15 graduate students, 10+ undergraduate researchers, 6 full-time research scientists and additional support staff. He is the director of the RAPID (Rig Automation and Performance Improvement in Drilling) consortium. He is an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and SPE Distinguished Member. His areas of expertise include: complex well construction, drilling automation, real-time monitoring (RTM), drilling optimization, rock-fluid interactions and wellbore geomechanics, drilling fluid design, cementing & zonal isolation, hydraulic fracturing and associated water management.

  • From Data to Decisions - The Analytics Lifecycle

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/17/2016

    Data driven capabilities are migrating from science experiment to main stream capabilities at many E&P companies. This brings with it a need to have sound workflows. In this webinar we will present common methodologies that frame the analytics lifecycle of converting raw sensor measurements and unstructured data into scalable, auditable and repeatable solutions. SAS and Intel in conjunction with the PD2A and DSATS technical sections of the SPE will present a webinar on the step by step workflows required to do this. The Webinar will close with a look into the future of both advanced analytics and on device intelligence.

    Data driven capabilities are migrating from science experiment to main stream capabilities at many E&P companies. This brings with it a need to have sound workflows. In this webinar we will present common methodologies that frame the analytics lifecycle of converting raw sensor measurements and unstructured data into scalable, auditable and repeatable solutions. SAS and Intel in conjunction with the PD2A and DSATS technical sections of the SPE will present a webinar on the step by step workflows required to do this. The Webinar will close with a look into the future of both advanced analytics and on device intelligence.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

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    Moray Laing

    US Industry Principal for Oil & Gas, SAS

    Mr. Laing joined SAS in 2013 as the US Industry Principal for Oil & Gas. He started his career at Baker Hughes where he spent 24 years working in both operations and new product development. In his final role at Baker Hughes Moray was the Director of innovation for the Gulf of Mexico region where his team were responsible for the rapid development and marketing of regionally specific technologies. Moray is passionate about advancing automation solutions in oil and gas, and the role that data driven solutions have to play. Moray holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Engineering from Robert Gordon's University, and an Executive MBA from Texas A&M University.

    Keith R. Holdaway

    SAS

    Mr. Holdaway is author of "Harness Oil and Gas Big Data with Analytics: Optimize Exploration and Production with Data Driven Models" published by Wiley in July 2014. He worked for several geophysical companies in his 15 year career, primarily at Petroleum Development of Oman as a geophysicist. He has worked over the past 15 years for SAS Institute to help harness SAS analytics to geophysical, geologic and reservoir engineering data to ascertain exploratory data analysis and appropriate modeling approaches to enable more robust forecasting and identify new field-reengineering strategies in mature assets. He has a Master's Degree in Geophysics from Durham University UK, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society in London.

    Philip Easterling

    SAS

    Mr. Easterling earned his B.A. degree in Mathematical Sciences and Economics from Rice University and his M.S. degree in Applied Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 21 years of analytical software sales and consulting experience with SAS, including predictive modeling in manufacturing and service industries; optimization for logistics industries; and a broad range of analytic methods in the oil and gas industry. In addition, he has provided related training and mentoring services to both internal and external SAS customers. He also has over seven years of quantitative business experience in the competitive, deregulated US commercial airline industry.

    Martin Guttmann

    Principal Solution Architect, Intel

    Martin has extensive experience ranging from computer hardware systems, large enterprise applications, mission critical solution architecture, data center and cloud operations experience. His expertise and experience in system architecture, design, implementation and integration of business solutions, cloud solutions enables customers to undertake modernization efforts to efficiently optimize their IT and cloud compute infrastructure.

    Martin works with worldwide enterprise customers and software solution companies.

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  • The Dichotomy of Stresscage versus Frac-Pack

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/19/2016

    This Webinair will provide a number of examples of the application of Wellbore Strengthening, where resulting frac operations appear to have been hampered or complicated by the use of the Wellbore Strengthening approach and/or associated mud conditions.

    Frac-Pack completions, in the Gulf of Mexico, are a standard sand control completion method and have proven popular and reliable across many Gulf of Mexico wells and fields. More recently, Wellbore Strengthening has become common practice as a method to overcome challenges drilling through depleted zones. The relative success of these drilling and completion approaches and their rapid and widespread application has resulted in ever more depletion. However, their compatibility remains in question; after all one technique relies on breaking down the rock for fracturing whereas the other relies on plugging/blunting fracture and increasing fracture breakdown pressure.

    So while these two techniques independently represent uniquely optimal solutions to their challenges, there is growing evidence that their combined application within the same wellbore has created a number of issues. The Wellbore Strengthening application is associated with the plugging of small fractures which have been induced in the wellbore wall, thereby increasing the effective fracture gradient, which allows for the drilling of substantial depletion effect. However, the presence of a range of widely distributed particle sizes in the mud system, as well as increased general solids loading, may result in deep and invasive plugging of the permeable formations and any smaller fractures within the same open-hole sections. When these plugged formations are then the target for subsequent hydraulic fracturing operations, not unsurprisingly there is a significant potential to create near wellbore problems that can complicate or bring into question the ability to install a Frac-Pack completion.

    This Webinair will provide a number of examples of the application of Wellbore Strengthening, where resulting frac operations appear to have been hampered or complicated by the use of the Wellbore Strengthening approach and/or associated mud conditions. These examples will provide some evidence of the interactions, but more importantly, demonstrate the contradiction that these two techniques potentially represent. In addition to the case histories, the Webinair will outline various engineering approaches that should be considered, including geo-mechanical analysis of well placement, identification of near wellbore issues prior to and during the fracturing operations, careful management of stress caged solids makeup, mud management and Frac-Pack design in order to avoid or overcome these challenges.

    All of this helps ensure that we do not create the paradox of being able to drill through the conventionally undrillable but then create the unfraccable as a result.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

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    Martin Rylance

    Senior Advisor for Fracturing & Stimulation, BP

    Martin Rylance has worked with BP, their partners and JVs (SOHIO, Maxus, TNK-bp, VICO … etc), for 30 Years, since graduating with a BSc (Hons.) in Pure Mathematics. During his time with BP, his positions in the Company have included; the Head of Fracturing and Stimulation for BP Worldwide, the Interventions Team-Leader with BPX in Colombia, the Chief Engineer with TNK-bp in Moscow and Project Manager with BP in a number of frontier areas.

    Technically, he has been involved in all aspects of pumping operations, well-control, well interventions and pressure service, hydraulic fracturing, snubbing, stimulation, coiled-tubing, PWRI and cuttings re-injection.

    In more recent Years he has specialised in tight and unconventional resource development, hydraulic fracturing in tectonic regimes and HPHT environments. During his career with BP he has been responsible for the implementation of numerous campaigns, pilots and exploration programmes. Having lived in 10 Countries, pumped in more than 30, he has been responsible for Teams delivering 10's of 1,000's of fracturing & stimulation treatments around the world.

    He has numerous papers and publications to his name with the SPE, IPTC and various Numerical and Geological Societies, Articles, Reports and Patents; an active Member of the SPE, (SPE Distinguished Member and Distinguished Lecturer Hydraulic Fracturing 2007/2008 and 2013/2014), he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics in London.

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  • Drilling Real-time Prediction Environment In Saudi Aramco

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/26/2016

    The webinar discusses the data infrastructure that Saudi Aramco has built to support the initiated Upstream initiative “Drilling Ahead of Bit”. This involves addressed challenges, enabled applications and technologies and their business impact.

    The webinar discusses the data infrastructure that Saudi Aramco has built to support the initiated Upstream initiative “Drilling Ahead of Bit". This involves addressed challenges, enabled applications and technologies and their business impact.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

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    Mr. Salem Gharbi

    Petroleum Engineering Systems Analyst, Saudi Aramco

    Salem Al Gharbi, has more than 10 years' experience in developing engineering applications for drilling professionals. He holds M.S. degree in Computer science from KFUPM and M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University. Salem is the technical leader and architect of Saudi Aramco, “Drill Ahead of Bit” smart initiative. In addition he is an active member in SPE Saudi Arabia Section Technical Program committee.

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  • Diversity Fuels Innovation

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/28/2016

    Petroleum engineers are challenged to address complex problems with numerous constraints in volatile markets. Since diverse groups of people produce better outcomes than similarly skilled but non-diverse groups, fully leveraging the value of diversity to fuel innovation is critical.

    Petroleum engineers are challenged to address complex problems with numerous constraints in volatile markets. Since diverse groups of people produce better outcomes than similarly skilled but non-diverse groups, fully leveraging the value of diversity to fuel innovation is critical. How do we foster the authentic contributions of all members of a diverse team? With a focus on gender diversity, this webinar will address: 1) creating an inclusive environment that captures the unique talents of all team members and 2) for women, being effective in a male environment.

    This webinar is categorized under Business, Management, and Leadership.

    Betty Shanahan

    Consultant to the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services, Michigan State University

    Betty Shanahan, a member of the SPE Soft Skills Committee, served as the executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) from 2002 to 2014. In 2016, the American Association of Engineering Societies recognized Betty contributions to the engineering profession and diversity in engineering with their Chair's Award. Betty's advocacy reaches forums as varied the K-12 community, corporate and engineering college leadership, Congressional briefings and international summits. She was a member of National Academy of Engineering committees for “Changing the Conversation” in the public understanding of engineering and for the Lifelong Learning Imperative in Engineering.

    Currently, Betty is a Consultant to the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services at Michigan State University, focusing on the he strategic imperative to “advance our culture of high performance” for administrative and technical services. Prior to SWE, Betty spent 24 years in development, engineering management, and marketing for the electronics and software industries.

    Betty has earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, a Master of Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies, and an M.B.A. in strategic management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.” In 2013, she received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Connecticut.

  • Emerging Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) Technology for Oil and Gas Industry

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/27/2016

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    A new breed of Remote Sensing (RS) platform known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is emerging. According to the UAS Roadmap 2007-2032 document an Unmanned system is “A powered vehicle that does not carry a human operator, can be operated autonomously or remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload. Unmanned vehicles are the primary component of unmanned systems." UAS are widely used in military applications that are “ Dull, Dirty and Dangerous" missions. The size of the aircraft ranges from as small as 10 cm (micro air vehicle) to Global Hawks with wingspan as wide as 70 m. Over the years there have been numerous terminologies that is being associated with UAS namely “ Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV)", “Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV)", and “Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle (ROAV)." UAS can be equipped with a variety of multiple and interchangeable imaging devices, and sensors such as digital videos, infrared cameras, thermal, multi-spectral and hyper-spectral sensors, synthetic aperture radar, laser scanners, chemical, biological, and radiological sensors and weather monitoring devices. Small sized UAS (sUAS) platforms will be ideal for Aerial Robotics in facility inspection and monitoring of deep water production platforms, offshore and onshore facilities, rapid response and assessment tool to monitor an oil spill, monitoring endangered species along oil and gas operation corridors, and security of our critical infrastructure from threats. Robotics technologies present an opportunity to develop reliable and deployable solutions to support business processes while removing personnel from the operating theatre or accessing areas that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. Nicholls Geomatics program started investigating the adoption of emerging UAS technology in the Post- Katrina era for monitoring and mapping the coast. Since its inception as a research endeavor in 2005, the sUAS program has now grown into a mature component of Geomatics program instruction and research. The ongoing research projects include characterization of Louisiana barrier islands, inspection of offshore platforms, infrastructure monitoring, and precision agriculture. A sUAS certification program is being designed to prepare students in UAS related careers.

    This webinar is categorized under the Health, Safety, and Environment discipline.

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    Dr. Balaji Ramachandran

    Geomatics Program, Nicholls

    Dr. Ramachandran, received his Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Bangalore University, India in 1992. He worked in a post-graduate institution as research assistant in a UN funded sustainable development project. He decided to pursue his graduate studies in United States. He received his Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering and Sciences with a concentration in Hydrologic Sciences from University of Florida in 1997. He also received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2003 from University of Florida. He has two concentrations in Computer & Information Science & Engineering and Urban & Regional Planning. He worked as a research engineer for a year at Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation lab, University of Central Florida.

    He joined the Geomatics Program, Department of Applied Sciences at Nicholls in Aug of 2004. Ramachandran's areas of interest include Geographic Information System (GIS), Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Remote Sensing, UAS, and Hydrographic Surveying, Laser Scanning, Spatial Data Mining, Mobile and Pervasive Computing, Wearable Computing, Data Fusion, Decision Support Systems, and Environmental Planning. His research is usually inter-disciplinary in nature and pioneers in adoption of Geospatial technologies in different disciplines.

    His research Drishti, a wireless pedestrian navigation system for the blind and disabled, augments contextual information to the visually impaired and computes optimized routes based on user preference, temporal constraints, and discovered dynamic obstacles. Notable media coverage was an article in the Technology Section of the New York Times that appeared on October 17, 2002. The above work is applied for patent under the title “Pedestrian navigation and spatial relation device” and is currently pending (PGPUB# 20050060088).

    In the past ten years, Ramachandran is responsible for developing the Geomatics program at Nicholls. He has been awarded the Contractor's Educational Trust Fund Super Endowed Professorship and T Baker Smith Endowed Professorship for his efforts in helping build this new program. He also directs the state of the art Geospatial Technology Center at Nicholls. He is currently managing several projects on GIS applications, datawarehousing of regional GIS datasets, monitoring coastal erosion and subsidence using GNSS, and Internet based GIS applications. He is also working on emerging technologies unmanned aerial systems for mapping barrier islands, monitoring critical infrastructure, Oil and Gas related industries and terrestrial laser scanning for coastal erosion in the State of Louisiana. He is also founding member of the Pelican Chapter (Louisiana) of AUVSI.

    Ramachandran has received research and equipment grants totaling $ 3,000,000 to date. He is currently funded (or has received funding from) by Delta Regional Authority, Homeland Security Department of Defense, Microsoft Corporation, Trimble Navigation Ltd, Navigation Electronics Inc., Louisiana Board of Regents (BoR), Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, Lafourche Parish Government, British Petroleum, SHELL, Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol, Suwannee River Water Management District, Florida Division of Forestry, Nicholls Research Council, and School of Forest Resources and Conservation University of Florida.

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