SPE Online Education
Aerial & Subsea Drones in O&G Operations: Service Providers Experiences and Emerging Application Scenarios
Recorded On: 05/12/2022
Aerial and subsea drones are transforming the way we conduct Oil & Gas operations as we look to achieve smarter, faster and safer access to critical assets. Service providers are at the forefront of developing and delivering new technologies, pushing the boundaries of research, anticipating new and future applications.
Starting from the state of the art of today’s market offering and demand, this webinar explores how close the industry is from truly unmanned aerial and subsea operations, what are the key enabling technologies, and the requirements from a regulatory perspective.
The discussion on Aerial Drones investigates the importance of autonomy for efficient and consistent multitemporal analysis in onshore and offshore operations (both VLOS and BVLOS). Focus is placed on the critical role of battery technology for range extension, cost competitiveness reducing mass and volumes of the drones and incumbent ground technologies.
Looking at market demand relevance is also given the business model desired by the industry to better support surveillance and emission monitoring (Drone in the Box).
Keeping an eye on the future, it is expected that BVLOS applications for marine and land-based system will become accepted but still be region specific together with on demand deployments of resident drones.
This webinar deep dives in submarine technology deployments and looks at how the world of underwater robotics is quickly evolving by moving from conventional remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to a new generation of autonomous robots: the “Underwater Drones”.
The discussion focuses on what is an Underwater drone, how it is operated, possible deployment modes (topside and subsea resident) revealing what are the benefits of such technology.
Working subsea has its challenges and AI for deep water is a key enabling building block; challenges and roadmap for technology further development and deployment are revealed and shared.
This webinar is categorized under the Projects, Facilities, and Construction technical discipline.
All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Giovanni Massari and Brendan Smith and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Giovanni Massari and Brendan Smith.
Giovanni Massari is Head of Integrated Applications for Sonsub, Saipem. He has been working with Saipem, in the offshore energy industry, for more than 20 years. After graduating with a master’s degree in electronics engineering, he worked in engineering, technology development and qualification, business development with technical and management roles. He is passionate about technologies and innovation, with a carrier devoted to bring disruptive solutions, such as underwater drones, to life. He has been the Program Manager for Hydrone, Saipem Underwater Drone.
Brendan Smith is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at SeekOps. Leading up to the formation of SeekOps, Brendan conducted research at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab where his focus was on laser spectroscopy applications, leveraging intelligent autonomous aerial systems for detection of methane leak anomalies. In 2017, Brendan spun-off his research from JPL and his graduate studies on unmanned systems conducted at the Mechatronics, Embedded Systems, and Automation (MESA) Lab at the University of California, Merced to tackle a large problem in oil & gas – methane emissions. SeekOps utilizes small unmanned aerial systems for effective and accurate gas emissions monitoring.
Brendan leads a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and software developers in the commercialization and new applications of the miniature tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) trace-gas sensors in the energy industry. SeekOps works with major Oil & Gas and Renewable or Biogas and Landfill customers to provide rapid, comprehensive, and cost-effective drone-based methane emission measurements globally.
Claes Palmgren (Moderator)
Claes Palmgren is systems integrator, understanding business, technology and people, building complex operating systems in resource production and manufacturing. Claes has led and worked with start-ups from the concept stage to the first commercial application. Claes is a reservoir engineer, asset team leader, technology manager, and vice-president engineering.
Claes is currently pivoting his passion to create value, innovate and improve to help accelerate decarbonisation based on a synergy of old and new low carbon, high energy density technologies. Specifically commercial regional hydrogen pathways, large scale carbon capture & storage, and community based geothermal and nuclear.
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