The independent oil and gas exploration and production company, Tullow Oil, is using geographic information system (GIS) technology in conjunction with unmanned drones to obtain highly accurate site information, cost effectively. This innovative initiative is helping the organisation to improve both operational efficiency and its sustainable approach to oil exploration in Africa.

Tullow Oil has active exploration programmes across several African countries and a high success rate in discovering commercial hydrocarbons. Key to all exploration projects is the need to survey sites to gather information that is vitally important for decision-making. The company now uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to fly over these locations and acquire aerial imagery in ultra-high resolution. These images are then combined with other key datasets utilising Esri technology to give the organisation a near real-time view of its exploration sites.

“Our utilisation of GIS and UAV technology adds significant value to Tullow’s operations. The integration of ultra-high resolution images from 
UAVs with Esri technology provides a visual and analytical platform that delivers key information for decision-making.”

David Edem, Head of Technology Delivery, Tullow Oil

This combined use of GIS and UAVs is expected to deliver sustainable long term cost savings. The in-depth analysis facilitated by Esri technology enables Tullow Oil to examine well sites in precise detail and consider a wide range of environmental and operational factors. Managers can make quick development decisions about African wells based on accurate, up-to-date information from their desktops, rather than having to commission expensive and time consuming on-site surveys. GIS is also integral in helping Tullow Oil monitor the impact of its exploration activity on the environment. Imagery acquired before, during and after drilling can be combined using Esri technology to create a
seamless, interactive picture of change over time. The clarity this provides then helps Tullow to demonstrate to government and other stakeholders its ongoing commitment to its environmental obligations by restoring the land to its original pre-drilling condition.

Source ThinkGIS online

 

 

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