GRSG Oil and Gas Remote Sensing Workshop

The North American Chapter of the GRSG is pleased to announce that, in collaboration with the University of Colorado and the US Geological Survey, we will be holding a workshop focused on the applications of remote sensing to the oil and gas industry.

Remote sensing provides crucial data for the exploration and characterization of oil and gas resources, as input to managing operations, and is of increasing importance to minimizing the health, environment, and safety risks associated with a wide range of oil and gas activities.


Day 1 – Oil & Gas Workshop Agenda

TimePresentation TitlePresenter
8:45 – 9:00Welcome and introductions from the GRSG and RASEI
Session 1: Recent advances for exploration (Chair: Charlotte Bishop)
9:30 – 9:50Regional Geologic Remote Sensing, Ruhuhu Basin, TanzaniaJames Ellis (Ellis Geospatial)
9:50 – 10:10Hydrocarbon Micro-seepage and Remote Sensing for Oil and Gas: New Life for Two Significant but Underutilized TechnologiesDietmar Schumacher (ENP Services)
10:10 – 10:30Hydrocarbon Exploration Approach Utilizing Satellite Imagery and Airborne Radiometric Data, Beetaloo Sub-basin, Northern Territory, AustraliaSandy Perry (Perry Remote Sensing, LLC)
10:30 – 11:00COFFEE BREAK
Session 2: Proximal remote sensing (Chair: Trude Ridley)
11:00 – 11:20Inferring TOC and major element geochemical and mineralogical characteristics of shale core from hyperspectral imageryBenoit Rivard (University of Alberta)
11:20 – 11:40Mineralogical and textural mapping for core from petroleum-bearing strata: Next generation hyperspectral core imagingLionel Fontenau (CoreScan)
11:40 – 12:00Applications of hyperspectral core imaging to chemostratigraphic and lithostratigraphic studies of petroliferous mudrocksJustin Birdwell (USGS)
12:00 – 12:20Hyperspectral Core Imaging for Oil & Gas applicationsTobi Kosanke (Terracore)
12:20 – 1:20LUNCH BREAK
Session 3: Applications of InSAR across the O&G lifecycle (Chair: Kristi Tiampo)
1:20 – 1:40InSAR Time-Series Analysis of Induced Seismicity in Weld County, ColoradoMagali Barba (CU)
1:40 – 2:00Oil & Gas InSAR Applications with Sentinel-1 and ALOS-2Adrian McCardle (3V Geomatics)
2:00 – 2:20On the importance of surface deformation data for realistic assessment of time-dependent seismic hazard associated with fluid injectionShirzaei Manoochehr (ASU)
2:20 – 2:40Continuous InSAR Monitoring for EOR OperationsSara Del Conte (TRE-Altamira)
2:40 – 3:00Characterizing infrastructure changes using DInSARKristi Tiampo (CU)
3:00 – 3:30COFFEE BREAK
Session 4: Technological and application advances (Chair: Robin Leventhal)
3:30 – 3:50New advances in remote sensing to aid exploration and monitoring, then and now case studiesMichael King (CGG/NPA)
3:50 – 4:10Title: TBDBill Baugh (Digital Globe / MAXAR)
4:30 – 5:15Panel discussion (Chair: Bud Pope): Remote sensing for oil and gas - leading solutions today and game changers in 3 years

Day 2 – Oil & Gas Workshop Agenda

TimePresentation TitlePresenter
8:55 – 9:00Welcome and recap
9:00 – 9:30Keynote: title TBDTBD
Session 5: Remote sensing of oil spills (Chair: Christian Haselwimmer)
9:30 – 9:50Mapping the 2010 BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico using AVIRIS hyperspectral imagingGregg Swayze (USGS)
9:50 – 10:10MSRC and Ocean Imaging Tactical Oil Spill Response SystemMark Hess (Ocean Imaging)
10:10 – 10:30Crude Oil Spectral Signatures and Empirical Models to Derive °API Gravity RemotelyRosa Elvira Correa Pabón (University of Campinas)
10:30 – 11:00COFFEE BREAK
Session 6: Emissions detection (Chair: Andrea Steffke)
11:00 – 11:20Satellite Monitoring of Fugitive Methane EmissionsJean-Francois Gauthier (GHGSat)
11:20 – 11:40Detection of Hydrocarbon Gases Using Airborne Midwave (3-5 µm) and Longwave (7.6-13.5 µm) Infrared Hyperspectral Data: Exploration and Monitoring Applications to Oil IndustryRebecca Scafuto (University of Campinas)
11:40 – 12:00Mapping a Diverse Set of Methane SourcesJarett Bartholomew (Ball Aerospace)
12:00 – 12:20Large area airborne hyperspectral imaging for atmospheric emissions throughout the oil and gas lifecycleKatherine Saad (Aerospace Corporation)
12:20 – 1:20LUNCH BREAK
Session 7: Environmental monitoring and baselining (Chair: Bill Baugh)
1:20 – 1:40The Role of Earth Observation for Cumulative Effects Monitoring in Alberta’s Oil Sands RegionFaye Wyatt (Canada Center for Remote Sensing)
1:40 – 2:00Mexico Onshore Baseline Change Detection Using Landsat Multispectral Imaging and Elevation DataXiao Zhang (Shell)
2:00 – 2:20Use of Multi-date Water Analysis for Oil and Gas Related AssessmentsCynthia Dacre (Radiant Systems)
2:20 – 2:40TBDTBD
2:40 – 3:00TBDTBD
3:00 – 3:30COFFEE BREAK
Session 8: Application of UAVs across the O&G lifecycle (Chair: TBD)
3:30 – 3:50The Use of Beyond Visual Line of Sight Drones for Emission Detection and Remote Sensing SurveysBogdan Besfamylnyy (Red Hen Systems)
3:50 – 4:10U.S. Geological Survey - Putting Drones to Work for Applied Scientific ResearchJeff Sloan (USGS)
4:10 – 4.30Midstream and Upstream Oil and Gas Applications of Beyond-Line-of-Sight, Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft SystemsDavid Yoel (American Aerospace)
4:30 - 4:50Mapping of Shallow Water and Underwater Scenes Using a Novel Lidar/UAV TechniqueGeoff Crowley (Astraspace)


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Helpful Information

Below are the deatils of hotels with discounts for our conference; if you call to book, say that you are coming for “Geological Remote Sensing Group Conference at the University of Colorado”

Best Western Plus – Boulder Inn (complimentary hot continental breakfast)
770 28th St. Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 303-449-3800
Link to book online
Rate: $189.00
Cut off: June 11th, 2018

Boulder Courtyard Marriott: (breakfast available for purchase)
4710 Pearl E Circle, Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: 303-440-4700
Rate: $189 per night
Link to book online
Cut off: June 11th, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn (breakfast available for purchase)
2701 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302
Link to book online
Rate: $249.00
Cut off: June 11th, 2018


• A convenient way to get to Boulder from Denver International Airport is RTD’s bus line AB1/AB2. Click here for schedule and booking information. The ride time is about 75 minutes. The ticket is $9/person one-way and can be purchased either at the ticket vending machines at the airport bus station (outside, under the airport hotel) or on board (cash only, no change).

• Shuttles can also be booked through Green Ride Boulder. Click here for booking information. The cost is $40/person ($12/person for any additional person in the same party). The ride time is about 1 hour and goes directly to Boulder hotels.