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Project Description


Remote sensing, or the acquisition of information about an object or phenomenon without making physical contact, is a highly prospective area for the petroleum industry. Recent advances in technology have reduced costs and improved performance and value. However, the technology is in its early stages and many opportunities for technological leaps still need to be realized. Thus, there is merit for stakeholders to join forces to advance remote sensing innovation in the oil and gas sector.


1. To solicit, screen and select new technologies for remote sensing applicable to petroleum industry challenges.
2. To provide a neutral framework for stakeholders to exchange technical information as appropriate.
3. To launch technology demonstration projects.


The scope of RSTAP will be composed of the 4 following portfolios:
1. Environmental impact monitoring: The effectiveness, timeliness and cost of environmental impact monitoring could be vastly improved through satellite, aerial and land-based observation methods to measure and monitor vegetation, ecosystem health, animal populations, land disturbance, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and water quality in regions affected by oil and gas operations.
2. Arctic resources development: The cost and safety of exploring and finding hydrocarbon resources in Arctic regions are challenged by the harsh climate. Remote sensing technologies offer the possibility of achieving similar outcomes using space and aerial observation methods with less exposure to climatic conditions and less land impact.
3. Offshore resources development: Exploration for offshore resources is expensive due to the need to use ships and drilling platforms. Extreme weather events may also present safety challenges. Space and aerial sensing technologies may lead to similar outcomes without exposure to maritime conditions.
4. Pipeline safety and security: Recent well publicized leaks have placed the integrity of the pipeline system under scrutiny. The industry needs to make a step change in its ability to monitor infrastructure integrity and respond to unplanned events. Remote sensing technologies may provide the opportunity for a leap forward in performance.

Program Description

The program will follow a natural progression over 18 months from identifying industry needs and seeking solutions, to screening the best opportunities, and laying the foundation for field demonstration and implementation. Key program elements are as follows:
1. Technology Information Session – This will be a public “lunch and learn” event to announce the program and to outreach to new participants.
2. Technology Action Plan Steering Committee – This committee will provide overall governance and direction to PTAC with respect to technology topics and criteria and will guide the contents of the workshop, the presentation series, the Request for Technologies and the showcase.
3. Request for Technologies – The Request for Technologies will solicit solutions from technology providers worldwide. Submissions will be screened to a short list and selected technology providers will be invited to present at the Technology Showcase.
4. Technology Interview Series – Approximately once per month, one technology solutions will be presented to a group small enough to allow meaningful discussion and debate of technical merits. All RSTAP participants will be invited to these invitation only events.
5. Technology Showcase – This event will allow approximately 8 solutions to be presented and discussed with RSTAP participants with a focus on determining the scope, location and value of a demonstration trial.
6. Final Report – The final report will capture and summarize RSTAP activities with particular emphasis on technologies identified by the program. It will allow participants to consider joint demonstration trials of technologies that meet their needs.


• Technology Information Session
• Technology Interview Series
• Request for Technologies
• Technology Showcase
• Final Report


Project launch: August 2012
Technology Information Session: September 2012
Request for Technologies: October 2012
Technology Interview Series: November 2012 to December 2013
Technology Showcase: May 2013
Project completion: December 2013

PTAC Governance

PTAC will follow its established method for consortium projects. Consortium Members will be the organizations who will provide funds to pay for the Project in return for the Project Deliverables. The Consortium Members will enter into a standard contract with PTAC to fund the Project. PTAC will form and facilitate the project Steering Committee which will make all Project decisions within Project Scope. Steering Committee decisions are made by majority vote. PTAC does not hold voting privileges on the Steering Committee. PTAC will contract with the contractors for their services and oversee the delivery of the work. The Final Report will be submitted to the Steering Committee for approval.

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