Executive Summary

The purpose of this project is to identify ways to reduce the cost of InSAR, a remote sensing tool, for monitoring SAGD steam chambers. If cost reduction opportunities based on new technology are identified, an implementation project may follow. InSAR is a technology that has been shown to be effective for SAGD steam chamber monitoring. However, it is expensive. The project would retain a specialist consultant by a Request for Proposals who would study ways to reduce costs by tailoring an InSAR service specifically to steam chamber monitoring. Approaches that would be investigated to reduce cost include: Density of corner reflectors; Use of non-critical service from satellite radar providers; Anticipated lower cost of data from future satellite launches; Optimum use of frequency bands and other features; “Group photo”; Standardization of a service offering for the oil sands. This project is ongoing.

Final Report