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EHS Technology for O&G/Petrochemicals

Large Area Fugitive Emission Monitoring In All Conditions

Dr. Sophie Purser - MIRICO

Description

We present a detailed description and experimental results for a new laser sensing technique in combination with a gas emission survey method that remotely detects and maps the locations of multiple gas emission sources distributed across an extensive area. This presentation will focus on the application of this approach to methane and present results form an experimental evaluation of its performance using 17 calibrated releases, with support from he National Physical laboratory to create traceable standards. Our laser sensing approach, which we call Laser Dispersion Spectroscopy (LDS), uses changes in refractive index incurred by the optical beam to measure molecular concentration as opposed to traditional methods that depend of the intensity of the optical beam to quantify emission. The sensor offers improvements in precision, beam length, accuracy whereby the system inherently isolates common noise sources and offers enhanced performance in open path environments where detected optical intensity variation occurring form artefacts such as rain, water vapour result in inaccuracies when using traditional absorption techniques. Our experimental data set comprise of 7 optical beams that are sequentially steered on a timescale of ˜1Hz. Simultaneously we acquire 3D ultrasonic anemometry data and use this to drive a simple plume eddy dispersion model.

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Chemical

How Digital Transformation Can Impact Compliance for Environmental and Safety Regulation

Marcelo Carugo, Marcio Donnangelo, & Steve Probst - Emerson Automation Solutions

Description

This presentation will give you an overview of how Digital Transformation is eliminating layers of complexity to bring pre–interpreted field data directly to those who need to make decisions and take action. Two examples will be highlighted: Environmental reporting involves flow measurements which must be verified to be accurate. Discovery of an inaccurate measurement can be costly for operators as they may pay fines from the last date they can prove accurate measurement. Meter verification tools make it simple and convenient to prove accuracy over time. Operators will be notified of problems immediately to avoid misreporting and allowing for immediate corrective action. PRVs are no longer isolated mechanical devices that rely on manual rounds as part of a preventive maintenance program. Release and leakage alerts can be wirelessly monitored, and then integrated into reporting and analytical systems. Powerful tools are now available to interpret these patterns and predict future releases before they occur.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 417B

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Emerging Technology

Applications and Field Results for Quantitative Optical Gas Imaging

Jon Morris - Providence Photonics

Description

Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) is gaining traction as the best available Leak Detection and Repair technology(LDAR) for the detection of fugitive emissions. The NSPS OOOOa regulations, for the first time, have allowed for OGI as the primary LDAR technology. In addition, the emerging field of Quantitative Optical Gas imaging (QOGI) has opened up new applications and new possibilities for OGI. A recent QOGI method which allows operators to determine emission rates using a handheld optical gas imager. The technology has been tested and validated through various field studies and independent testing.This presentation will discuss applications and field testing results for QOGI in the upstream oil and gas industry. QOGI results are compared to known release rates and other quantitative methods. Applications for QOGI in both upstream and downstream oil and gas and petrochemical industries. Comparisons are made between available quantification technologies in the context of Leak Detection and Repair.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

9:00AM

Location

Room 616B

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Emerging Technology

Advanced Technology for Real Time Fence-Line Perimeter Monitoring

Gilad Shpitzer - Atmosfir Optics Ltd.

Description

Atmosfir Optics, Ltd., will present the D-fenceline System, an advanced software application, applied to classical FTIR, Open Path Technology, providing significant and unique improvement to remote sensing of fence-line boundaries. We will discuss how these unique algorithms have been applied in the field to drive detection limits down an order of magnitude, pinpoint emission sources with an advanced triangulation algorithm, and increase confidence in using real time data for rapid mitigation and alerts, with instantaneous, real time spectral validation against the NIST reference spectra.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 417B

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Chemical

The Forecast for Your LDAR Program Looks Cloudy, and Why That’s a Good Thing

Christopher Tucker - InspectionLogic Corporation

Description

InspectionLogic has worked hard to move LDAR to a cloud based solution. We have learned a ton along the way and the benefits for everyone involved are huge! Come learn why moving your LDAR program to the cloud is a good thing and how it will benefit you, your facility, and your technicians. Topics will include data security, data accessibility, and what an “always connected” handset really means for LDAR technicians.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 400

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BWON

Vapor Lock Scrubber Technology Reducing Carbon Usage for BWON Compliance

Jim Woodard, Jeff St. Amant - Vapor Point, LLC

Description

Vapor Point has been contracted by many refining clients, who have been challenged with the proper design of BWON related controls, to determine the most effective control system when considering cost and efficiency. The challenge with many BWON applications is the significant variability in contaminate concentrations which poses challenges in designing the vapor control system. Predominately, activated carbon is considered a BACT for BWON applications, while thermal oxidizers/combustors are also considered BACT, but not as widely utilized. Changing emissions characteristics of a refinery waste system, can render a well-conceived design selection ineffective. This discussion will focus on carbon absorption systems and how incorporating the VaporLockTM under the correct circumstances improves the system design providing improved margins through direct (activated carbon changeouts), and indirect costs savings (unaccounted for man hours for carbon changeouts/exchanges, and environmental management associated with monitoring and NESHAP requirements for new and spent carbon canisters). We’d like to further highlight, that over the past nine years, we have encountered several clients that elected to utilize a combustion device due to the peak loading during high emission events, ultimately recognizing increased costs due to propane/fuel consumption and maintenance downtime due to the operating conditions of the combustion device. This presentation will review a specific application where Vapor Point was enlisted by a Major Gulf Coast Refinery to investigate the ability to decrease carbon usage at a sump emissions control point which was part of the facilities BWON program. Vapor phase carbon is required per the site’s consent decree as the primary control device at various control points across the facility. The client selected one area where a significant increase in carbon consumption had occurred over a period of time. This sump emissions control point was selected as the pilot project for the installation of Vapor Point’s proprietary liquid scrubber system to decrease the loading of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and specifically the benzene on the primary control device, vapor phase carbon.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:00PM

Location

Room 402

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Drones

Drone Based OGI OOOOa (Quadcopter Drone)

Roy Massengale - Enrud

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 616A

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Chemical

Advantages of Hot-Filter Cooled OGI technology for Leak Detection and Quantification

Ram Hashmonay - Opgal

Description

The ability to manually replace or automatically swap filters in an OGI camera provide many advantages for various OGI applications. This presentation reviews several OGI applications, where swapping the filter provides better detection sensitivity, longer range, compounds' classification, and more accurate quantification.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 400

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Chemical

The Transformation of LDAR: Predictive Leak Management Software

Brian Whitley - Emission Monitoring Service, Inc. (EMSI)

Description

Description coming soon.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 400

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Chemical

Safety Showers and Location Awareness - Improving Safety with Wireless Monitoring

Marcio Donnangelo - Emerson Automation Solutions

Description

Think you’re covered? Radios aren’t always enough. Find out how to improve safety by monitoring safety shower and eye–wash stations, as well as comply with OSHA without incurring complex installation and deployment costs. A safety shower system integration using wireless technology is not only cost–effective but can provide instant alerts and quick and effective response time.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:00PM

Location

Room 417B

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Digital Transformation

The State of Fenceline Monitoring Systems Lessons from the California Experience

Randy Gibbons - Terra Applied Systems

Description

Several air quality regulating bodies in California are requiring major petroleum refiners to implement fenceline monitoring programs using open path sensing technologies. The first continuous open path Fenceline Monitoring system in California was at the Unocal Rodeo refinery (now P66) installed in 1996. This TAS system is effectively the prototype for projects currently being required at most other California refineries. Broader interest in similar fenceline systems has increased in recent years for environmental impact and general safety. The California experience provides some good examples to discuss the state of the technologies and the successful implementation of fenceline monitoring programs and systems. TAS has a unique perspective having been instrumental in creating the design and guiding implementation for most of these systems in partnerships with several refiners and local companies. Success cannot be defined or achieved without realistic purpose. Communicating purpose and building this into design before committing to engineering is often a significant obstacle. Several purposes for the California fenceline monitoring initiatives were defined in early regulation support studies. However, most of the refinery projects were being started without design purpose awareness. Technology and product readiness for these systems were not as clearly defined as regulators or even manufacturers understood. Sensor detection capabilities were overstated by operators, consultants, and some manufacturers. This led to unrealistic expectations in regulations and monitoring plans. Community attention as well as regulations requiring standards for uptime and data quality presented challenges to current products and practices. This has driven improvements in methods, equipment, and support systems. It has required manufacturers to transition products and systems from various stages of commercial readiness to address full industrial implementation. As systems come online and continuous operations are scrutinized, further developments are ongoing. Designing open path systems is not as simple as it would appear. Regulations written to operate continuously at the limits of the technology require close attention to details usually not important to refinery engineers. This often becomes a challenge. It can be aggravated in plan execution as environmental and construction challenges are often met by compromising design details. Close attention at every step of implementation is important. Most of the new experts promoting themselves in this California initiative operate in effect under a batching support and quality assurance paradigm. This is largely accepted by regulators and customers, but it carries risks. Experience with dozens of safety and operations critical open path systems, TAS brings a design paradigm of continuous operations that is well suited to the demands of operating in refinery and other heavy industry environments.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 417B

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Emerging Technology

Handheld and Small-UAV Laser Sensors for Natural Gas Leak Imaging and Quantification

Michael B. Frish, Paul Wehnert & Milton Heath III - Physical Sciences & Heath Consultants

Description

We present lightweight handheld and aerial natural gas leak survey tools that cost-effectively locate, visualize, and directly quantify emissions from small infrastructure sources, e.g. valves, meters, etc. These tools adapt our widely-used laser sensors (the RMLD®) to platforms that spatially scan the laser beam to create images of emission plumes with high sensitivity, spatial resolution, and temporal resolution. Early prototypes have been deployed aboard small (24”) semi-autonomous unmanned aerial and in a man-portable configuration.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 616B

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Emerging Technology

LUMEN Terrain - Continuous Ground-Based Digital Methane Monitoring

Myalee Muller - Baker Hughes

Description

Launched in 2017, Avitas Systems is a Baker Hughes company focused on improving safety, protecting the environment, reducing asset downtime and decreasing overall inspection time and cost over traditional manual methods. To do so, Avitas Systems uses automated robotics and its suite of Artificial Intelligence software to accelerate inspections and provide applied intelligence to its customers, so that they can act on it rapidly, by accessing Avitas’s SaaS platform and optimizing their maintenance & repairs plans. In the Permian, Avitas Systems uses drones to accelerate such well sites inspections data gathering, then processes images and videos with its AI-based Computer Vision algorithm to create useful risk-based reports to Oil & Gas operators. Our goal is to inspect hundreds of Permian well sites in one day, and report to each operators the next morning for their 7 am operation meeting, so they can not only better plan and prioritize their daily routes, but also take the necessary parts and tools required to maintain or repair identified equipment issues or failure. Some of the critical inspection points are liquid or gas leaks, such as Fugitive Methane Emissions (“FME”), flares status and efficiency, advanced corrosion damage, overall equipment status (heaters, separators, scrubbers, pumps), tank volumetric, hazardous material, proper signage, solar panel position and overall well site operating conditions. Learn more at www.avitas-systems.com

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 619

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Emerging Technology

Methane Detection using Satellites

Stephanie Germain - GHGSat

Description

Coming soon.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

8:30AM

Location

Room 616A

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Drones

Avitas - LUMEN Sky - Aerial Drone-based Digital Methane Monitoring

Myalee Muller - Baker Hughes

Description

Launched in 2017, Avitas Systems is a Baker Hughes company focused on improving safety, protecting the environment, reducing asset downtime and decreasing overall inspection time and cost over traditional manual methods. To do so, Avitas Systems uses automated robotics and its suite of Artificial Intelligence software to accelerate inspections and provide applied intelligence to its customers, so that they can act on it rapidly, by accessing Avitas’s SaaS platform and optimizing their maintenance & repairs plans. In the Permian, Avitas Systems uses drones to accelerate such well sites inspections data gathering, then processes images and videos with its AI-based Computer Vision algorithm to create useful risk-based reports to Oil & Gas operators. Our goal is to inspect hundreds of Permian well sites in one day, and report to each operators the next morning for their 7 am operation meeting, so they can not only better plan and prioritize their daily routes, but also take the necessary parts and tools required to maintain or repair identified equipment issues or failure. Some of the critical inspection points are liquid or gas leaks, such as Fugitive Methane Emissions (“FME”), flares status and efficiency, advanced corrosion damage, overall equipment status (heaters, separators, scrubbers, pumps), tank volumetric, hazardous material, proper signage, solar panel position and overall well site operating conditions.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 616A

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Emerging Technology

Autonomous Mobile Methane Monitoring

Brendan Smith - SeekOps

Description

Current emissions monitoring techniques and technologies are unable to meet growing demands for FME inspections in a cost-effective or efficient manner. SeekOps enables responsible energy production through rapid, efficient, and cost-effective FME monitoring.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 616A

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Emerging Technology

Optical Gas Imaging: From Handheld to Autonomous

Craig O’Neill and Chris Beadle - FLIR & IntelliView Technologies

Description

Optical gas imaging (OGI) has been a part of leak detection and repair for over a decade. From starting as a handheld solution to ensure safe work practices in the oil and gas industry to becoming the best system of emissions reduction (BSER) as defined by the EPA in US methane detection regulations, OGI has become a foundation of the oil and gas industry for emissions mitigation. One recent key advancement of OGI is the introduction of uncooled solutions for this technology. Uncooled OGI solutions offer the oil and gas industry a lower cost, smaller solution for methane detection that can easily be utilized for continuous 24/7 monitoring. As the oil and gas industry looks for advanced solutions to streamline methane mitigation and more efficiently diagnose leaks, new fixed uncooled OGI solutions will be able to detect and identify emissions. A combination of uncooled OGI cameras from FLIR and advanced analytics from IntelliView Technologies provides the market with an anonymous and reliable solution.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 616A

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Chemical

Meeting Flare Emissions Regulations with BTU Measurement

Tom Watson - AMETEK Process Instruments

Description

Learn how mass spectrometer technology can be used to meet emissions requirements by measuring BTU in the flare gas. This session will cover the methods of BTU determination, and will outline the advantages of a mass spectrometer analyzer - speed, accuracy, range, etc. - while discussing application specifics, and total cost of ownership and maintenance needs. There will also be a review of mass spectrometry technology, components, and functions.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 408

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Drones

Quadcopter Drones, Fixed Wing Drone, Helicopters, or Fixed Wing Plane?

David Furry - Leak Surveys Inc.

Description

Coming soon.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

8:00AM

Location

Room 616A

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Chemical

SPOD: Continuous VOC Monitoring for Targeted Grab Sample Acquisition

Jacob Melby - SENSIT Technologies

Description

The SENSIT® SPOD is solar-powered fenceline monitoring system for VOCs. This low-powered, easily deployable system combines wind and VOC measurements to identify and locate emission sources in real-time. When combined with the highly configurable sample acquisition system, the SENSIT SPOD can enable targeted grab sampling using evacuated canisters or sorption tubes for later laboratory VOC analysis.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 415B

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Chemical

Opening Up the Opportunities for Performance Verification and Reliability Enhancement of Valves

Dave Anderson - Score Valves

Description

Most fugitive emission reduction / elimination efforts in the industrial community, especially at chemical and refining facilities have been focused on component monitoring with the implementation of LDAR (Leak Detection and Repair) programs. USEPA studies have shown that the vast majority (between 80 and 90%) of fugitive emissions are associated with valve and connector leaks . While necessary, LDAR programs are, by definition, concerned with fixing leaks when they are encountered, not preventing them. Further, it could be argued that the greatest contribution to lowering fugitive emission rates from connectors and valves is through the use of consistent time-tested assembly and maintenance procedures, and the selection of the best available technology in terms of lowest emission valve packings, gaskets, torqueing equipment, and other equipment. An overview of best practices for achieving lowest fugitive emission rates for bolted flange connectors and valves including a fugitive emissions model for gasketed connectors will be presented.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:30PM

Location

Room 400

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Chemical

New Absorption Technology for VOC Capture

Ray Ozdemir and Jeff St. Amant - Framergy Inc. & Vapor Point, LLC

Description

"While technology focus in our industry has been centered on automation and monitoring capabilities, little new science has been developed. Vapor Point working with its partner framergy, Inc have begun exploring the industrial usability of a new material science known as Metal Organic Frameworks. Through this partnership, we’ve performed lab and pilot scale testing of various technologies important to our industry including absorption of light hydrocarbons from atmospheric emissions, separation of light hydrocarbons, capture of H2S from vapor and aqueous phase sources and absorption of contaminates in waste waters. This presentation will review the developments of this new material science for the absorption and reuse of captured VOCs from otherwise atmospheric emissions. We will review our current progress as part of our current EPA SBIR Grant, focused on absorption of light VOCs not easily managed with Activated Carbon. "

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 417B

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Emerging Technology

New Technology with the Potential to eliminate PFAs and PFOAs from water sources

Ray Ozdemir, Jeff St. Amant - Framergy Inc. & Vapor Point, LLC

Description

PFAs and PFOAs have generated significant public and environmental regulatory interest recently. While there do exist current treatment approaches, the options are limited. Vapor Point working with its partner Framergy, Inc have begun exploring the industrial usability of a new material science known as Metal Organic Frameworks. Through this partnership, we’ve performed lab and pilot scale testing of various technologies important to our industry including absorption of light hydrocarbons from atmospheric emissions, separation of light hydrocarbons, capture of H2S from vapor and aqueous phase sources and absorption of contaminates in waste waters. This presentation will review the developments of this new material science for the capture and destruction of PFAs and PFOAs. We will review our current progress as part of our current EPA SBIR Grant, focused on elimination of the contaminates from drinking water supplies.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:30PM

Location

Room 414

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Best Management Practices

New Technology for the Removal of Sulfur Compounds from Hydrocarbon Products, Helping Combat Economic Strains Caused by Tier II and III Sulfur Credits

Jeff St. Amant - Vapor Point, LLC

Description

While technology focus in our industry has been centered on automation and monitoring capabilities, little new science has developed in meeting the challenges that high sulfur oil and gas production has brought with it. Vapor Point and its partnership with Baker Hughes has developed new mobile technologies focused on helping clients mitigate quality issues with hydrocarbon feedstocks and products. In addition to this new mobile deployment, Vapor Point has created new chemistries capable of extracting sulfur species such as butyl mercaptan, which cannot be managed with amines or other specialty chemical technologies. This presentation will discuss existing applications where Vapor Point has assisted clients with improving the quality of both feedstocks and saleable fuels by removing unwanted sulfur contamination such as Hydrogen Sulfide, Methyl Mercaptan, Ethyl Mercaptan, Propyl Mercaptan and Butyl Mercaptan.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 617

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Emerging Technology

Using Smart Meter Verification to Digitally Transform Environmental Reporting

Meha Jha - Emerson Automation Solutions

Description

This presentation will give you an overview of how Digital Transformation is eliminating layers of complexity to bring pre-interpreted field data directly to those who need to make decisions and take action. Environmental reporting involves flow measurements which must be verified to be accurate. Discovery of an inaccurate measurement can be costly for operators as they may pay fines from the last date they can prove accurate measurement. Meter verification tools make it simple and convenient to prove accuracy over time. Operators will be notified of problems immediately to avoid misreporting and allowing for immediate corrective action.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:30PM

Location

Room 417B

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Emerging Technology

Methane Leaks Detected Over San Juan Basin Using Aerial Data

Sean Donegan - Satelytics

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 619

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Chemical

Digital Camera Visible Emissions Method (Alternative Method 082) in lieu of Method 9 for Visible Emissions

Shawn Dolan - Virtual Technology, LLC

Description

ASTM D7520-16 and US EPA Alternative Method 082, have revolutionized Visible Emission Management practices over the last 7 years. Community Air Quality Awareness has become a litigation boiling pot, as smart phones, and low cost Particulate and Ozone monitors, have flooded the monitoring markets, making monitoring readily available to everybody everywhere. The exponential growth of the community monitoring market over the last two years will be reviewed and strategies to embrace community monitoring as a means of compliance assurance will be discussed in this presentation.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 417B

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Chemical

Portable GC for Fenceline Monitoring

Chris Schepcoff - SGS Galson

Description

Coming soon.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:00PM

Location

Room 415B

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Emerging Technology

Satellite-based Hyperspectral Analysis for Emissions Detection, Integrity Monitoring and Compliance

Peter Weaver - Orbital Sidekick

Description

Analysis of hyperspectral imagery (HSI), collected by micro-satellite, is poised to provide unparalleled global daily leak and emissions detection capability for the chemical, oil and gas industries. Space-based HSI offers an ability to directly find leaks, detect threatening construction activity, identify physical changes to soil and vegetation caused by leaked product, and even distinguish between specific hydrocarbon liquids or vapors. In this presentation, OSK will discuss the state-of-the-art for using HSI to detect fugitive emissions. It will provide examples of inspection findings using Spectral IntelligenceTM. And, it will provide insight on how HSI can improve the operator’s ability to cost-effectively understand the conditions at and around their assets.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

9:00AM, 11:00AM

Location

Room 6th Floor Ballroom, 619

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