CTP Structural Engineering, an engineering firm that specialises in structural systems and is based in Sydney, Australia, has developed a new technique for detecting oil slicks from space.
The technique uses a system called a remote sensing radar to detect oil slickes and detect them with a high-definition camera.
In the past, engineers at CPTE have used radar to map oil sliches on the surface of the Earth, and then used an array of instruments to map and analyse them in order to understand how the oil was moving in the environment.
However, this technique is much more precise, because it can detect oil in a relatively narrow range of temperatures.
“This is a huge leap forward in sensing oil from space,” said Chris Bremner, director of engineering at Cpte, which was founded by three former CPTEs engineers.
“It is something we are going to be able to do in the future.”
Bremberg explained that the oil is detected using a combination of radar and the new remote sensing technique.
“We use a combination between a thermal radar, infrared spectrometer, and a high precision array,” he said.
“And then we use a computer vision system to identify the oil as a crude oil by measuring its temperature and its density, which is something that is extremely difficult to do with radar alone.”
“The radar is able to pick up on a lot of different things that we could never do before.”
CPTe uses a combination, including thermal, infrared, and radar, to detect crude oil in the atmosphere.
“What we have here is a technology that is capable of being able to detect, for the first time, oil slicke that has a high density, a high temperature, and is moving very fast,” said Brember.
The new technique uses two radar arrays, one for thermal imaging and the other for infrared imaging, to map the oil on a large map.
The oil is then analysed using an array that is able in principle to see a number of different properties.
“So, the realisation that we can detect these things on a much larger scale is something I think we can really use to the benefit of our clients, our customers and the planet,” Bremersaid.
He added that the new technique could be deployed in an industrial setting in the near future.
“I think this is an area where we will see it really become a commercial technology.”
The oil detection technique was developed at the University of Melbourne by Chris Breslau, Chris Wainwright, and Michael Ruggiero, with funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC).
They have since been awarded a grant to continue developing the technology.
“Our first attempt to detect a crude slick from orbit was in 2015,” said Wainwrith.
“Using this technology, we were able to identify a crude lubricant that was a crude crude oil lubricant at a distance of around 30,000 kilometres. “
That is the longest distance that we have ever been able to achieve. “
Using this technology, we were able to identify a crude lubricant that was a crude crude oil lubricant at a distance of around 30,000 kilometres.
That oil is now in the Arctic Ocean. “
Then, using this technology to locate a crude, we detected oil that was 30,500 kilometres away.
Bresluer told the ABC that the technique can also be used to track the movements of oil in water. “
From this technology we have also been able detect crude oils from the Arctic Sea, which are around 5,000 to 7,000 kilometers away.”
Bresluer told the ABC that the technique can also be used to track the movements of oil in water.
“You can do that by looking at the wave pattern on the oil and looking at how it moves in the water,” he explained.
“If it is moving slowly and then it becomes more rapid, you can identify it.”
The researchers said that it would be possible to use the new technology in an oil-based manufacturing process, as well as to identify oil on land.
“Now, I think this technology could be really useful in other industrial applications where you have oil products in the pipeline and the crude oil comes out of those pipelines, or from a land-based application where there is a lot more oil on the ground,” Bresli said.
The researchers said it would also be useful in mining, where oil is typically transported on barges to landfills.
“To understand how oil gets in the ground you need to understand where it is coming from and how much it needs to be transported to get there,” Bremlauer said.