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Geologists In Norway Are Using Drones With Cameras To Hunt For Oil

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the just-like-the-us-army-in-iraq dept.

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garymortimer writes "Geologists have long used seismology on the bottom of the ocean or have been throwing dynamite from snowmobiles when they look for oil. But now researchers at Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research, a joint venture between the University of Bergen and Uni Research, have found a new preferred method – using drones to map new oil reserves from the air. ... The group’s main task is to create digital maps in 3D of potential oil fields. Using laser scanners, infrared sensors and digital cameras, the researchers create realistic, virtual models. ... Pictures shot with the help of a drone complement the images from low-level terrain that the researchers already have in hand. The end result is more precise and complete 3D models."

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Where's the proof? :) (2)

tatman (1076111) | about a year ago | (#43753805)

I was hoping for link to an article that explained this in more detail.....

Re:Where's the proof? :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43753841)

I can't see how any of this relates directly to oil.

Re:Where's the proof? :) (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#43753855)

If they did, there's a good chance they'd be letting out trade secrets that other oil companies could use too.

Re:Where's the proof? :) (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#43754763)

Obvious: GP works for BP.

Re:Where's the proof? :) (1)

anyanka (1953414) | about a year ago | (#43756095)

I guess this is publicly funded research, so the results should be available. That being said, it's kind of refreshing to not even have the ability to RTFA.

Re:Where's the proof? :) (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754069)

Hey, you don't need a link. You can't trust stuff on the Internet. Trust me.

Re:Where's the proof? :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754571)

Trust the parent that you can trust stuff on the internet, but don't trust me.

Re:Where's the proof? :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754195)

No, no, I want to know who thinks drones _without_ cameras for doing anything would be a good idea. *boom*

Re:Where's the proof? :) (1)

mikael (484) | about a year ago | (#43757149)

Advertising banners and messages ...

Re:Where's the proof? :) (1)

hurfy (735314) | about a year ago | (#43754697)

When you hover your mouse over the map it says "oil"

Re:Where's the proof? :) (1)

OhSoLaMeow (2536022) | about a year ago | (#43754815)

When you hover your mouse over the map it says "oil"

Only if you have "Tool Tips" enabled.

Re:Where's the proof? :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43756963)

Here a Google Translated link to an article with a video (English commentary) that explains the drone is cheaper than a helicopter.

http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.cipr.uni.no/%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3DRMn%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=no&u=http://www.uib.no/aktuelt/nyheter/2013/04/med-droner-paa-oljejakt&usg=ALkJrhhAFqjt25NmQO0EFk7IwtE7mtXOjA

This would work great in the Middle East. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43753815)

We could combine anti-terrorist drone strikes with seismological surveys and get a pretty decent map of the oil reserves. Win-win!

Hunting for oil? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43753831)

So, what do they shoot the oil with? A 7.62mm NATO?

Or is it catch and release?

Re:Hunting for oil? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754329)

Duh! They said "drones", so obviously it's Hellfire missiles.

Nothing new (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754011)

I work for a geoscience company, this isn't new technology just a refinement or techniques already in use

Re:Nothing new (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754223)

I work for a geoscience company, this isn't new technology just a refinement or techniques already in use

Isn't that how it always works? Refine something, paste a new buzz-word to it, and Profit! ?

Re: Nothing new (1)

toastar (573882) | about a year ago | (#43755481)

Are there companies offering grav/mag drones? I've had surveys delayed months due to the pilot being unavailable.

Re:Nothing new (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#43758413)

Yeah. Like Cessna 172s. I'm not sure why this is so different from flying around in a single engine prop plane - the kind you can rent for a couple of hundred per hour. Or buy for a small multiple of a drone cost. And it comes with a pilot so you don't have to worry (too much) about crashing.

Dream job (3, Insightful)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#43754033)

throwing dynamite from snowmobiles when they look for oil

Damn, I should have been a geologist.

Re:Dream job (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | about a year ago | (#43754149)

throwing dynamite from snowmobiles when they look for oil

Damn, I should have been a geologist.

"What's all that dynamite for?"

"Who cares? it makes a real fucking cool boom..."

Trust me (1)

PPH (736903) | about a year ago | (#43754457)

You walk into an AutoZone looking for a case of 10W50 with a lit stick of dynamite and the clerks will help you out pretty damn fast.

Re:Dream job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754869)

throwing dynamite from snowmobiles when they look for oil

Damn, I should have been a geologist.

That's the infancy of seismic survey for you. Light a stick of dynamite. Mark the time and call that time zero. Throw the stick in the approximate direction of source. Then you read whatever was recorded and compare with detonation time and location. Crude, but cool. Not like the wimpy differentiated/corrected GPS we use for precision source positioning and timing nowadays.

I wanted to be one - a geologist (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754921)

I wanted to be a geologist because i think rocks are cool.

The program meant taking - almost majoring in all: chemistry, physics, math, earth science (geology).

Good god! 15+ course hours of ALL lab science for 4 years!

When physicians bitch about their training, I just smile to myself and think of the geologists.

Please, a year of calculus, physics, chemistry, organic chem and biology to get into med school? That's it? And then to study what's basically sr. level science for a year or two and then learning to say "turn your head and cough"? Really?

The AMA has done a great job of keeping mediocre science students employed and making a great living.

Re:Dream job (1)

antdude (79039) | about a year ago | (#43758517)

It's not too late. :)

FROST pIST (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754155)

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Fascinating link, thanks! (4, Funny)

tocsy (2489832) | about a year ago | (#43754209)

Mediocre summary as usual, but TFA was really well written and interesting!

Re:Fascinating link, thanks! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754341)

Very funny. It wasn't that impressive [www.uib.no] , but I think this is the link they forgot.

Aerial mapping is not new ... (3, Insightful)

perpenso (1613749) | about a year ago | (#43754263)

Aerial mapping is not new. The only thing that has changed is that the pilot is now remote. Is every instance of data acquisition from an aerial platform where the pilot becomes remote some sort of breaking news event?

EXTRA!! EXTRA!! READ ALL ABOUT IT! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754335)

Pornographers shooting scenes from the air using DRONE technology!

Re:EXTRA!! EXTRA!! READ ALL ABOUT IT! (1)

tatman (1076111) | about a year ago | (#43755571)

We definitely need links to see this :)

Re:Aerial mapping is not new ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754755)

Next, you can fly from city to city with giant _manned_ drones!

Re:Aerial mapping is not new ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754771)

'...with a drone.' is kind of like '...over the internet.'.

Re:Aerial mapping is not new ... (1)

garymortimer (1882326) | about a year ago | (#43760949)

Well, the mapping is getting smarter, cheaper and faster. The technology is not coming soon to the USA due to FAA and industrial military complex roadblocks. This is perfect for the rest of the world. As ever Europe leads the way in aviation.

Why not just (1)

LeadSongDog (1120683) | about a year ago | (#43754453)

program the drones to look for big red trucks with "Halliburton" signs?

geophysicists not geologists (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754691)

Geophysicists not geologists use siesmology data...this is a common misconception of people outside of the field. There is a big distinction between the two. Geologists look at the first 10 feet of rock...Geophysicists look at everything below that.

Don da da da da don, da da da da da don (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754729)

"throwing dynamite from snowmobiles," was that a Moore or Connery? I'm thinking Jaws was in it too so probably the former.

The Radio (1)

JBMcB (73720) | about a year ago | (#43754757)

I have no problem with drones flying around uninhabited border areas looking for stuff. Fly 'em around the US national parks to look for poachers or campers in trouble, patrol the borders of Canada and Mexico, monitor oil pipelines - whatever.

I have a major problem with them flying around inhabited areas. The RF spectrum is relatively clean out in the boonies. When you get into inhabited, and especially industrial areas, it gets downright vicious. You have high tension power lines, cell towers, microwave repeaters, industrial gear that dumps garbage all over the spectrum (plasma cutters, giant high-torque AC motors, arc welders) FM, AM and landmobile towers, weather and aviation radar - it's a nightmare. I don't want anything flying around that doesn't have a manual override over my house.

Re:The Radio (1)

anyanka (1953414) | about a year ago | (#43755767)

Norway's mostly uninhabited anyway, so it shouldn't be a problem in this case.

Re:The Radio (1)

mikael (484) | about a year ago | (#43757211)

Makes me want to see what the RF spectrum of a city would look like from street view levels - I'm imagining seeing all the buildings in X-rays and all the noise sources looking like sparklers reflected by the steel frames, walls and signs.

Drill baby drill (1)

zmaragdus (1686342) | about a year ago | (#43756587)

Drone baby drone? Yeah yeah, it's Norway and not the US...

LINK (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43758463)

http://www.uib.no/news/nyheter/2013/05/the-drones-of-oil

We have enough oil already (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43759735)

We have already used up the easy oil, but we are still addicted to the stuff and have made no real attempt to break free from the stuff. If we stop subsidizing the exploration of it, maybe we will have to work on creating better ways to power cars and trucks that don't pollute and corrupt.

And who are the real eco-terrorists...Exxon, Kock brothers, BP, OPEC, Halliburton, and the tar sands idiots.

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