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Generally, arrival time assessments are based on the distance to port and the mean speed of the ship. Our service takes into account the wind, wave, and current conditions during the trip and the effects that they have on the speed.

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Very high-resolution satellite images can effectively support the monitoring of water quality during dredging activities for the installation of new off -shore infrastructures.

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e-GEOS, an ASI/ Telespazio company, has developed an advanced persistent scatterer interferometry approach, named Persistent Scatterer Pairs (PSP) – IFSAR, an original solution to the main limitations of classical techniques in the accurate determination of terrain displacement. The e-GEOS PSPIFSAR high-performance processing chain provides PS measurements over large areas.

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The tropical rain forests round the sprawling Maya site of Calakmul (Mexico) was recognised as natural world heritage site at the UNESCO summit held in Qatar in June. Calakmul joined the select circle of places that can call themselves “mixed cultural and natural world heritage” sites. This new recognition was made possible thanks to an advanced information system for heritage sites, made in Belgium.

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In 2010, Qatar Shell Upstream International B.V. re-entered exploration in Qatar by focusing on the relatively deep conventional Pre-Khuff gas. In order to support Qatar Shell with the execution of onshore and offshore seismic programs, extensive use was made of satellite imagery to derived added values products such as shallow water bathymetry, seabed classification and onshore digital elevation models. Mapping the 740 sq km offshore area using satellite derived bathymetry resoluted in significant time and cost savings, and mitigated HSSE risks. The satellite imagery products were revealed as a key technology in aiding the planning and preparation of the seismic surveys. Figure: Hillshaded view of the Multi-beam echosounding survey data (left MBES, acquisition year: 2003) and overlapping subset of the satellite bathymetry data (middle, acquisition year 2010) and the colour coded difference values between the two datasets (right). Blue to red indicates -ve to +ve elevation change. Annotations indicate features of interest, such as the pipeline trench. © Qatar Shell Upstream International B.V and EOmap

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Surface deformation monitoring can provide valuable information about the dynamic behaviour of reservoirs under production. Measuring these deformations can help to identify undepleted compartments, detect fault reactivation, mitigate risks associated with well failure, constrain geomechanical models, and aid field management decisions. We have demonstrated that satellite InSAR is a powerful tool to measure surface movement and is useful for managing reservoirs under production. SqueeSAR™ is the latest InSAR algorithm developed by TRE. The InSAR analysis covers a stacked carbonate reservoir in the Middle East. The top reservoir is a mature gas with a depth of approximately 750 m, which is known to compact. The lowest reservoir is an oil reservoir with a 1200 m depth produced by a water-flood. Both reservoirs are intersected by a major graben fault, trending NE-SW, as well as numerous additional extensional faults. Approximately 500 producer and injector wells have been drilled in the area. A comparison with existing GPS measurements has shown a good agreement between InSAR and GPS data. We have also inverted InSAR data using a geomechanical model to obtain reservoir strains. These compare well with pressure change maps from reservoir simulations. There is also an intriguing correlation between known fault systems at the reservoir level and the surface displacement data by satellite InSAR. Figure 1 Ground surface response to hydrocarbon extraction. Red circles represent the surface coverage of extracting wells. Arrows indicate horizontal surface movement (East-West).

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