OIL & GAS MONITORING » Overview

USSI’s primary focus is to develop and manufacture sensor systems for the Oil & Gas sector based upon proprietary fiber optic technology. These sensors, which are powered only by light, are designed to replace the 50-year old copper wire-based sensor technology that is currently in widespread use within the oil Exploration and Production (E&P) industry.

Unconventional Gas & Oil Fracture Monitoring
The combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are the key techniques that have made recovery of shale gas economically viable. Environmental concerns regarding aquifer contamination and gas migration are now threatening to limit widespread extraction of shale gas using these techniques. Meticulous monitoring during these extraction processes could allay these concerns, however, such monitoring using today’s technology is simply not affordable. At less than 1/5 the cost of conventional monitoring technology, USSI is changing the rules.

The USSI fiber optic geophone provides superior
precision in every key category:

» Sensitivity
» Noise Floor
» Distortion
  » Bandwidth
» Dynamic Range

4D Reservoir Monitoring
New oil discoveries are not keeping pace with the worldwide demand for oil. To make up for this shortfall, more oil must be produced from existing fields, which dictates increased use of 4D seismic techniques (repeated 3D seismic images to monitor the movement of oil reservoir fluids over time) to increase the percentage of oil extracted. For 4D to be cost-effective, permanently-installed seismic sensors are needed. Only USSI’s fiber optic seismic sensors can meet the demanding performance, cost, and reliability requirements needed for 4D.

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Benefits of USSI's Fiber Optic Oil & Gas Monitoring:
» Reliable: The only technology capable of supporting new recovery techniques required to meet the world's increasing demand
» Precise: Sensor data can be transmitted for miles without performance degradation
» Inherently Safe: No sparks or heat generated, and no copper wire, electronics, or electricity at the sensor
» Cost-effective: A less expensive alternative for permanently-installed equipment
» Revolutionary: 4 patents issues, 14 patents pending

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