Drones offer 360° vision for oil-hunting geologists

Michael Parker, Paul Baggaley (Interviewee), Gabor Thomas (Interviewee), John Howell (Interviewee)

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Geologists are using drones to help extract more resources from the North Sea, using the latest visual technologies to identify oil-bearing rocks.

Using an eight-rotor, camera-equipped “octocopter” drone to record rock faces in minute detail, the research team from the Universities of Aberdeen and Bergen in Norway are creating a “Google Earth for geologists”.

John Howell, Aberdeen’s chair of geology and petroleum geology, explained that while two boreholes drilled a mile apart can provide rock samples to examine, the nature of the rock between remains unknown – and could be very different.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2014


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