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Scientists from Saint- Petersburg are developing a laser scanner to search for oil and gas fields

May 30, 2017


Young scientists from the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) are working on the development of a laser device that will enable exploration of oil and gas fields. As the project manager Sergey Kashcheev has informed, the device can appear at the disposal of geologists within 3-5 years.

"I believe that within 3-5 years it's realistic to make a device suitable for field application, to develop an appropriate methodology, software," Kashcheev said at a press conference in the St. Petersburg TASS press center on the Global Energy Prize.

The scientists were able to advance in the development of this system thanks to the grant of the All-Russian contest of youth research projects in the field of energy the Energy of Youth, received in 2015. "Support in the form of a grant made it possible to solve the problems of prototyping the most critical nodes, develop software applications for processing the results of sounding, and also conduct a technical and economic assessment of the results of introducing technology into the real sector of the economy," Kashcheev said.

The developers were also able to conduct one of the key experiments to detect substances - field indicators, which, as Kashcheev noted, "are inevitably present in the surface layer of the atmosphere above the field." "The discovery of this aureole, the so-called anomaly, allows one to judge with a high degree of probability about the presence or absence of deposits in the search area," the scientist said.

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