Sensor Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry


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Offshore oil rig


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The International Space Station

At first glance, space and oil seem like two completely unrelated and divergent industries. However, people working in these areas are often presented with many of the same goals and challenges. The oil & gas industry is constantly looking for ways to cost-effectively meet regulatory standards, improve safety and get more out of their production process and facilities. NASA does the same. They are also are both challenged with working in harsh, remote, and often unexplored environments. Compare the International Space Station (ISS) to an offshore oil rig, for example. Both are extremely complex engineering structures that house crews of people in extremely hostile and remote environments. They both need to be monitored and maintained.

Advanced sensors are becoming increasingly more important in both industries. As the internet of things (IoT) continues to grow, new technologies are being developed every day by companies that want to stay competitive. Fortunately, NASA has developed many sensor technologies that are applicable to dynamic needs of the oil and gas industry, and through technology licensing they can be used to give your organization a leg up on the competition.

Below, we’ve highlighted small selection of technologies in our sensors portfolio that we think could be a good fit for the oil and gas industry.

Sensing Magnetic Fields

Passive RFID Tag with Long Range and Wide Coverage Capabilities

Optical Mass Sensor for Multi-Phase Flows

Fiber-Optic Sensing and Characterization Portfolio

Streamlined Liquid Level Sensing Using Fiber Optics

Coated or Doped Carbon Nanotube Network Sensors as affected by Environmental Parameters

Gas Sensors Based on Coated and Doped Carbon Nanotubes

Detection of Presence of Chemical Precursors

Floating Ultrasonic System

You can search our entire portfolio of technologies for solutions to your need by clicking here. You can in read more about the technology licensing process here.