Baker Hughes General Electric (BHGE) recently announced a new product line called Lumen. This product is a digital integrated monitoring system that will make invisible gasses visible. This product has been designed and developed in conjunction with Oklahoma State University.
OSU began working with BHGE on Lumen since the beginning in 2015.
“[BHGE] approached us because we were already working on CO2 and methane inspection aircrafts for the department of energy,” said Jamey Jacob, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering (MAE) and John Hendrix Chair and Director of the Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI) at OSU. “This work, which a student was doing at the time for his master’s thesis, dovetailed nicely with their needs.”
OSU students have assisted in the design, development, and flight testing of the UAS platform and field testing at oil and gas sites to ensure that it was working properly. This work has been with USRI engineers and OSU alumni Taylor Mitchell and Dane Johnson. This group also worked with BHGE on the development of software for data analytics to predict leak location and amount from a few measurements, which has included novel model development and computer simulations. This work has included USRI engineer Rakshit Allamraju and MAE faculty Balaji Jayaraman.
“Methane emission reduction is one of the most pressing needs in the oil and gas industry today,” according to the Lumen promotional video. “Current measurement practices are inaccurate and inefficient putting you at risk of dangerous, damaging and costly leaks. BHGE have developed a ground breaking digital integrated monitoring system making the invisible visible. Ground sensors provide 24/7 protection, 360-degree coverage, leak location, leak concentration and leak rate quantification. Ground sensors create a digital mesh network. Where ground sensors are not an option, take to the air with our integrated multi-faceted UAV giving you leak location, leak concentration, leak rate quantification plus high resolution imagery. Revealing not just the what, but the where and the how much. Both ground and UAV solutions stream live quantifiable data to an intuitive cloud dashboard with fully customizable interface, real time data and alerts. Make quick and reliable decisions saving you time, money, your reputation and the environment.”
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