CATALYST.Earth

Using InSAR for SteamInjection Monitoring in Cold Lake, Alberta

Leveraging CATALYST Enterprise’s rapid processing capability made it possible to optimize image selection from over 50,000 archive RapidEye images.

Results:

Using commercially available data such as RADARSAT-2 and TerraSAR-X, Geomatica InSAR is suitable for any land deformation application and allows time series analysis for measuring change and rates across image stacks.

About MDA

In collaboration with MDA – a leading global communications and information company – Catalyst analyzed RADARSAT-2 InSAR imagery on an operational production oil production site located in in Cold Lake, Alberta. MDA previously installed corner reflectors along a key pipeline where cyclic steam stimulation is used to separate oil from sand in order to measure ground deformation.

About Catalyst

CATALYST is a PCI Geomatics brand, which has been introduced to put our leading edge technology into the hands of decision makers.  We’re a startup – with hundreds of algorithms, scalable solutions, and decades of experience.

MDA previously installed corner reflectors along a key pipeline where cyclic steam stimulation is used to separate oil from sand in order to measure ground deformation. The CATALYST Professional InSAR module was used to monitor the surface velocities and deformation of pipelines due to cyclic steam stimulation, and the results were compared to expected deformation values modeled by the client, as well as the previous InSAR measurements of MDA using the same imagery.